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[ecrea] CFP: Special issue of South Asian Popular Culture
Mon Oct 31 20:24:50 GMT 2011
*Special issue of South Asian Popular Culture*
*Sport and the South Asian diaspora *
*Special Issue Call for Papers to be published in October 2013 *
*Guest editors: Daniel Burdsey (University of Brighton, UK), Stanley
Thangaraj (Vanderbilt University, USA) and Rajinder Dudrah (University
of Manchester, UK)*
Sporting practices have been a central feature of South Asian diasporic
formations ever since the mass migrations from the subcontinent during
the middle and latter parts of the twentieth century. Yet, just as these
communities have themselves evolved in a multitude of ways, the role and
meanings of sport within them have likewise been subjected to
contestation, resistance, modification and change. The relationship
between sport and global South Asian groups remains nuanced and complex;
on the one hand, it suggests progression and opportunity, and on the
other, sport remains inexorably a site of subjugation and exclusion.
This special issue aims to explore the changing social and cultural
landscape of sport within the South Asian diaspora. Through established
and emerging theoretical perspectives, and original empirical studies,
the objective of the volume is to provide a critical (re-)examination of
the roles that sports play /within /and /in relation to /South Asian
groups in the diaspora. /South Asian Popular Culture /invites paper
proposals critically addressing issues related to sport -- from elite
competition to community participation -- across all segments of the
South Asia diaspora. Though by no means limited to these questions, we
anticipate that papers might address the following topics:
· How do sporting practices link the various sites and communities of
diaspora and homeland(s)? How does sport facilitate imaginaries of
"home" within the diaspora?
· In what ways does sport facilitate the construction and articulation
of "new ethnicities" / diasporic South Asian identities?
· How is sport used as a form of resistance in the South Asian diaspora?
What is the relation of sport to power, resistance and domination?
· How are femininities, masculinities, queer identities and other forms
of intersectionality articulated through sport in the South Asian diaspora?
· What are the implications of the "War on Terror", empire and
neoliberal politics for sport and citizenship in the South Asian diaspora?
· How are notions of transnationalism and (post-)colonialism constructed
and experienced in relation to sport in the South Asian diaspora?
· What is the role of the sporting celebrity in the South Asian
diaspora? How is global South Asian sport represented and mediated?
· How does sport discriminate, marginalise and exclude South Asians in
· How does sport link to broader leisure forms, and creative and
cultural industries in the South Asian diaspora?
Original articles (up to 7000 words including all notes and references)
and shorter commentaries for the /Working Notes /section (1000--3000
words) are invited for submission to the special issue. Please email a
300 word abstract and a 150 word author biography in a Microsoft Word
attachment to *(journalsapc /at/ gmail.com) <mailto:(journalsapc /at/ gmail.com)> *by
*16 December 2011*. Initial review decision will be notified by *31
January 2012*. Selected proposals should be submitted as complete
manuscripts no later than *31 June 2012*. All manuscripts will undergo
peer review, based on initial editor screening. Manuscripts should not
be under consideration by another publication at the time of submission.
For more information and submission guidelines please visit:
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