CFP: Conference on Sport, Conflict and Reconciliation, Liverpool 28.4.2012
Conference on Sport, Conflict and Reconciliation - Liverpool Hope University, Saturday 28 April 2012
CALL FOR PAPERS
Sport can be both a source of conflict and a means of promoting reconciliation and peace-building. This one-day conference aims to examine theoretical debate and practical approaches to the role of sport in relation to conflict and conflict resolution.
A particular interest of the conference lies in the area of the use of sport for purposes of conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation, and peace-building. Prof. John Sugden, Professor of the Sociology of Sport at the Chelsea School, University of Brighton, will be giving a keynote address on this theme. In addition, the conference organisers will be aiming to organise at least one panel specifically on this theme, so we particularly welcome papers in this area.
However, we also welcome papers looking at other aspects of sport and conflict, and from any discipline, including geography, sociology, politics, economics, cultural studies, history, media studies, literature, and sports studies. Amongst the themes that could be considered are:
- Theoretical perspectives on understanding the interactions of sport with conflict and with post-conflict rehabilitation
- Case study evaluations of historical or contemporary instances of the relationship between sport and conflict/conflict resolution
- Organisational studies looking at the role of agencies such as ngo’s, governing bodies, political institutions, economic actors and educational bodies in sport
- Comparative assessments of the interplay between sport and conflict in different circumstances and contexts
- Analytical studies looking at the key themes and issues of relevance in using sport as an interventionist tool for peace-building
- Philosophical and ethical evaluations of the roles of sport, both in engendering conflict and in promoting its resolution.
- Assessments of methodological approaches to the analysis of the role of sport in conflict and conflict resolution.
The conference is being organised by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University. The conference organisers are Dr Michael Holmes, Dr Liam O’Callaghan and Dr Joel Rookwood. The venue will be the Conference Centre, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park campus, Taggart Avenue, Liverpool.
Paper proposals (title and an abstract of not more than 300 words) should be submitted to the Conference Secretary, Jane Reilly, at reillyj(AT)hope.ac.uk by 31 January 2012. We will provide initial notification to proposers by 17 February. Late submissions may be accepted if feasible.