About us

SLA is an international
organization devoted to the study of sport in
literature and culture.

Initiated in the 1980s, the organization now has several hundred members around the world and sponsors an annual conference in a different location each summer. The SLA is affiliated with the American Literature Association and indexed by the Modern Language Association and American Humanities Index.

The SLA bylaws can be found here.

Association Business

Current President:

Kasey Symons of the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia is President of the SLA for 2021-2022.

Program Chair:

Angie Abdou is the Program Chair for the 39th annual conference in Victoria, BC, Canada, June 15-18, 2022. Conference host is Jamie Dopp.


For information on membership in the society, which includes a subscription to the journal Aethlon, please contact SLA Managing Editor, Joyce Duncan of East Tennessee State University at joyced1001@cs.com.

Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature

Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature is a print journal designed to celebrate the intersection of literature with the world of play, games, and sport. Subscription to the journal is included with membership in the SLA.