The Fifth Annual Sports in Africa Symposium:
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.
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.
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