Annual Conference

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

Victoria, British Columbia

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.

Presentation formats:

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 aabdou@athabascau.ca and Host Jamie Dopp at jdopp@uvic.ca

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 marknoe@comcast.net

Deadline for the Lyle Olsen Graduate Student Essay Contest: April 15, 2022

Membership

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 joyced1001@cs.com


Past Conferences

2021   .pdf program   Online Zoom Conference
.pdf proceedings
President: Bruce Pratt, University of Maine
Program Chair: Kasey Symons, Swinburne University
Host: Fred Mason, University of New Brunswick
Virtual Program Coordinator: Jeremy Larance, West Liberty University

2020   .pdf program   Online Zoom Conference
.pdf proceedings
President: Fred Mason, University of New Brunswick
Program Chair: Bruce Pratt, University of Maine
Host: Scott Peterson, University of Missouri
Virtual Program Coordinator: Jeremy Larance, West Liberty University

2019   .pdf program   University of Limoges
.pdf proceedings
President: Angie Abdou, Athabasca University
Program Chair: Fred Mason, University of New Brunswick
Host: Thomas Bauer, U of Limoges

2018   .pdf program   University of Kansas
.pdf proceedings
President: Richard McGehee, University of Texas, Austin
Program Chair: Angie Abdou, Athabasca University
Host: Phil Wedge, U of Kansas

2017   .pdf program   West Liberty University, WV
.pdf proceedings
President: Cory Willard, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Program Chair: Richard McGehee, University of Texas, Austin
Host: Jeremy Larance, West Liberty University

2016   .pdf program   University of New Brunswick
.pdf proceedings
President: Kyle Belanger, Springfield College
Program Chair: Cory Willard, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Host: Fred Mason, UNB

2015   East Tennessee State University
.pdf proceedings
President: Jamie Dopp, University of Victoria
Program Chair: Kyle Belanger, Springfield College
Hosts: Joyce Duncan & Don Johnson, ETSU

2014   College of the Rockies, British Columbia
.pdf proceedings
President: Jeremy Larance, West Liberty University
Program Chair: Jamie Dopp, University of Victoria
Host: Angie Abdou, College of the Rockies

2013   Monmouth University, New Jersey
.pdf proceedings
President: Duncan Jamieson, Ashland University
Program Chair: Jeremy Larance, West Liberty University
Host: Frank Fury, Monmouth U

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

2003 .pdf program   Springfield College, Massachusetts
President: Judy Hakola, University of Maine
Program Chair: Duncan Jamieson, Ashland University
Hosts: Dennis Gildea & Ed Sims, Springfield College

2002 .pdf program   University of Western Ontario
President: Dick Stull, Humboldt State University
Program Chair: Judy Hakola, University of Maine
Hosts: Don Morrow & Glynn Leyshon, UWO

2001 .pdf program   East Tennessee State University
President: Gregg Neikirk, Westfield State College
Program Chair: Dick Stull, Humboldt State University
Hosts: Don Johnson & Joyce Duncan, ETSU

2000 .pdf program   Humboldt State University
President: Sidney Vance, University of Montevallo
Program Chair: Gregg Neikirk, Westfield State College
Host: Dick Stull, Humboldt State

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

1998 .pdf program   University of Montevallo, Alabama
President: Don Morrow, University of Western Ontario
Program Chair: Tim Morris, University of Texas at Arlington
Host: Sidney Vance, U of Montevallo

1997 .pdf program   Ithaca College
President: Judy Hakola, University of Maine
Program Chair: Don Morrow, University of Western Ontario
Host: Steve Mosher, Ithaca College

1996 .pdf program   University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
President: Steve Mosher, Ithaca College
Program Chair: Judy Hakola, University of Maine
Host: Richard Doxtator, UW-Stevens Point

1995 .pdf program   University of Maine, Orono
President: David Vanderwerken, Texas Christian University
Program Chair: Steve Mosher, Ithaca College
Host: Judy Hakola, University of Maine

1994 .pdf program   University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
President: Bill Plott, The Birmingham News
Program Chair: David Vanderwerken, Texas Christian University
Host: Ron Hyatt, UNC

1993 .pdf program   joint meeting with NASSH
Albuquerque Academy
President: Gailmarie Pahmeier-Henry, University of Nevada
Program Chair: Bill Plott, The Birmingham News
Host: David Barney, Albuquerque Academy

1992 .pdf program   University of Western Ontario
President: John Pyros, Tarpon Springs, FL
Program Chair: Gailmarie Pahmeier-Henry, University of Nevada
Host: Glynn Leyshon, UWO

1991 .pdf program   Springfield College, Massachusetts
President: Judy Hakola, University of Maine
Program Chair: John Pyros, Tarpon Springs, FL
Host: Ed Sims, Springfield College

1990 .pdf program   Florence, Oregon
President: Harry Opperman, Texas Christian University
Program Chair: Judy Hakola, University of Maine
Host: Michael Oriard, Oregon State

1989 .pdf program   joint meeting with NASSH
Clemson University
President: Ed Sims, Springfield College
Program Chair: Harry Opperman, Texas Christian University
Host: Joe Arbena, Clemson

1988 .pdf program   East Tennessee State University
President: Richard Keller, Emporia State University
Program Chair: Ed Sims, Springfield College
Host: Don Johnson, ETSU

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

1986 .pdf program   University of San Diego
President: David Vanderwerken, Texas Christian University
Program Chair: David Vanderwerken, Texas Christian University
Host: Fred Boe, San Diego State

1985 .pdf program   University of San Diego
President: David Vanderwerken, Texas Christian University
Program Chair: Lyle Olsen, San Diego State
Host: Dick Wells

1984 .pdf program   University of California, San Diego
President: Ralph Grawunder, San Diego State
Program Chair: Susan Bandy, San Diego State
Host: Lyle Olsen, San Diego State