CFP: The Humanities on Fantasy Sports (proposed panel for the Sports Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, November 9-12, 2017)

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Call for Papers
January 27, 2017
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Humanities, Philosophy, Popular Culture Studies, Sport History & Studies

From humble beginnings, fantasy sports have grown into a cultural phenomenon in which more than 57 million North Americans now participate. Given their immense popularity, however, the scholarly attention dedicated to them remains modest by comparison, particularly in the humanities. The vast majority of research done on fantasy sports derives from the social sciences and generally focuses on legal, economic, and sports management issues. This panel seeks to expand the parameters of fantasy sports scholarship, to give scholars within the humanities an opportunity to intervene in current debates on the subject and to generate their own. It is an attempt to open previously unexplored avenues for fantasy sports research that will broaden the philosophical, theoretical, cultural and intercultural, geographical, historical, and/or disciplinary scope of the field. To this end, I seek contributions on the intersection of fantasy sports and philosophy, critical theory, history, rhetorical theory, cultural studies, game studies, and/or literature. I am especially interested in abstracts that address issues of internationalization, unconventional gameplay, uncommon fantasy sports, philosophical and theoretical approaches, alternative genealogies, community and communities, and ethics. All abstracts with a clear relationship to the humanities will be strongly considered. If you would like your work to be considered for this panel, please send 300 word abstracts to Andrew J. Ploeg at by Wednesday, January 27th, 2017.  If you have any questions, feel free to email.

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