Call for Papers: Native Americans and American Sport
Indigenous peoples have played a fundamental and largely underappreciated role in North American athletics. Indeed, American Indians have contributed popular games and contests, excelled as players, and distinguished themselves as coaches. As a social domain, sports have not only encouraged the assimilation of native individuals, but facilitated the preservation of cultural traditions and the reformulation of cultural identities as well. Unfortunately, today, most sports fans are more likely to think of Indians as mascots than as athletes. And while academics and activists have rightly questioned the centrality of Indian imagery in American sport, they have done little to recuperate the history and significance of native participation in North American athletics.
In this context, the University of Nebraska Press and C. Richard King invite submissions for a collection on Native Americans and American sport. The core of the volume will be essays on American Indian athletes, coaches, and owners, but concentrations concentrating on native teams or analyzing social and historical themes are welcomed as well. Historical and contemporary subjects from both the United States and Canada are desired. A range of approaches and styles will compose the collection, including contextually grounded biographies, more conventional histories and ethnographies, and cultural studies, but all should speak to educated general readers and academic audiences. Appreciations, interpretations, and critiques from any theoretical perspective are encouraged.
Proposals, including an abstract and CV, are due September 15, 2000.
Accepted essays will be due February 2001.
Inquiries and proposals should be directed to C. Richard King.
C. Richard King
Dept of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
Phone: (515) 271-2745 (515) 271-2055
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