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[ecrea] ICA 2019 pre-conference call for papers: Sports communication and social justice
Wed Nov 14 00:10:25 GMT 2018
ICA 2019 pre-conference call for papers: Sports communication and social
Date: 24 May 2019. 9.00am - 5.00pm
Location: Institute on Disability and Public Policy at American
University, Washington - http://www.idppglobal.org
Sponsoring divisions: Sports Communication, and Activism, Communication
and Social Justice
Organisers: Dr Dan Jackson, Dr Emma Pullen, Prof Michael Silk
(Bournemouth University) and Dr Filippo Trevisan (American University,
Keynote speaker: Prof Marie Hardin (Penn State)
Media sport is a highly celebrated constituent of popular culture that
often intersects with shifting political, economic, technological and
cultural conditions. This context creates tensions regarding issues of
power and justice, particularly where media representations are framed
around normative or ‘accepted’ production values, entrenched practices
or financial imperatives by dominant organisations that can contribute
to the symbolic stereotyping of marginalised groups.
At the same time, leading athletes from traditionally marginalized
groups have been able to seize on their visibility to highlight issues
of inequality and discrimination through innovative and highly symbolic
forms of protest, from Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s Black Power Salute
at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest
in 2016. In recent years, these iconic moments have sparked a flurry of
debate on social media, where communities have coalesced around hashtags
such as #takingaknee and the U.S. women soccer team’s high profile
“Equal Play. Equal Pay” campaign. While legacy media organizations
continue to play an important role in how these debates are framed, they
have also become a catalyst for contributions from a range of actors
including politicians, grassroots groups, and global brands interested
in sponsorship deals.
The rapidly evolving sport media industry and the changing face of
mediated sport production therefore continues to raise original critical
questions in new emerging contexts.
This one-day preconference pays attention to issues of sport,
representation, power and social justice. The preconference is sponsored
by the ICA Interest Groups for Sports Communication, and Activism,
Communication and Social Justice, but we welcome submissions that span
the disciplinary interests of ICA and beyond. Crossing disciplinary
boundaries – the theme of the 2019 ICA conference – is encouraged in
We welcome theoretical and empirical inquiries that examine the
following areas and other relevant topics:
· The conditions that impinge on production, and the place and
thoughts of cultural producers in articulating and dis-articulating
fields of representation;
· The emergence, resistance and contestation of new sport cultures
via mainstream and alternative sport media platforms;
· The framing, marketing and production of dominant cultural
narratives in the context of a neoliberalised enterprise sport media
· The dynamics of public opinion and audience meaning-making with
respect to sport, politics and social justice;
· The negotiation of identity politics in sport media
representation, in particular, issues of (in)visibility (and resistance)
of marginalised, non-normative groups who remain mostly
under-represented in mainstream sport media (e.g. gender, race,
· The use of sporting platforms as a vehicle for social justice
campaigns by athletes, grassroots groups, and other actors;
· The role of nationalism, representations of the ‘national
normative body’ and ‘imagined communities’ (Anderson’s 1983) through
Outputs from the preconference: We are in discussion with relevant
journals for a special issue on the conference topic. If successful,
submissions for the conference will be considered and full papers
invited in September 2019.
Submission procedure: Please send proposals for 15 minute paper
presentations through this google form
(https://goo.gl/forms/IiXZOJbvahSmfECE2) no later than 11 January 2019.
Abstracts are limited to 4000 characters including spaces (approx. 500
Contributors will be selected by peer review, and will be notified of
the outcome of their proposal by 25th January 2019. Authors are expected
to attend the preconference and present in person.
All participants – whether speaking or not – must register and pay fees.
Registration costs (including coffee breaks and lunch buffet) will be
approximately 50 USD for presenters and non-presenters. We will also
have discounted rates for graduate students. To register, participants
need to go to www.icahdq.org and register online as part of their main
ICA conference registration, or as a stand-alone registration. As spaces
are limited, priority will be given to those accepted for presentation.
11th January 2019. Deadline for paper submission.
25th January 2019. Paper proposers notified of decision by
1 April 2019. Deadline for preconference registration.
24th May 2019. Preconference starts in Washington DC.
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