Tellling the Stories of Race and Sports in Canada: A Symposium, to be held at University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, September 28-9, 2018

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Call for Papers
January 15, 2018
Ontario, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Canadian History / Studies, Sport History / Studies

We are calling for contemporary and historical papers that focus on Canadian experiences that address sports, broadly defined, in the context of a racialized world. Papers may focus on individuals, teams, or deal with themes that address sports and race in relation to: community, nation, and identity, social justice, gender and class, region, and sports as a manifestation of cultural practices. It may focus on local amateur, grassroots, or elite play, and cover local, regional or international activities. Presenters from all disciplines are invited.

Paper proposal submission: We welcome proposals for individual papers (20-minute presentations) as well as poster presentations. Please send a max. 250-word abstract and a one-paragraph bio to: by January 15, 2018. All presenters will be contacted by March 1, 2018. If you have any questions, plese contact the organizers at


We are also developing a Digital Archive to share, make accessible, and preserve research and stories on race and sports in Canada that can be used as a resource for scholars, students, teachers and community members. Presenters will be asked to share short, accessible versions of their papers for the Digital Archive (contributions will be needed by November 1, 2018).

The organizers are a collaborative of University of Windsor faculty (from History, Leddy Library, Kinesiology, English) and community members (Essex County Black Historical Research Society, Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society). This symposium builds on, and expands work done with the "Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred 'Boomer' Harding and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars" project ( This symposium is funded througha Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connections Grant.

Contact Info: 

Miriam Wright, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Windsor