2013 ISSA World Congress Vancouver, Canada

2013 ISSA World Congress

Vancouver, Canada June 12-15 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS Contesting Sovereignties

    The meaning of sovereignty has varied across time, geography, and academic discipline and has been invoked and utilized in contradictory ways. Sovereignty has been a vehicle through which hegemonic powers, including the state and supranational institutions, enforce authority and also through which subordinate groups claim jurisdictional autonomy. Sovereignty is therefore aligned with supremacy, border inviolability, autonomy, independence, and self-determination. Sovereignties also may be contested, through challenges to existing ideologies, structures, power relations, superior positionality, and the celebration of local voices, inclusivity, empowerment enterprises and partnerships. The International Sociology of Sport Association invites papers that address the relationship of sport to the contested concept of sovereignty, advance understanding of the possibilities and limits of a sovereignty framework, and that meaningfully contribute to debates of inclusivity, equality and innovative practices that demonstrate a unique sovereignty on “local” terms. Questions that might be explored include the following:

How is sport related to the (de)construction of the sovereign self? Of sovereign embodiment?

How are gender and sexuality sovereignties enabled and constrained in sport contexts?

How has sport been implicated in the sovereignty claims of Indigenous peoples?

What is the relationship between Sport for Development and Peace, human rights movements, and/or Sport for All and the circumscription of the sovereign state?

Does the securitization of major sport events threaten or protect territorial sovereignty?

How is sport related to the contested sovereignties of markets and monetary systems?

What innovative research gives voice to the marginalised and what "glocalized" practices add to existing discourses?

Those interested in submitting an abstract should do so no later than the extended deadline of February 1, 2013.