Call for Papers | The Multiplicity of Hockey II: Delivering new understandings of the game | The Hockey Conference, July 5–7, 2018, University of Alberta, Edmonton. Call ends December 15, 2017

The Hockey Conference is a biennial event held at various locations throughout North America. It has instrumentally advanced scholarship on ice hockey, and brings together hockey scholars and community members interested in or working in hockey. The upcoming conference will be hosted by Dr. Cheryl A. MacDonald of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education in Edmonton, Canada.

The conference committee invites abstract submissions from scholars in various fields whose work engages with  the sport of hockey, in all its diverse forms, in a multitude of ways. These can include, but are not limited to, historical, empirical, conceptual, and artistic approaches to the sport. This is the first call for abstracts; please submit them to Dr. Cheryl MacDonald at by Friday December 15th. Those who wish to have their work included in a peer-reviewed collection of proceedings from the conference are advised to submit their abstracts by this date. Papers that focus on diversity and inclusion in a hockey context, a key theme of the conference, are preferred for the collection as this will be a key theme of the conference; however, all abstracts   are most welcome.

Hockey is played and experienced in variety of manners. In some ways, it is ever changing. In others, it remains timelessly the same. Like many aspects of the social world, it can be influenced by factors such as globalization, the economic market, health and safety concerns, and the identities of those participating in it. Although diversity and inclusion will be highlighted, the conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum for researchers to present their work and facilitate discussion surrounding topics such as the following:

  • Analytics
  • Business and economics
  • Coaching
  • Community building and development
  • Embodiment and ability
  • Family
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Globalization
  • History
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Media
  • Popular culture
  • Race and ethnicity
  • And more…


  • Abstracts should be 150-250 words and include a presentation title
  • Please provide your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information on the abstract
  • Be sure to indicate if you would like to be considered for the edited collection of proceedings
  • Multiple abstract submission are permitted
  • The first deadline is Friday December 15th. Those wishing to be considered for the edited collection of proceedings are advised to submit by this date.
  • Submissions and questions can be directed to Cheryl MacDonald at     |     @thehockeyconf     |    #thehockeyconf2018

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