2008 Conference

Call for papers

The Fifth Annual Sport in Africa Symposium:
Communication, Media and Sport in Africa
February 22-23, 2008
Ohio University, Athens Ohio

Since its inception in 2004, the Sports and Africa Symposium has sought to foster meaningful dialogue on the interface of sports and Africa among academics, practitioners, media, NGOs and the public. The first four conferences covered a range of topics across time and disciplines. The presentations have explored the relationships among sports and broader themes such as politics, culture, gender, age, cooperation, conflict, history, migration, mass media, health and development. The multi-disciplinary approach has allowed scholars and practitioners to explore multiple dimensions of African sport and to learn from each other. In continuing the multi-disciplinary exploration and study of African Sport, Communication, Media and Sports in Africa will be the leading theme of 2008 symposium. Therefore, the 2008 conference will focus on themes such as:

Communication for sports and development
International media coverage of African sports
Digital media and sport
Internet and sport
Satellite and cable media and sport
Women sport in media
Youth and sport media
Economics and sport media
Media and the 2010 World Cup
The Role of Media Sponsorship in Sports
Although we encourage the submission of papers that focus on communication, media and sports, conference organizers are also open to the submission of papers that deal with other aspects of sports in Africa.
The conference organizers sincerely hope that the dialogue will be pursued beyond this initiative, and are planning a symposium that will be not only intellectually engaging, but also a source of inspiration for future scholarly and practical endeavors.

Submission Guidelines
Presentation Sessions (20 minutes)

Authors must submit a cover page, including the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s), and the author(s)’ affiliation(s), if applicable; and an abstract of the paper. The abstract may be no longer than 350 words and should not contain the name(s) of the author(s) or reference(s) that would identify the author(s). All submissions should conform to Endnote style guidelines. Each submission should be made as a separate email attachment, using the .doc format from Microsoft Word or .txt format. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Online submission: http://www.sportinafrica.org/forms/abstract_sub.php

The deadline for presentation abstract submissions is Janurary 15, 2008.

IMPORTANT: Authors whose abstracts are accepted for presentation must submit the completed papers by January 26, 2008. Selected papers will be considered for publication in Impumelelo: the Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports

Roundtables (60 minutes):

The Roundtable sessions have been well received in the past due to the engaging discussions that they produce. Presenters may suggest a relevant theme or topic that they believe will benefit from a public debate.

Proposals for roundtable sessions should include a cover page with the title of the discussion, the name(s) of the presenter(s), and the presenter(s)’ affiliation(s), if applicable; and an abstract of the topic. The abstract may be no longer than 350 words and should not contain the name(s) of the presenter(s) or reference(s) that would identify the presenter(s). All submissions should conform to APA style guidelines. Each submission should be made as a separate email attachment, using the .doc format from Microsoft Word or .txt format. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Online submission: http://www.sportinafrica.org/forms/abstract_sub.php

The deadline for roundtable abstract submissions is Janurary 15, 2008.

Poster Sessions

Proposal for poster sessions should include a title and one paragraph abstract. Posters may be on any topic addressing the conference theme and African sports in general.
The deadline for poster sessions abstract submissions is January 4, 2005.

IMPORTANT: Selected posters will be submitted to Impumelelo: the Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports reviewing for possible publication.

 

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