CFP: Field Hockey Histories: Local, National, and Global special issue

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Call for Papers
December 12, 2022 to February 28, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Australian and New Zealand History / Studies, British History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, Sport History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

CFP: Field Hockey Histories: Local, National, and Global special issue
Special Issue Editors
Associate Professor Geoff Watson, Massey University, New Zealand,
Associate Professor Heather Dichter, De Montfort University, United Kingdom,
Associate Professor Rob Hess, Victoria University, Australia,

Deadline: March 23, 2022

Field Hockey Histories: Local, National, and Global
Despite its enormous popularity as a grassroots participant sport, its appearance at the Olympic Games since 1908 for men (and since 1980 for women), and the regular cycle of regional and international championships, academic studies exploring the history of field hockey are relatively scarce beyond its role in early women’s sport activities. Also rare are works that attempt to explore the game in a global context.

The three editors are planning to establish the Field Hockey History Network, an online community of scholars with an interest in the history of field hockey, with the support of The Hockey Museum in Woking, England.  Our intention is to create a special issue that spans a variety of aspects related to the history of the sport around the globe by means of papers that explore the development of field hockey at individual, club, local, county/state, national, or international level in diverse regions.

Possible perspectives or themes that could be addressed in an historical framework include:
•    Biography
•    Culture
•    Gender and/or sexuality
•    Heritage
•    Management
•    Media
•    Nationalism and/or national identity
•    Olympic inclusion, including the Youth Olympic Games
•    Politics and/or diplomacy
•    Race and/or ethnicity/

The special issue editors are looking for a broad geographical focus among the papers as the sport of field hockey has a strong presence on all six continents.

It is expected that all papers will adopt an appropriate historical and/or biographical methodology. Submissions with a strong heritage focus or that draw on a wide array of primary sources are especially welcome.

Scholars intending to submit a manuscript should email their paper title, abstract, and keywords to Geoff Watson at by FEBRUARY 28, 2023.

Scholars whose papers are accepted will be notified no later than March 30, 2023, with final papers to be submitted via Taylor &Francis’ online submission portal by JUNE 30, 2023.

Article Submission Instructions
•    The paper should not exceed a maximum of 10,000 words, including references.
•    Please nominate ‘Field Hockey’ as the preferred special issue destination for the paper when submitting details via the IJHS submission portal:
•    Please note that all submissions will be subject to double-blind peer-review and must strictly adhere to the journal’s style guide:
•    The expected publication date for the special issue is late 2023.

Anyone interested in joining the Field Hockey History Network but who is not able, at this time, to submit a paper for this special issue should please contact Rob Hess at

For questions about this Special Issue, please contact Geoff Watson,  


Contact Info: 

Geoff Watson
Massey University

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