Call for Papers 2019 World Congress of Sociology of Sport April 24-27, Dunedin, New Zealand Sociology of Sport and Alternative Futures

Call for Papers

2019 World Congress of Sociology of Sport

April 24-27, Dunedin, New Zealand

Sociology of Sport and Alternative Futures

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to December 15, 2018

Keynote speaker:

Professor Deborah Lupton

(Centenary Research Professor, University of Canberra)

Keynote Title:

The More-than-Human Worlds of Self-Tracking for Health and Fitness

Sociology of Sport, like its parent discipline Sociology and the Social Sciences more broadly, is facing unprecedented challenges not only over funding and resources, but also in terms of its legitimacy and relevance. Within the context of neoliberalism in general, and the corporatisation of university education in particular, there has been a slow but steady marginalisation of sociology of sport as a field of academic study. Curiously this has occurred despite enormous growth in the interest in ‘sport’ (broadly defined) within the global economy and as a focus of scholarly enquiry. Both the state and private interests are increasingly aware of sports’ strategic location at the intersection of key sectors of society including: education, health, business and tourism/nation branding. Moreover, scholars spanning the fields of sociology, anthropology, history, geography, politics, economics, media and communication studies, and gender studies are increasingly recognising the social significance of sport as a cultural form and practice.

As we approach the 20th year of the new millennium, the 2019 World Congress of Sociology of Sport provides an ideal platform to reflect, evaluate and contemplate the past, present and future of the field. While the sociology of sport, across all of its specialisations, has successfully identified social fault lines within sport, discussions about how to use this knowledge for social transformation and social justice through collective action and social policy have been far less robust. In short, it is timely for our field to envision and create an alternative future for both sport and its sociological analysis.

The 2019 Congress offers a unique opportunity to consider how, in the spirit of C. Wright Mills, our research, teaching, public service and political activism, can connect private experience with wider social structures, personal problems with public issues, and scientific analysis with political awareness. We invite scholars to share their research and to consider how it might contribute to a new vision for sport, exercise, physical activity and health.


Call For Abstracts: Session topics

Sociology of Sport & Alternative Futures Sport & Media
Sport & New Technologies Sport, Politics, & Policy
Sport, the Environment & Sustainability Sport, Race & Indigenous Culture
Sport, Physical Activity & Ageing Sport & Sexuality
Sport, Development, & Peace Sport & Social Class
Sport & Urban Development Sport & Gender
Sport & National Identity Sport & Violence
Sport & Globalization Sport, Disability & Paralympics
Sport, Economics, & Society Sport Mega-events
Sport, Health & Wellbeing Sport & Doping
Sport Coaching & Pedagogy Sport & Ethics
Physical Education & its Future Sport & Popular Resistance
Youth Sport New & Alternative Sports


Important dates

  • Abstract Submission and Registration: Mail your Abstract to
  • Abstract Deadline EXTENDED: December 15, 2018

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2019 ISSA Pre-Congress Graduate Workshop

April 22-23


For the first time ISSA will be hosting a pre-congress graduate workshop. Graduate students who register for the ISSA 2019 World Congress of the Sociology of Sport will be eligible to participate in the Pre-Congress Graduate Workshop. The 2-day workshop will provide an opportunity for a range of activities includingdiscussions about key topics in the field, the state of the Sociology of Sport in different countries, the challenges and opportunities of postgraduate study, and tips for writing and publishing. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for students, whose first language is not English to gain experience and confidence in discussing key topics, practicing their ISSA presentation etc.


The workshop, including food and social events, is free. Once you have submitted your abstract (by December 15) and registered for the conference please confirm your participation by writing to Steve Jackson at: