Call for Papers | “Transgressing Boundaries: Migration and Sport”, a SiNAFE Conference | March 3-4, 2023, at Istanbul Bilgi University. Call ends February 8, 2023 

Future football migrants? Beninese children play football. (Shutterstock/Anton_Ivanov)

It is a pleasure to invite you to submit your abstract for the conference entitled “Transgressing Boundaries: Migration and Sport,” organized by Istanbul Bilgi University, as part of the “Social Inclusion of African Athletes in Europe (SiNAFE)” project, which will take place at Istanbul Bilgi University on March 3-4, 2023. 

SiNAFE is a collaborative partnership project funded by the European Commission within the scope of the Erasmus+ Sport Program. In this project, we try to preserve a simple but crucial idea: having equal conditions in sports is a human right. With the idea that “sport is a human right,” the project wants to promote social inclusion and help make sure that everyone has equal opportunities in sports, with a particular focus on migrants. Sport is oftentimes cited as the perfect tool for upward mobility, and many young athletes attach their hopes and dreams to sport, particularly football, to ascend socially. Still, migrant athletes continue to suffer from social exclusion. For further information about the SiNAFE Project please see 

The theme of migration and sport highlights the ongoing need to discuss the topic of migration from a social science perspective, with its critical elements including human rights, children’s rights violations, gender equality, social inclusion, and other related topics. 

The main goals of this international conference are: 

      • to create a space in which scientific studies on migration and sport will be shared, 
      • to encourage further studies, as well as endeavors, on the inclusion of migrant athletes in Europe. 

The conference will include panel sessions with participants and a workshop for graduate students. 

Graduate students and early-career scholars are encouraged to submit their works in progress. 

Guide for submissions

Abstracts should be no longer than 350 words, in English, and sent to by January 31, 2023 until 12:00 a.m. GMT. The subject line of your submission e-mail should read as follows: “Transgressing Boundaries_ Name Surname.” 

Registration is free and covers full participation in all conference sessions, coffee and tea breaks. Participants are responsible for their transportation and accommodation costs. 

Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission: February 8, 2023 Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2023. Date of the conference: March 3-4, 2023 

Please direct all inquiries and submissions to no later than February 8, 2023 / 12:00 a.m. GMT. 

We look forward to seeing you at “Transgressing Boundaries: Migration and Sport.” 

Submission Themes 

We welcome abstracts centering on the following topics: 

      • Social inclusion through sports 
      • Human trafficking in sports 
      • Gender and migration in sports 
      • Children’s rights in sports migration 
      • Transnational identity and sports 
      • The history of sports migration 
      • Sports migration in or from Africa 
      • Other related issues 

For further details please visit the conference website: 

Organizing Committee

İlknur Hacısoftaoğlu (
Cem Tınaz (
Yağmur Nuhrat (
Gülbeyaz Sert (
Serhat Yılmaz ( 

Scientific Committee

Prof. Dr. Pınar Uyan Semerci, Istanbul Bilgi University
Prof. Dr. Emre Erdoğan, Istanbul Bilgi University
Prof. Dr. Burak Özçetin, Istanbul Bilgi University
Prof. Dr. Itır Erhart, Istanbul Bilgi University
Prof. Dr. Ömer Turan, Istanbul Bilgi University
Assoc. Prof. Yağmur Nuhrat, Istanbul Bilgi University
Dr. Serhat Yılmaz, Loughborough University
Dr. Nuno Filipe de Castro Oliveira, University Institute of Lisbon
Dr. İlknur Hacısoftaoğlu, Istanbul Bilgi University
Dr. Cem Tınaz, Hague University of Applied Sciences
Dr. Carlos Nolasco, University of Coimbra
Dr. Sandra Radenović, University of Belgrade

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