On the occasion of the European Soccer Championship 2008, the Referat Genderforschung (Gender Research Office, University of Vienna) and the Kompetenzzentrum für Soziale Arbeit (Center of Competence in Social Work, FH Campus Vienna) are organizing a conference on the construction of gender in soccer, which will take place in April 2008.
A highly popular sport, soccer entered the elitist fields of science and art a long time ago. One of the probably most prominent examples of the last few years is political scientist Eva Kreisky: she edited the book /Arena der Männlichkeit/ (Arena of Masculinity, 2006), which deals with the most important topics of critical research on soccer. An early example is the sociologist Norbert Elias, who saw sports and games as indicators of the civilization process. In the 1950s, Elias frequented the games of his soccer team Leicester City. There he met Eric Dunning, a former soccer player who later became a sociologist.
*Combining science and praxis*, these two men produced many scientific analyses of soccer. Originating from this initial research, a problematic red thread ran through early soccer research: androcentrism and blindness to gender. Moreover, a systematic incorporation of gender-relevant topics in soccer, which are *tackled by practicians and scholars together* is still missing until today.
This conference which takes place in Vienna April 15-16, 2008, wants to offer precisely this platform to initiate an intensive interchange between the actors of the field of soccer (clubs, police, social workers, active players) and scholars. The topics to be included are open as well as manifold. However, strong focus should be placed on the special gender of soccer (cf. Kreisky 2006).
We welcome papers addressing the following topics:
1. *Interaction on the field *
Soccer as the production of masculinity and femininity
Soccer as bodily practice
The soccer pitch as space of negotiation between the genders
Soccer as exclusively male space
2. *The construction of gender outside the field *
Gender and nationalism in soccer
Soccer and prostitution
Soccer and violence
3. *Institutionalization of soccer *
Commercialization of soccer
Lacking institutionalization of women's soccer
Nation-forming and soccer
4. *Discourses on soccer*
Soccer and reception
Narrations on soccer in the media
Representation of the players' partners
We would kindly ask you to submit your proposals including a working title and an abstract (app. 3000 characters), as well as a short CV (1 page) to Katharina Miko (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marlen Bidwell-Steiner (email@example.com, Referat Genderforschung, Universitaetscampus Hof 7, Spitalgasse 2, A-1090 Vienna
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