CfP: Sport, Gender and Media Conference - deadline: 12th December 2011

Conference Call For Papers

Call for Papers
Sport, Gender and Media
10th March 2012
CFP deadline: 12th December 2011

We invite all postgraduate and early career researchers interested in gendered aspects of sport to a one-day interdisciplinary conference.

This is a growing academic field which addresses important questions about equality, public health, representation, participation, citizenship and ‘fair play.’ With the Olympics in the UK, and a likely glut of related journalism, 2012 is an opportune time to investigate the framing of media relationships between sport and gender.

The conference will be interdisciplinary, and welcomes contributions from many fields in order to foster understanding of, and promote relationships between a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. We also intend to celebrate the achievements of women in sport, and this conference will be part of the marking International Women’s Day.

The aims of this event are to:
· Demonstrate and enrich the depth of study in this field.
· Bring together academics, activists and others working on sport, gender and media.

The focus of the Conference is the relationship of media to sport and gender; however, papers addressing sports issues which underpin and inform this field will be considered. Topics might consider any of the following (but not limited to this list):
· Sports journalism and gender equality
· Gendered participation in elite sport
· National identity through team sport
· Media representations of race in sport
· Sport in the age of the internet
· Mixed gender or coed sport
· Sports fans and fandom
· History of sport media
· Sports stars and sporting heroes
· Sports institutions, national sports programmes in schools and government intervention
· Obesity, health and sport
· Media’s categorization of women’s sport: Authentic sports pages, or weight loss/lifestyle magazine.
· Media and the sport binary
· Non-mainstream sport

Abstracts for papers, posters or roundtable discussion should be 300 words and emailed to by the deadline of Monday 12th December with ‘Sport, Gender and Media abstract’ in the subject heading. For more information, including notification dates and cost of attendance, please visit our website at