Call For Session Proposals | North American Society of the Sociology of Sport 2015 Conference

North American Society of the Sociology of Sport 2015 Conference
Santa Fe, New Mexico | El Dorado Hotel and Spa

Sports at/on the Borderlands:
Translations, Transitions, and Transgressions

Conference Committee Chair, Cheryl Cooky.

Inspired by this year’s conference location, Santa Fe, New Mexico, the conference theme engages in questions and considerations of borders, borderlands, and border work to explore the ways in which sports both materially and discursively constitute and are constituted by, in, and through myriad borders (whether geographic, economic, gender, racial, embodied, mediated, cultural, and so on). Session organizers are encouraged to engage the theme in creative and innovative ways. Sessions may engage how sports, sporting cultures, physical cultures, and/or body cultures, construct, navigate, and/ or dismantle such borders. Sessions might also engage the work sports do in the liminal spaces that exist in and around borders. Sessions may also consider how sports studies scholarship can most effectively be translated to communities for advocacy and social change, the potential and/or struggle in constructing translations between academic and public audiences, and what might be lost and/or gained in translational practices. Sessions may examine sports as “contested activities” wherein participants construct, navigate, and resist sports inherent transitional contents, forms, meanings, and relations. Sessions may also engage with the following questions: What ways do sports serve as a site for transgressions? What are sports potential as a transgressive space? Sessions may also consider how the discipline of “Sociology of Sports,” and specifically NASSS, serves as the site for the production of borders, whether those are disciplinary, theoretical or methodological, and address the question of what we can do/ are we doing as scholars to translate or transgress the very borders we construct, and whether this translation/ transgression desirable, and if so, for whom?


Session proposals should include the name, institutional affiliation, and email address of the session organizer; a title of no more than 10 words; and a brief abstract (100-150 words maximum) that describes the session and ideally how the session fits into the conference theme. Please submit session proposals as a Microsoft word document with Times New Roman 12- point font, 1-inch margins, left-justified text. Please submit session proposals to the Conference Committee Chair, Cheryl Cooky at by May 11, 2015.


Session organizers will be notified of their acceptance on or before May 15, 2015. Call for Abstracts will be released on May 15, 2015. Deadline for submission of Abstracts is June 15, 2015. Session organizers will notify authors of abstract acceptance and submit their completed sessions (4-5 papers/presentations) no later than June 30, 2015. Final session submission is due July 15, 2015.

Santa Fe +1 Initiative

In partnership with the Diversity and Conference Climate Committee Interim Chair, Dr. Algerian Hart, the 2015 Conference Committee is pleased to announce the “Santa Fe +1” initiative. The goal of this initiative is to expand the audience for the NASSS conference to include those who have never attended the NASSS conference or who have not attended for some time. NASSS members are encouraged to invite a +1; this can be a colleague, student, peer, or friend who has never been to NASSS and to invite them to register and participate in the conference. As you are considering organizing a session and/ or submitting an abstract, we encourage you to distribute the announcements and Calls to your networks, and bring to your +1 to Santa Fe!

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