Sport in a Mobile World: Identity, Culture and Politics

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June 21, 2018 to June 22, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Cultural History / Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences, Sport History & Studies

June 21-22, 2018 Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences University of Aveiro, Portugal

Keynote Speakers: 
Prof Richard Giulianotti, Loughborough University | Dr Mark Doidge, University of Brighton 

Culture, identity and politics interplay in sport in both palpable and inconspicuous ways. Elite competitive sport is a mass spectacle, a cultural and transcultural expression as well as a political and politicized phenomenon. Yet, beneath soft power, prestige, pride and commodity, people encounter, experience and consume sport in ways that both amplify and disturb these dimensions.  
In the face of increased and increasing global mobility, the seminar seeks to interrogate relationships between global and local, universal and personal, cultural and commensurable in a plethora of sporting scenarios trough inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches. We invite empirical, theoretical and methodological papers from academics, postgraduate students and practitioners that address and interrogate cultural, social, political and experiential frameworks of sport and mobility. 
The event aims to explore original and rigorous ways to research (and think about) sport, sporting structures and experiences in a perpetually transitional world.  Contributions from disciplines of anthropology, cultural studies, economics, history, politics, psychology, public policy and sociology are welcome. Interdisciplinary contributions and methodological innovations (including but not limited to academic blogging, visual ethnography, public engagement and action participation research) are also encouraged. Possible themes include but are not limited to:

Sport and Identity: fixed and fluid 
Sport and Politics: local and global 
Sport Communities: imagined, local and digital Sport Culture: mediated and traditional
Sport in Everyday Lives: experience and structure

This will be a productive, thought-provoking and fun two-day event with Professor Richard Giulianotti and Dr. Mark Doidge as keynote speakers and some exciting social activities, including conference dinner and a trip down the Ria de Aveiro on a Moliceiro boat. The seminar also coincides with the second week of the FIFA World Cup 2018, and there will be plenty of opportunities to watch and discuss football with other sports scholars. 

The conference dinner will take place in the restaurant Olaria,  located in a building of great historical value for the city, in the old factory Jerónymo Pereira Campos. It provides an unparalleled view over the central channel of the Ria de Aveiro.

Please get in touch and send your abstracts (300 words maximum) by email Abstract submission deadline Friday 16 March. If you have any questions about the conference venue or accommodation in Aveiro, please email  Emanuel Leite Jr. .
Conference fees (including the Moliceiro boat trip):
€100 attendance
€75 attendance for students
€130 attendance with conference dinner
€105 attendance with conference dinner for students
The venue: the conference will take place in the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences  of the University of Aveiro.

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