Fantasy sports are one of the most popular and rapidly expanding areas of contemporary culture. Despite the immense interest in them, however, fantasy sports remain an insufficiently mined scholarly resource. While studies on the topic have been published over the past fifteen years, they have focused almost exclusively on issues of law (e.g., Are fantasy sports a form of gambling?), economics (e.g., Who should profit from sports statistics?), and sports management (e.g., Who plays fantasy sports and why?). We contend that this limited approach has contributed to fantasy sports research being considered a minor scholarly niche, rather than a diverse subject area rife with its own unique cultural insights. Thus, instead of intervening directly in established debates, in this special issue, we propose to open previously unexplored avenues for fantasy sports research that will broaden the geographical, historical, cultural and intercultural, theoretical, philosophical, and/or disciplinary scope of the field and spark future study. With this in mind, we seek interdisciplinary articles, written in an accessible style and dedicated but not restricted to the following under-represented or entirely unrepresented themes (with a strong emphasis in every case on the broader implications of each theme and their greater significance).
Please send 300-500 word abstracts to special issue co-editor Andrew J. Ploeg at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1, 2016. Final submissions may take the form of scholarly articles (5,000-10,000 words), multimedia entries, or book reviews, in addition to other forms that you feel may be of interest to an online cultural studies audience.
Due Date: February 1, 2016
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (ISSN: 1547-4348) is an innovative online cultural studies journal dedicated to fostering an intellectual community composed of scholars and their audience, granting them all the ability to share thoughts and opinions on the most important and influential work in contemporary interdisciplinary studies. Reconstruction publishes three Themed Issues and one Open Issue per year.
Reconstruction also accepts proposal for special issue editors and topics. Reconstruction is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.