DEADLINE APPROACHING: Sport, Leisure, and the Body in African History Writing Workshop

Tarminder Kaur Discussion

CALL FOR APPLICANTS: Sport, Leisure, and the Body in African History Writing Workshop

Publishing in highly ranked international academic journals is increasingly seen as a marker in personal career advancement and development, as is citation, which is more common from higher ranked journals. These journals are usually linked to institutions in, and normally dominated by scholars from, the Global North, resulting in significant barriers to publication for scholars from the Global South. This intentional and unintentional silencing of scholars and perspectives from the Global South perpetuates the dominance of outlooks and understandings grounded in the Global North across most subject areas.

With a goal to increase publication of African sports histories by scholars in Africa within The International Journal of the History of Sport and Sport in History, the editors of the two journals, with support from the British Academy, are organizing a writing workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. The writing workshop on History of Sport, Leisure, and the Body in Africa would take place over two years. This writing workshop invites Early Career Scholars based in Central and Southern Africa who are working on sport history broadly conceived to transform their research into articles that will be published in special issues of The International Journal of the History of Sport and Sport in History.  Individuals selected will participate in a series of three workshops held in November 2023, April 2024, and January 2025.

The workshop aims to bring the emerging African sport historians together, have their articles workshopped, prepare scholarship for English-language publications in top sport history journals, and build potential collaborations among an engaging group of sports scholars. The workshop is intended to be practice-based with a view to developing high quality outputs and facilitate publication. It is our hoped that this will provide the basis of an enduring scholarly network.

This workshop will support up to 12 scholars who reside in the 23 countries of Central and Southern Africa (please see the list of eligible countries below) who work on sport history conceived broadly, including the histories of physical education, leisure, and the body.

Selected participants will be expected to submit a 5,000-word draft of an article by 1 October, 2023. The draft will be workshopped at the three-day workshop in Johannesburg in November 2023, with participants reading another participant’s article prior to the workshop. The organisers will work with the participants to develop their articles at this workshop with time allocated to discuss, reflect, write, and revise with their peers.  The organisers will also devote time to developing future publication and funding opportunities for participants to further advance their careers.

The second workshop will be a one-day online event in April 2024 will present their near complete manuscripts and will receive comments on how to get them ready to submit to the journals in the summer of 2024.  The final event will be a 1.5-day workshop in Johannesburg to discuss the writing, editing, peer-review and publication process and future publication opportunities for participants.

All travel, accommodation, subsistence, and visa costs for the two trips to Johannesburg will be covered for all participants.  To support scholars with caring responsibilities, the organisers are also able to pay for childcare (either in the participant’s home country or on site in Johannesburg) for up to five participants.  The organisers are also able to support up to two scholars for whom English is not their primary working language with the full editing service from Taylor and Francis.

Applicant requirements:
--must be late stage doctoral student or have received the PhD within the previous five years (from 2018-2023)
--must reside in one of the following countries:  Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Applicants should email the following by 15 June 2023:
•    1 page abstract of research for proposed article
•    2 page curriculum vitae
•    if residing outside of South Africa, please note the passport held and whether a visa for South Africa is required, along with the preferred airport departure
•    please note in application if childcare is needed

Application submission deadline: 15 June 2023
Announcement of selection: late June 2023
5000 words First Draft due: 1 October 2023
Workshop #1 (Johannesburg): 20-23 November 2023
Workshop #2 (online): April 2024 (date tbc)
Workshop #3 (Johannesburg): January 2025 (dates tbc)

Any questions should be directed to Dr. Heather Dichter at

Dr. Heather Dichter, De Montfort University
Dr. Tarminder Kaur, University of Johannesburg
Dr. Malcolm MacLean, University of Gibraltar and De Montfort University
Professor Kay Schiller, Durham University