National Identity and Sport in Post-Conflict/Fractured Societies
Mahfoud Amara; Alan Bairner; Chris Szejnmann,
Date of the International Workshop: 03 July 2013
Venue: Loughborough, UK, Loughborough University
Deadline to submit abstract: 01.02.2013
This cross-disciplinary workshop looks at national identities and sport in post-conflict/fractured societies. We are particularly interested in the following questions: What is the role of sport in these societies?
To what extend does sport shape national identities in societies that are divided by past conflict? What is the nature of these changes and what mechanisms bring about these changes? To what extend does sport help to overcome fractures, create obstacles in overcoming fractures, or enhance fractures? Or does it combine these elements, thereby pulling in different directions?
We would like to hear from scholars who would like to present a paper at the workshop at Loughborough University on 3 July 2013 on the theme of National Identity and Sport in Post-Conflict/Fractured Societies. More generally, we are also interested to hear from scholars who are interested in joining an international network on this theme for further research.
Whilst this project builds upon existing knowledge it aims to break new ground by looking at particular aspects of national identities and sport in post-conflict fractured societies from the perspectives of various disciplines, including History, Sociology, Politics, International Relations and Geography. Some contributions might focus on individual disciplines whilst others might be inter-disciplinary.
The project goes beyond existing studies that present selected country specific research and pursues genuine comparative analysis by bringing together experts who rethink the nature of sport and national identities, and are prepared to work with partners on a specific theme.
This network seeks to create a forum for exchange and cooperation and to facilitate the process of finding partners with a view of pursuing genuine comparative research. We are planning to set up a network website shortly.
Deadline: 1 February 2013.
If you would like to present a paper at the workshop please send an abstract of 300 words plus short bio data to the conference / network administrator
Participants will need to cover their own expenses (travel, accommodation and subsistence). We will be able to help participants with the logistics. There will be no conference fee.
Travelling to Loughborough: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/about/findus.html
- The Travelodge Loughborough (Loughborough town centre- good public transport available) from £21 room only; http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/547/Loughborough-Central-hotel;
- Premier Inn Loughborough (Loughborough town centre - good public transport available) from £29 room only; http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/LOUBOR/loughborough?DCMP=KNC_D_BND&mckv=s8O9ryPGskworde|plid|;
- University Lodge £40 B&B per night (on campus); http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/campus-living/accommodation/shortstayvisitors/universitylodge/;
- The Link Hotel - 3 star budget hotel (10 minutes walk from campus) between £50 and £87 B&B per night; http://www.linkhotelloughborough.co.uk/;
- Burleigh Court 4 star conference centre and hotel (on campus) between £60 - £100 B&B per night; http://www.welcometoimago.com/conference-venues/burleigh-court/bedrooms/
Department of Politics, History & International Relations, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire,
LE11 3TU, UK
+44 (0)1509 222991
Fax: +44 (0)1509 223917
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