Thursday, October 22, 2009

CFP: The Development of Women Sport

Thought I'd pass along this CFP. I've never been to Sweden, but I have been to Norway, Iowa; Scotland, Texas; Brazil, Indiana and Paris, Illinois.


The Development of Women Sport: Separate but not Equal

Saturday, April 10 – Monday, April 12, 2010

Department of Sport Science, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden

Location, Orkanen

Gender differences and similarities, and whether differences and similarities should be reflected in the organization of sports, is a hotly contended issue in media, in sports, and between scholars. There is consensus about the basic inequalities within sports, but how can that be corrected? Who will spearhead the campaign for gender equality in sports, and in what way should it be run? In various ways, feminists have tried to steer society towards gender equality, but how did the association sports respond? These and many more questions concerning men, women and sports will be subject to thorough exploration at this unique conference.

The conference on gender and sports will have a number of exciting keynote speakers: Raewyn Connell (Australia), Kari Fasting (Norway), Pirkko Markula (Canada), Celia Brackenridge (UK), Gertrud Pfister (Denmark), Sigmund Loland (Norway), Marion Keim (South Africa), Boria Majumdar (India) Martin Polley (UK), Susanna Hedenborg (Sweden).

The conference committee now invites participants to present PAPERS, relating to the theme of gender, women and sports.

Please submit ABSTRACTS (250 – 400 words) electronically to

o Annika Larsson (

no later than December 15, 2009. Notification of acceptance will be given on January 11 2010. Accepted articles must be submitted in full by March 15th, and will be considered for publication in a special issue of Sport and Society, in 2011, or in Nordic Sport Studies Forum.

For further information, please contact Susanna Hedenborg, Malmö University (

But Actually, It’s Two Conferences...

The Department of Sport Science is organizing two separate, and yet partly coinciding conferences, under the joint heading of ”Centers and Peripheries in Sport”. Both conferences are focusing on inequalities in the development of sport. The first conference, “The Development of Football: Commercialization, Culture and Identity”, commencing on the 8th of April, acknowledges the inconsistencies in association football between centers and peripheries in the European context. On Saturday the 10th a particular focus on women’s football will mark the end of the first conference and the opening of the second conference, “The Development of Women Sport: Separate but not Equal”, which concentrates on the development of women’s sports, with an emphasis on equality and differences. A separate Call for Papers for the second conference has been distributed, and can be accessed through the conference website, http://www.centersandperipheriesinsport (active from October 26, 2009).


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