2nd Global Symposium: Sport - Probing the Boundaries

2nd Global Symposium: Sport - Probing the Boundaries
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 3:30am to Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 1:00pm

2nd Global Symposium: Sport - Probing the Boundaries
6th to 7th October 2018
Budapest, Hungary

Sport plays multiple roles in society.  It can be a means of escape, a vehicle for inclusion, a way to generate excitement and fandom, and a showcase for excellence, and it can be all of those things at once.  In some contexts it can also be restorative, for fans and participants alike, and provide a means of strengthening or developing resiliency and overall mental health.

Importantly, the study and practice of sport are also inherently interdisciplinary, requiring focus on a variety of perspectives and disciplines, such as physiology, psychology, management, economics, marketing, and history, to name but a few.  Sport is everywhere in society, at all different levels, and thus touches every one of us in some way and often in multiple ways.  The goal of Sport: Probing the Boundaries is to engage those interdisciplinary connections and develop a conversation among independent scholars, academics, educators, practitioners, and commentators that helps us advance our understanding of sport and develop new connections and projects that create a broad-based community of inquiry.

For this symposium we invite papers, presentations, workshops, roundtables, panels and other activities that address the critical social roles of sport, including such topics as:

    Restorative sport
    Sport and mental health
    Physical culture
    Sport and inclusion
    Fandom and community
    Sport and women’s development
    Sport in educational curriculums
    Impact of mega-events
    Sport and development
    The economics of sport
    Sport and race/gender
    Accessibility in sport

This will be the second Sport: Probing the Boundaries event sponsored by Progressive Connexions, and run in connection with The International Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of Sport. The meeting follows on a very successful December 2017 event that led to a number of exciting projects and collaborations.  We look forward to continuing this tradition in Budapest.

What’s so Special About Progressive Connexions Events?
A fresh, friendly, dynamic, format – at Progressive Connexions we are dedicated to breaking away from the stuffy, old-fashion conference formats, where endless presentations are read aloud off powerpoints. We work to bring you an interactive format, where exchange of experience and information is alternated with captivating workshops, engaging debates and round tables, time set aside for getting to know each other and for discussing common future projects and initiatives, all in a warm, relaxed, egalitarian atmosphere.

A chance to network with international professionals – the beauty of our interdisciplinary events is that they bring together professionals from all over the world and from various fields of activity, all joined together by a shared passion. Not only will the exchange of experience, knowledge and stories be extremely valuable in itself, but we seek to create lasting, ever-growing communities around our projects, which will become a valuable resource for those belonging to them.

A chance to be part of constructing change – There is only one thing we love as much as promoting knowledge: promoting real, lasting social change by encouraging our participants to take collective action, under whichever form is most suited to their needs and expertise (policy proposals, measuring instruments, research projects, educational materials, etc.) We will support all such actions in the aftermath of the event as well, providing a platform for further discussions, advice from the experts on our Project Advisory Team and various other tools and intellectual resources, as needed.

An opportunity to discuss things that matter to you – Our events are not only about discussing how things work in the respective field, but also about how people work in that field – what are the struggles, problems and solutions professionals have found in their line of work, what are the areas where better communication among specialists is needed and how the interdisciplinary approach can help bridge those gaps and help provide answers to questions from specific areas of activity.

An unforgettable experience – When participating in a Progressive Connexions event, there is a good chance you will make some long-time friends. Our group sizes are intimate, our venues are comfortable and relaxing and our event locations are history-laden and suited to the event.

What to Send
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference and collaborative networking event is to bring together academics, professionals, practitioners, NGO’s, voluntary sector workers, in the context of a variety of formats: papers, seminars, workshops, panels, q&a’s, etc.

300 word reviews of your proposed contribution (paper abstracts, proposals for workshops, collaborative works or round tables, overviews of artistic projects or any other relevant forms of participation you are interested in) should be submitted by Friday 11th May 2018.

All submissions will be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Advisory Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 25th May 2018.

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 7th September 2018.

Abstracts and proposals may be in Word, PDF, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: Sport Symposium Submission

Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair and the Project Administrator:

Andrea Talentino: atalent0@naz.edu
Project Administrator: budapestsport@progressiveconnexions.net

Progressive Connexions believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract or proposal for presentation.

Please note: Progressive Connexions is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence, nor can we offer discounts off published rates and fees.

Enquiries: budapestsport@progressiveconnexions.net

For further details and information please visit the conference website:

Sponsored by: Progressive Connexions


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