SPORT LITERATURE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE XXXIX
Call for Papers
Host: Jamie Dopp
Program Chair: Angie Abdou
Abstract Deadline: April 1, 2022
Conference dates: Wednesday June 15 – Saturday June 18
Call for papers
The thirty-ninth annual conference of the Sport Literature Association will be conducted June 15-18, 2022. COVID-willing, there will be an in-person conference in Victoria, British Columbia, with an accompanying virtual conference by Zoom. If required by circumstance, the conference will be held virtually during the same period.
Whatever the exact format (to be announced as soon as possible), the Sport Literature Association is excited to facilitate another conference that is open and accessible to scholars of sport literature from around the world and at any stage in their academic career.
The Program Committee of the Sport Literature Association (SLA) invites proposals for individual papers or complete panels related to the literature of sport. Scholarly and critical submissions for the conference should follow general guidelines set forth in the association’s publication, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, which “celebrate[s] the intersection of literature with the world of play, games, and sport.”
All abstract submissions should address treatments of sport in texts or textual media (print, film, performance, digital or other media). We invite work on sport literature (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, or film) or on the rhetoric of sport. Cultural studies and sociological approaches to sport texts are welcome. We also encourage sessions featuring presenters’ original fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
As an international, diverse, and inclusive association, SLA is committed to equity and equality. We foster an environment in which all people deserve and are given respect. To this end, our meetings, conferences, and publications attempt to use appropriate language that reflects this commitment.
Traditional Presentation: 20 minutes.
Creative Presentation (Fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction reading/performance): 20 minutes.
Panel discussions: 60 minutes. Scholars wishing to suggest a panel discussion must submit the panel theme and suggested structure for the panel as part of their abstract, as well as include the names of those wishing to be part of the panel.
Alternative Presentation Options for 2022 VirtualConference:
Whether there is an in person gather in 2022 or not, a virtual portion of the conference will be held by Zoom to allow for presentations by members from anywhere in the world. New members who want an introduction to the SLA but who cannot attend in person are especially encouraged to attend and / or participate by Zoom.
Please indicate on your proposal if you are likely to prefer presenting in-person or by Zoom. This is, at this stage, only for planning purposes. The exact distribution of in-person and virtual sessions will be determined once circumstances become clear enough to do so.
Submitting your abstracts or presentation proposals:
Those interested in presenting should send abstracts of individual papers or original work or proposals for complete panels by April 1, 2022 to the Program Chair, Angie Abdou at firstname.lastname@example.org and Host Jamie Dopp at email@example.com
Submissions must include presenter’s name, phone number, postal and email addresses, paper title, and a 250-word abstract that also indicates the presentation format.
Please note the committee reserves the right to request completed papers if it is deemed necessary to do so.
Abstracts will be compiled and published online on the Association website and listserv, Arete. Only those papers presented LIVE or through another conference medium will be published.
Lyle Olsen Graduate Student Essay Contest.
SLA also welcomes and encourages papers from emerging and early career scholars and graduate students, particularly via entering the Lyle Olsen Graduate Student Essay Contest.
Essays entered in the contest must pertain, in some significant way, to the literature of sport. The winner will receive a small stipend, publication in Aethlon, a year’s membership in the association, and an invitation to present the work during the conference.
Submit your essay (or any questions you have about the contest) to Dr. Mark Noe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for the Lyle Olsen Graduate Student Essay Contest: April 15, 2022
All presenters and conference attendees must be current members of the Sport Literature Association. For information on membership, click here.
To renew or become a member of the SLA, please contact Dr. Joyce Duncan at email@example.com
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Program Chair: Kasey Symons, Swinburne University
Host: Fred Mason, University of New Brunswick
Virtual Program Coordinator: Jeremy Larance, West Liberty University
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President: Fred Mason, University of New Brunswick
Program Chair: Bruce Pratt, University of Maine
Host: Scott Peterson, University of Missouri
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2017 .pdf program West Liberty University, WV
President: Cory Willard, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Program Chair: Richard McGehee, University of Texas, Austin
Host: Jeremy Larance, West Liberty University
2014 College of the Rockies, British Columbia
President: Jeremy Larance, West Liberty University
Program Chair: Jamie Dopp, University of Victoria
Host: Angie Abdou, College of the Rockies
2012 Springfield College, Massachusetts
President and Host: Dennis Gildea, Springfield College
Program Chair: Duncan Jamieson, Ashland University
2011 University of Maine, Orono
President: Julian Meldon D’Arcy, University of Iceland
Program Chairs: John Slack, Florida Memorial University, and Dennis Gildea, Springfield College
Hosts: Scott Peterson & Judy Hakola, U of Maine
2010 Pennsylvania College of Technology
President and Host: Mark Noe, Penn College
Program Chair: Julian Meldon D’Arcy, University of Iceland
2009 University of Western Ontario
President: Michelle Sanders, Abilene Christian University
Program Chair: Mark Noe, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Host: Don Morrow, UWO
2008 East Tennessee State University
President: Craig Riordan, Humboldt State University
Program Chair: Michelle Sanders, Abilene Christian University
Hosts: Joyce Duncan & Don Johnson, ETSU
2007 Skidmore College
President: John Slack, Florida Memorial University
Program Chair: Craig Riordan, Humboldt State University
Hosts: Dan Nathan & Jeff Segrave, Skidmore
2006 Humboldt State University
President: Michele Schiavone, Marshall University
Program Chair: John Slack, Florida Memorial University
Host: Craig Riordan, Humboldt State
2005 Iowa State University
President: Dale Ritterbusch, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
Program Chair: Michele Schiavone, Marshall University
Host: Neil Nakadate, Iowa State
2004 Pennsylvania College of Technology
President: Duncan Jamieson, Ashland University
Program Chair: Dale Ritterbusch, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
Host: Mark Noe, Penn College
1999 .pdf program Westfield State College, Massachusetts
President: Tim Morris, University of Texas at Arlington
Program Chairs: Sidney Vance, University of Montevallo; HR Stoneback, SUNY-New Paltz
Host: Gregg Neikirk, Westfield State
1993 .pdf program joint meeting with NASSH
President: Gailmarie Pahmeier-Henry, University of Nevada
Program Chair: Bill Plott, The Birmingham News
Host: David Barney, Albuquerque Academy
1987 .pdf program joint meeting with Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport
Texas Christian University
President: David Vanderwerken, Texas Christian University
Program Chair: Richard Keller, Emporia State University
Hosts: Spencer Worth & David Vanderwerken, TCU