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Call for Papers – Doing Sport History in the Digital Present Workshop

Sports, Society, and Technology Program, School of History and Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA USA

May 25 and 26, 2016

What might new approaches in the digital humanities offer for the study of sport history? What might sport history offer the digital humanities and digital history in regards to questions of diverse embodiment, most prominently seen in sport? This workshop seeks a diverse group of scholars interested in addressing these and related questions. The goal of this workshop is to generate and extend conversations about digital scholarship, especially in relationship to the historical study of sport and related realms including recreation, games, physical activity, and the moving body.

In particular we seek contributions that span relevant empirical and epistemological questions. These papers might include, but are not limited to, those which explore: theories of digital sport history; archival, methodological, and/or epistemological questions raised by doing digital sport history; antecedents and genealogies of digital sport history; technical and cultural issues and problems raised via the doing of digital sport history; what digital technologies (e.g. mining, mapping, collecting, curating, visualization, etc.) offer for sport history and historians; what sport history and sport historians can contribute to digital modes of research and inquiry; de/colonial, feminist and anti-racist approaches as well as questions of access and power (e.g. gender, race, class and sexuality), design, and infrastructure in doing digital sport history; tensions among “traditional” and digital sport histories and historians; and, critiques regarding the premises, assumptions, and practices of digital sport history.  We are also very interested in papers that employ digital technologies in documenting particular histories of sport, recreation, games, physical activity, and/or the moving body.

If interested please submit a 500 word abstract and a 200 word biography to Dr. Mary McDonald (mary.mcdonald@hsoc.gatech.edu) by October 8, 2015.  Those selected will be notified by October 22, 2015 and required to provide a 5,000-7,000-word paper by April 15, 2016. Selected participants will present a 15-20 minute version of their longer paper at the workshop, which will also be read and commented upon by other participants. Financial support will be provided for accommodation and meals during the duration of the workshop. Successful papers will be eligible to appear in the Journal of Sport History Special Issue, “Doing Sport History in the Digital Present.” This workshop will be held just prior (May 25-26, 2016) to the annual meeting of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) at the Georgia Tech hotel and Conference Center (May 27-30). Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both events and to also present their scholarship at NASSH. Please also contact Mary McDonald with any questions.


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