Politics, Money and Sport: Spaces, Places and Mega-Events

Politics, Money and Sport: Spaces, Places and Mega-Events
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 12:00am to Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:00am

Politics, Money and Sport: Spaces, Places and Mega-Events
The Sport Project: Probing the Boundaries: 5th Global Meeting
Call for Presentations 2016
Tuesday 13th September – Thursday 15th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Sport is a key space for the construction of identity, belonging and community, a place for meaning-making. Every year sports events are hosted and won by communities and nation-states. Every year people do sports or watch sports in diverse spaces: sports grounds, fields, back streets and parks. But what are the political economies of sports and mega-events: are they sources of corruption? Places for reform? Forces for good?
Sport is one of the most divisive arenas in today’s political economies, simultaneously providing both positive opportunities for athletes to succeed, fans to cheer and economies to prosper and negative outcomes such as doping and match-fixing disgraces, corruption in governance and mega-event host city selection processes sometimes rife with scandal.
The integrity of sport, sport-governing bodies, officials, athletes, media, and host cities are called into question on an almost daily basis, while at the same time we champion excellent performances and achievement of athletes and teams. Governing bodies investigate and promise reforms, such as IOC’s Agenda 2020 and recent FIFA candidates’ election rhetoric in the midst of rapidly rising costs of event hosting, especially mega-events. Under-girding these issues at times is their relationship to sporting spaces and sports geographies as well as the transformative potential of sport.
For this conference, we invite academics, researchers, activists, theorists, policy-makers, journalists and practitioners to critically discuss and present interdisciplinary approaches to examining the political economies and spaces surrounding, influencing and affected by sports, mega-events and/or corruption. Is sport a positive force or a place endemic with corruption? We are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of space, sport generally or mega-events specifically and either corruption or positive outcomes at the intersections of academic disciplines and subject fields, and invite contributions from those who approach their work on the political economies of mega events and/or corruption in sport through an inter-disciplinary lens. We especially welcome voices from beyond the academic boundaries, news from those involved in sport or writing about sport. We also include in that invitation those active in campaigns: against corruption in sport, for positive outcomes from mega-events, as well as against scandals in doping, betting, host city selection, etc.
The aim of this conference is to develop an active network of academics, practitioners and campaigners with an interest in the political economies of mega-events and/or corruption in sport. By political economies of mega events we mean the ways in which we might understand mega events as both influencing and influenced by the complex financial and political nexuses in which they occur. Corruption in sport is a wide topic, encompassing many areas and disciplines. We invite abstracts with interdisciplinary approaches that examine these intersections from a variety of traditions, commenting on themes such as:
    The motivations and rhetoric behind host city bids, especially in light of the astronomical rise in mega-event hosting costs.
    The relationship between sport/sport events and place
    Integrity, sport scandals and corruption in doping, match fixing, bribery, election rigging, etc.
    Reform movements in sport and mega-events such as Agenda 2020 and FIFA election rhetoric.
    Understanding the social and political potential of sport spaces – can sports spaces be places where social divisions are broken down? Who controls sports spaces?
    How sport intersect other spaces – cultures, communities, societies and nation-states
    Geographies and politics of sporting bodies – the growth and development of sports organisations
Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Sport project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Cars In/Of Culture and another project on Roots and Legacies. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between both project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.
Further details can be found at the conference website:
Details of our review policy can be found here:
What to Send
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 8th April 2016.
All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project 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 22nd April 2016.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 5th August 2016.
Abstracts may be in Word, 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 programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Sport Abstract Submission
Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs:
Organising Chairs:
Susan Dun: s-dun@northwestern.edu
Rob Fisher: sport5@inter-disciplinary.net
This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
A number of eBooks and paperback books have been published or are in press as a result of the work of this project. An interdisciplinary sports journal is also launching later this year.
All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net 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 for presentation. Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.


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