CfP, Soccer as a Global Phenomenon, Harvard (USA), April 2016

Call for Papers

Weatherhead Initiative on Global History
Harvard University
April 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2016

Soccer is the most global of games and one of the most vigorous engines of the process commonly known, celebrated, or feared as globalization. Beyond its immense popularity, soccer now enjoys tremendous success as a global industry with many interlocking parts in an intricate architecture of organizations that represent clubs, nations, regions, and continents. Just as the game once took shape in the context of the reconfiguration of social life in industrializing societies, the industrialization of soccer itself accompanies profound changes in the disciplines of labor and leisure during the New Media Age with its unprecedented power to penetrate distant corners and private spaces via digital links. Yet, the game still derives much of its vitality from passions rooted in a sense of place and of community.

The organizing theme of the conference is precisely this tension or modes of accommodation between the globalizing impulse and the tenacious appeal of local attachments, past and present. We are interested in exploring different dimensions of that theme while sparking a conversation about the relevance of a study of soccer and of sports for a deeper critical understanding of global history and of globalization.

We are seeking proposals from scholars at all stages of their academic career, including graduate students, who wish to present their original research on a variety of topics dealing with social, political, or economic aspects of different ecosystems of the world of soccer –including modest clubs and lesser known leagues as well as global icons and organizations like FIFA— or with the evolution of  “the beautiful game” itself.  We are particularly interested in forging a global discussion of these topics, and therefore especially welcome contributions from outside North America and Europe.

Submission guidelines:

Please submit a single doc or pdf file including an abstract of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to with the subject line “Soccer2016.” We recommend including a header with your name on every page of your submission.

Paper Proposals are due September 1st, 2015. Late proposals will not be accepted.

Applicants will be notified in October 2015. If accepted, you will be asked for a draft paper by March 1st.  We hope to cover all (economy class) travel costs, accommodation and meals, pending the availability of funds.

Conference Conveners:

Francesco Erspamer, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature, Harvard University; Cemal Kafadar, Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies, Department of History, Harvard UniversityMariano Siskind, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature, Harvard University.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 – 16:00 to Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 14:00



Besançon (FR), 26-27 Nov 2015: “Comics and Sport”

During the final talks of the fruitful international conference named “body languages in comics” set up by the junior drawn sciences laboratory of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Lyon on 8th and 9th October 2014, the idea to carry on, in a more precise way, the numerous debates on the occasion of a later scientific event was mentioned.
In light of this, the C3S laboratory (“culture, sport, health and society”) of the University of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté considers holding an international symposium in order to study how sport is depicted in comics.
Researchers in the C3S laboratory dedicate their work to sport sciences with a theoretical and epistemological commitment marked by interdisciplinarity. According to this stance, the international conference will be open to various contributions allowing to understand the representations (whether they be historical, sociological, anthropological, literary, semiotic, psychological…etc…) of sport in comics. This scientific event will be organized within the premises of the UPFR Sports in Besançon on 26th and 27th November 2015.

Appel Bande dessinée et sport

Swansea (Wales), 2-4 Sept. 2015, BSSH Conference

British Society for Sport History (BSSH) conference.

The 2015 BSSH conference takes place at the Singleton Campus of Swansea University in south Wales. It begins at 1pm on Wednesday 2 September and concludes at 2pm on Friday 4 September.

The annual Sir Derek Birley Memorial lecture will be given by Professor Mike Huggins (Cumbria University).

Dr David Snowdon, winner of the society’s 2014 Lord Aberdare Literary Prize, will also give a keynote lecture.

Proposals for twenty-minute papers should be sent to Dr Martin Johnes via email ( by 30 May 2015. Proposals should be a maximum of 200 words long. The final conference programme will be announced in mid June.

More information on the BSSH webpage at :

Crewe (UK), 9-10 Sept. 2015, Manchester Metropolitan University. Third Biannual International Coaching Conference

The third iteration of the biannual international coaching conferences organised by the MMU Cluster for Research into Coaching (CRiC) takes place in Crewe, Cheshire, England over the 9th and 10th September 2015. This event has previously attracted all the leading UK scholars researching into coaching, as well as colleagues from abroad, and has provided an important platform for dissemination and networking. It has also proved a successful medium through which postgraduate students working in the area can gain widespread exposure. Selected papers from the conference are published in a special edition of Sports Coaching Review.

2015 Conference First Call for Papers flyer