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Race & Sports in Canada Conference

Telling the Stories of Race and Sports in Canada: A Symposium, to be held at University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, September 28-9, 2018

by Miriam Wright

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2018
Ontario, Canada
Subject Fields:
Canadian History / Studies, Sport History & Studies


We are calling for contemporary and historical papers that focus on Canadian experiences that address sports, broadly defined, in the context of a racialized world. Papers may focus on individuals, teams, or deal with themes that address sports and race in relation to: community, nation, and identity; social justice; gender and class; region; sport as a manifestation of cultural practices. It may focus on local amateur, grassroots, or elite play, and cover local, regional or international activities.  Presenters from all disciplines are invited.

Keynote Speakers:

Bob Dawson, Ottawa ON: speaker, writer, athlete (member of first all-Black line in Atlantic Interuniversity Hockey League – SMU 1970)

Colin Howell, Centre for the Study of Sport and Health, Saint Mary’s University

Janelle Joseph, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto

Ornella Nzindukiyimana, Doctoral Candidate, School of Kinesiology, Western University


Because the Symposium will last only two days and participation will be limited to those who can attend, we want to extend the life and research of the event through the creation of an open access website called “Telling the Stories of Race and Sports in Canada: A Digital Archive and Resource Centre.” We have a team developing a Digital Archive to share, make accessible, and preserve research and stories on race and sports in Canada. We will post shorter, accessible versions of the symposium presentations, but we also see this as a site that will evolve and incorporate other scholarly and community research in the future. We will devote part of the symposium to workshop ideas on how this site can be developed, and can be useful for a range of audiences – scholars, students, teachers, and community members.


The Organizers:

We are a collaborative of University of Windsor faculty (from History, Leddy Library, Kinesiology, English) and community members (Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society, Essex County Black Historical Research Society) who are committed to making visible and accessible stories and research on race and sports in Canada.

This symposium and outreach builds on, and expands work done with the “Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred ‘Boomer’ Harding and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars” project:


Paper Proposal SubmissionNote: deadline extension to January 31, 2018

We welcome proposals for individual papers (20-minute presentations) as well as poster presentations. Please send a max. 250-word abstract and a one-paragraph bio to by January 31, 2018. All presenters will be contacted by March 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Miriam Wright, Department of History, University of Windsor:

Sports, Olmpics, Media International Conference

The research group “Economy, Society, Innovation and Heritage” at the Institute of Contemporary History of NOVA University of Lisbon is going to organize an international conference on the relationship between Sport, Olympic Games and Media.

The sportsman, as a national hero, has always been present in the mass-media, making it essential to understand the communication dynamics surrounding the construction of sports heroes and concepts of nationality and identity.

Sport reflects and reinforces the structures, values and norms of society, not running from media’s influence. It was through media that certain modalities and athletes left the anonymity to become true national and even international celebrities and heroes. Across newspapers, radio, television and, lately through internet and social networks, sport and the Olympic Movement gained more and more space, more exposure and moments of debate.

They arrived closer to the public with whom they shared their moments, ranging from glory, victories and success to the unhappiness of defeat and loss. They also emphasized moments of pain, disappointment and sometimes images of great violence.

In the last decades, major sports events have become a manifestation of the globalization process underway, promoting large-scale commercialization of the phenomenon.

The Olympic Games have long been at the forefront of technology developments. They are capable to engage consumers through more interactive platforms and content, with a plethora of new features and new experiences for an increasingly demanding audience.

According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) the Rio 2016 Olympic Games had the highest media coverage ever. It is estimated that half of the world’s population watched the last edition of the Summer Olympics. Broadcasters from around the world transmitted 357 thousand hours, and digital platforms more than 243 thousand hours. In total 584 TV channels and more than 270 digital platforms accompanied the event and transmitted the magic of the Olympic Games to the world. More than 25,000 journalists were accredited, 26 million people visited the internet site ‘‘ and IOC social networking publications, registering over 4 billion ‘likes’.

