Call for Papers | The Stoke Sessions: An International Conference on the Culture, History and Politics of Surfing and Skateboarding April 20-23, 2023 | Call ends January 16, 2023

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Join us for our conference that aims to bring together scholars from all backgrounds and disciplines – humanities, social and natural sciences, cultural studies, ethnic studies, indigenous studies, sports studies, etc. in a comprehensive examination of surfing and skateboarding. We also welcome graduate and undergraduate students, writers, journalists, community activists, professional and casual surfers/skaters to join us in a celebration of, and critical reflection upon, the culture, history and politics of surfing and skateboarding and their various progeny like snowboarding, windsurfing, etc.

Conference Organizing Committee

    • Lydia Heberling, CSU San Luis Obispo
    • David Kamper, San Diego State University
    • Sam Kobari, San Diego State University
    • Kristin Lawler, College of Mount St. Vincent
    • William Nericcio, San Diego State University
    • Jess Ponting, San Diego State University
    • Michael Roberts, San Diego State University
    • Madison Swayne, San Diego State University

Scholars from all backgrounds and disciplines – including but not limited to the humanities, social sciences, sports studies, Indigenous studies, cultural studies, ethnic studies, etc. – are invited to join us in a comprehensive examination of surfing and skateboarding. We also welcome graduate and undergraduate students, writers, journalists, artists, community activists, professional as well as casual surfers and skateboarders to join us in a celebration of, and critical reflection upon, the culture, history and politics of surfing and skateboarding and their various progeny like snowboarding, windsurfing, etc.

Topics for consideration include, but are not limited to:

      • The History of the Relationship between Surfing and Skateboarding
      • The Cultural Politics of Surfing and/or Skateboarding
      • Sport or Lifestyle?
      • The Question of Skateboarding and Surfing in the Olympics
      • The Political Economy of Surfing and/or Skateboarding
      • Constructing and Deconstructing Identities: Race, Class and Gender in Surfing and/or Skateboarding
      • Embodiment in Roll and Flow: The Experience/Phenomenology of Surfing and/or Skateboarding
      • The Production of Social Space in Skateboarding Cultures
      • Surfing and/or Skateboarding Sexualities
      • Sustainability, Environmentalism, and Coastal Access and Protection
      • Ecologically Friendly Product Development and Manufacturing

Other topics include, but are not limited to the following:

      • Skateboarding/Surfing and Black Lives Matter
      • Indigeneity in Surfing and Skateboarding
      • BIPOC Participation in Board Sports
      • Adaptive Surfing and Skating
      • Surf Tourism
      • Skateboarding and the Urban Form
      • Surfing and the Labor/Leisure Question
      • Resistance to the Criminalization of Skateboarding
      • Skate Plazas and Wave Pools
      • Nature, the Sublime and Surfing
      • Skateboarding and Anti-/Gentrification
      • Surfing and Anti-/Colonialism
      • Skateboarding and/or Surfing in Popular Culture
      • Surfing and/or Skateboarding on Film
      • Surfing and/or Skateboarding in Music
      • Impact of Technology on Board Sports
      • Surfing in Borderlands
      • Liminal Spaces: The Cultural/Political Dynamics Inside the Surf Zone Along the Mexico-US Border

If you are interested in presenting a paper, a poster, an art project or organizing a panel, please submit a 300-word abstract by January 16, 2023. For panels, please also include a title for the panel and list of panelists.

Select papers and artifacts (paintings, photos, etc.) will be given consideration for publication in the inaugural issue of the new journal, Board Cultures: The International Journal of Surfing and Skateboarding Studies.

Send all correspondence to surfskatestudies@sdsu.edu.

Visit the conference website @ https://surfskate.sdsu.edu/conference

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