Sixth International Conference on Sport and Society

"Sport in the Americas"

University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
30-31 July 2015


Conference Focus

The Sport and Society knowledge community is brought together by a common concern for scientific policy and strategic perspective in sport and society.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia (See Proposal Types) addressing sport and society through one of the following themes:

Sporting Cultures and Identities Sport and Health
Sports Education Sports Management and Commercialization
Special Focus for 2015: Sport in the Americas

Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered. For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this community, see Our Focus.

We also offer participation options for those individuals who cannot attend the conference. Authors who wish to submit an article for potential publication in the Sport and Society Journal may submit a Proposal for Article Submission, while all members of the knowledge community with an accepted proposal may submit an online presentation to the knowledge community YouTube channel.


Special Focus for 2015: Sport in the Americas

This year’s conference will be held in parallel with the Pan-American Games. Often, “America” is taken to mean the United States, to the neglect of the other countries represented at the games. Accordingly, in addition to the general, international themes for the conference, this year’s area of special focus relates to the rise and development of sport in the Americas, with a particular focus on the Caribbean states, South America, and Central America. This is an under-researched area, which deserves deeper investigation. The Pan-American Games are in Toronto at the same time as the Sport and Society Conference, bringing people from the whole of the Americas to a single event. This provides an opportunity to open up to the rest of the academic world to the vast array of research that is being undertaken by scholars of sport in the Caribbean, South America, and Central America. What follows are some of the ideas and areas we would like to promote at the conference.

• Colonialism and sport
• Latin American sport
• Sport and the Caribbean states
• Cuban sport
• Communism, socialism, and sport in South America
• Sports tourism in the Americas
• Sport and national identity
• Sport and people of color
• Impacts of immigration on sport
• South American Games: ODESUR
• The Rio Olympics
• Reflections on the Brazilian World Cup
• Hispanic sport
• History of sport in the Caribbean
• Olympic sport in the Americas
• The Pan-American Games
• The ParaPan-American Games
• Politics and sport
• The rise of baseball
• Football and cultural identity
• Beach culture
• Surfing in South America
• Poverty and sport
• Sport and culture
• Technology and sport
• Physical education in South America
• Sport in the individual countries of the Caribbean, South America, and Central America
• Cultural and language diversity in Caribbean, South American, and Central American sport


Submit a Conference Proposal

To learn more about preparing and submitting your conference proposal, including guidelines, deadlines, and "how-to" information, go to Submitting Your Work: Conference Presentations.


Conference Details

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