In Portugal, according to Marktest, between 1 and 24 August 2016, the Portuguese media published more than 28 thousand news about the Olympic Games. The Internet, with 51%, was the platform that presented more news, followed by Television with 29% and Radio with 12% of the total news. The Press has dedicated 7% of its space to the Olympic Games.

Thematic lines:

The conference aims at creating a space for sharing and debate on the various perspectives of Sport, Olympic Games and Media in the following aspects:

• The importance of media in sport and the Olympic Games;
• The concept of “sports heroes” in the media;
• Sports and Violence.
• The role of Media in building local and global identities through the representation of mega sporting events.
• Sports and media: cultural industry

Abstracts submission rules:

Communication proposals should be presented with an abstract of a maximum of 500 words, accompanied by three keywords and a brief biographical note, indicating the institutional affiliation and contact details.

Communications are accepted in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Proposals should be sent to:

Deadline for proposal submission: December 20, 2017


• 20 December 2017: deadline for proposal submissions
• 5 January 2018: Communication of acceptance or refusal
• 20 January 2018: Program Announcement

Organising Committee:

Alcino Pedrosa (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Daniele Serapiglia (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Rita Nunes (IHC – NOVA FCSH e Comité Olímpico de Portugal)

Scientific Committee:

Ana Paula Pires (IHC – NOVA FCSH / Stanford University)
Juan A. Simón Sanjurjo (University of Europe, Madrid, Spain)
Alcino Pedrosa (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Daniele Serapiglia (IHC – NOVA FCSH / Università di Bologna)
Rita Nunes (IHC – NOVA FCSH / Comité Olímpico de Portugal)


Normal fee: 50 €
Students: 25 €

The Conference shall have Portuguese, English and Spanish as official languages. There will be no simultaneous interpretation.

Contact Info:

For any inquiries, please contact the organising committee, via the email below:

Ends of Cinema?

The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee invites proposals for papers and presentations for our Ends of Cinema conference, to be held May 3-5, 2018.

Are we now in an age of “post-cinema?” Has the massive global wave of digital production, distribution, and exhibition finally eradicated cinema as we’ve known it? Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, and Peter Greenaway seem to think so, as well as academics from Paolo Cherchi Usai to Alexander Zahlten.

Whatever the object “cinema” was, it seems to have been summarily executed in the digital era. But whose cinema is ending? If “cinema” implies a universal canon built on default ideologies, has its “death” been a response, in part, to deeper investigations into diversities made possible by increased access to the means of production? Are cinema’s many deaths, then, bound to another kind of end: what we understand to be the goal of cinema, whether political, aesthetic, representational, theoretical, or technological?

Over visual media’s long century, the emergence of new technologies, both filmic and otherwise, have repeatedly elegized cinema’s ruin and celebrated its rejuvenation. The end of cinema, it seems, is fissiparous and cyclical; it has happened, it hasn’t happened, it has happened in fits and starts, and it will happen again. If no one death can be attributed to cinema, perhaps the answer is to consider its multiple endings—and subsequent new beginnings.

A complete CFP can be found on our Ends of Cinema conference website.

Please send your abstract (up to 250 words) and a brief CV by Monday, January 9, 2018, to Richard Grusin, Director, Center for 21st Century Studies,

War and Imprisonment Conference

Call for Papers: War and Imprisonment


The capture and confinement of human beings has been—and remains—a central feature of warfare and periods of mass violence both within and between nation-states and among non-state actors. Prisoners apprehended and held during times of conflict—whether military or political—have been both blessing and curse to their keepers. While often valued as cheap labor and lucrative bargaining chips, the high costs—economic, social, political, and environmental—associated with mass imprisonment continue to challenge even the best organized bureaucratic states. This conference seeks to explore these historical and contemporary dynamics across geographic time and space. We welcome interdisciplinary scholarship on topics including, but not limited to, the following:


