Call for Papers | “The Representation of Race in Sports Journalism and Media”, the Sports Media Identity Network Event #3 | Sheffield Hallam University, June 30, 2023. Call ends April 21, 2023

Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport has been condemned by anti-racism group Fare for using the headline Black Friday along with a picture of players Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku to preview Friday’s match between Inter Milan and AS Roma. (December 2019)

For the Sports Media Identity Network’s third event, we are inviting presentations which interrogate the role that the sports media, in particular sports journalism, plays in the framing of race in sport. Although this one-day event, which will be held at Sheffield Hallam on June 30 2023, has a broad focus, we particularly welcome abstracts concerning themes of diversity, representation and collaboration.

Launched in May 2022, the central aim of the Sports Media Identity Network is a platform for the knowledge exchange between scholars (from a range of disciplines) who are united by a focus on sports media, and industry stakeholders and practitioners. As such, we welcome expressions of interest from academics, postgraduates, students, practitioners, and policy makers.

Our first two events have explored the representation of LGBT+ athletes and issues in sports media and the framing of para-athletes and dis/ability in sport. In addition to research presentations, the conference will include workshop activities designed to facilitate dialogue between members of the academy and sports media practitioners.

This work will identify best practice and lead to a final report with recommendations for sports media practitioners, researchers and stakeholders, and a special edition collection.


We welcome 15-minute papers, multi-media or documentary presentations on topics including, but not limited to:

      • Inclusive and exclusive framing of minority ethnic sportsmen and women
      • Diversity in sports journalism and related media industries
      • Policy (and/or other) recommendations for tackling discrimination in sports media
      • Pathways to sharing research with media practitioners
      • Pathways to inter-disciplinary collaboration

Submissions are due by Friday, April 21, 2023 and should:

      1. Be sent in the form of a Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx)
      2. Not exceed 300 words
      3. Include the title of the paper
      4. Include the author’s full name, title, position and institution
      5. Include a brief professional biography (not exceeding 50 words)

Submissions should be sent to: with the subject header: “Abstract: Sports Media Identity Network Event 3″ 

It is intended that the network’s events will lead to a special edition collection for Palgrave MacMillan.

The event is FREE, but places are limited. You can register here. For more information about the event, and the network, please visit our website.

A small number of travel and accommodation bursaries are available for Early Career Researchers. Details on request.

Keynote speaker

To be announced 

Keynote panel

To be announced 

Key dates

  • February 2022: Call for papers open
  • 21 April 2023: Deadline for the submission of abstracts
  • 28 April 2023: Notification of acceptance
  • 16 June 2023: Registration Deadline
  • 30 June 2023: SMIN Conference #3


Hallam View, Hallam Square, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2LX. Click here for information about travelling to the venue. Information about accommodation is available here.


Dr Beth Fielding-Lloyd, Associate Professor, Sheffield Hallam University 

Roger Domeneghetti FHEA

Assistant Professor, Journalism
Programme Leader, Media & Journalism, and Journalism & English Literature

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