Call for Session Organizers | North American Society for the Sociology of Sport 35th Annual Conference November 5-8, 2014 Portland, OR

cheThe 35th annual conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) will be held November 5-8, 20014 at the Embassy Suites—Downtown Portland, in Portland, Oregon, USA.  The theme for this year’s conference is “The Sporting Arena—Academics, Activists & Activism[s].”  Those interested in organizing a session should submit a session title, with a brief objective, by Friday, April 25th to the program chair, Jane Stangl, Email: jstangl@smith.edu.

This year’s theme is: The Sporting Arena—Academics, Activists & Activism[s]

In a globalized market place, the increasing visibility of sporting events via social media and advanced technologies offer myriad possibilities for social and political engagement; consider the Olympic Games (Sochi), Brazil’s impending World Cup, Qatar in 2022, NCAA  (National Collegiate Athletic Association) recommendations on trans-inclusion, the Boston Marathon and more.   What are the impacts of such events on sport for development, sport for peace, sport as relief?  As related to NASSS then, what role does the academic—especially the sociologist of sport—play in this public discourse and how do we contribute (or not) to these broad yet politically induced changes and challenges at local, national and international levels.

In this spirit we also welcome sessions that are not directly related to the conference theme. Sessions that enhance interdisciplinary conversations and encourage new ways of thinking about sport are particularly welcome. While we wish to solicit session titles with very broad themes as in the past (e.g., “Sport and the Media”), the program committee is also interested in securing sessions that promote specific or focused content related to the theme. For example, session organizers might focus on various activist movements in response to recent events, academics as public intellectuals, and given our location in Portland, OR, home of NIKE, timely attention to their influence.   For further information, please contact the Chair of the Program Committee, or any Program Committee member:

An Early Reminder

A second call seeking paper abstracts and posters will begin shortly after the 2014 sessions have been proposed and finalized.  The final deadline for submitting paper abstracts and poster abstracts will be June 15th, 2014.  Look for the “2014 Call for Abstracts/Papers” as well as more details about keynote speakers and conference activities in mid- May on the NASSS website www.nasss.org  

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