  • Prisoner of war camps
  • Prison towns
  • Civilian prisoners in wartime
  • Political imprisonment
  • Prison culture
  • Prison violence
  • Treatment of prisoners
  • Prison labor in wartime
  • Race, class, gender, and prison in wartime
  • Prison architecture and design
  • Environmental impacts of mass imprisonment


The one-day conference—the fifth annual of an ongoing series—will be held at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, located at 365 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, on Friday, May 11, 2018. We envision a program free of geographical, chronological, or methodological restraints. Individual paper proposals of no more than 300 words and a short CV should be sent to Clarence (Jeff) Hall ( and Sarah Danielsson ( no later than December 15, 2017. Accepted presenters will be notified in early 2018. Interested presenters may also be considered for publication in an anthology tentatively scheduled for 2019.

New England Studies at the PCAACA

The 2017 Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference will be held in
Indianapolis, March 28-31, 2018. The New England Studies Area invites presentations on any aspect of New England popular culture: Architecture; Art; Ecology/Environment; Economics; Fashion; Film and Theater, especially films made in New England, and plays set in the region,e.g. ‘The Crucible’; Folklore; Food; Language and Literature; Politics; History; Music; Sports;Celebrities; Entertainment; Gambling/Casinos; Industries, e.g. Fishing; Regional Cultures; Sports and Recreation; Tourism and Travel; and numerous other topics. The subjects are endless.

Controversy will not be shunned!
Films based in New England or filmed in the region might be of special interest; infamous figures such as Whitey Bulger in Boston, Lizzie Borden in Fall River, or Buddy Cianci inProvidence; the Boston Marathon tragedy/”Boston Strong”; holiday celebrations, such as St. Patrick’s Day parades, various ethnic Christmas celebrations, and Salem at Halloween; New England politics; literary personalities, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Henry Thoreau and Harriet Beecher Stowe; cultural attractions, e.g. Freedom Trail, Boston Pops,Fenway Park; any of our higher institutions of learning; and our sports teams, especially a discussion of fan loyalties with champions such as the New England Patriots and the Red Sox.

More New England-specific topics would include famous personalities born in New England, such as Bette Davis; Katherine Hepburn; John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family; Rosalind Russell; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Howie Long; and Kurt Russell.

Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. All proposals and abstracts must be submitted through the PCA Database. See the website at .

Presentations should
be 15-20 minutes in length and lively in nature! The deadline for the submission of a 200-word abstract is October 1, 2017. Acceptance will be earlier than usual as well to enhance your ability to seek funding. Although all proposals should be submitted to the PCA Database directly, please also cc: me, and include university or organization affiliation (if applicable), telephone number, and e-mail address. Graduate students welcome.

Individual and full panel proposals are considered. Please feel confident about attendance if you are accepted. If you give a paper, you must register for the conference. See: Site also includes information on travel grants and rates at the conference hotel.

Send inquiries to :
Martin J. Manning
4701 South Park Court
Woodbridge, VA 222193

Info From the PCAACA

Deadline for submitting your 2018 conference proposal:
1 October 2017
Greetings! Now is the time to finish up your proposal and submit it for PCA 2018.  If you haven’t submitted your proposal yet, please do so right away, so you can join us in our return to the midwest next Spring.
See you in Indianapolis!
You can find the information you need for submitting your proposal at:
Travel Grant applications now available
Each year, the PCA Endowment awards travel grants to graduate students, early career faculty, 2-year college faculty, and international scholars. We also have grants to help scholars visit research collections, and for libraries to build collection materials.
You can find information about all these grants here:

PCAACA Deadline

Deadline for submitting your 2018 conference proposal:
1 October 2017
We at the PCA hope your summer went well and that your school year, for those of you teaching, learning, or parenting right now, has begun splendidly.
As October approaches, so does the deadline to propose your abstract for next year’s Popular Culture Association annual meeting.  If you haven’t submitted your proposal yet, please do so right away, so you can join us in our triumphant return to the midwest next Spring.
See you in Indianapolis!
You can find the information you need for submitting your proposal at: