Call For Papers: Gender and Sport

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Gender Forum, an Internet Journal for Gender Studies

In light of the FIFA world cup 2018 in Russia, an upcoming issue of gender forum approaches the question of gender and sports from a multi- and interdisciplinary angle. With the common division into men’s and women’s sports, athleticism appears as an inherently gendered occupation. Yet even outside the pitch itself, these implications reign supreme. Be it the conundrum of FIFA’s outspoken campaigns against racism and homophobia and the location of the upcoming tournament in a country known for its anti-queer rhetoric and legislation, the misogynist criticism Serena Williams receives for her physical disappearance, the hotly disputed case of Olympic gold medalist Caster Semanya, the hyper-masculine locker room talk, or the hot-button issue of the sports hijab on basketball courts and in retailers’ advertisements, the role of gender in and around sports dominates discussions while still being accepted as the norm.

Potential submissions can discuss (among others):

-          Gender stereotypes and normativities in sports

-          The gendering of sports and the subversion thereof

-          Gender, multiculturalism and sport; gender & race politics

-          Homophobia and racism in sport

-          Gender and the sport film/ sport journalism

-          Queer athletes

-          Hypermasculinity and sport

-          The sexualization of athletes

-          Gendered sport jurisdiction, e.g. doping, hijab bans etc.

-          Gender and contemporary sport events

-          Gender, bodies and the (bio)politics of health and fitness

-          Gender, nation(alism) and sport

-          Other suggestions welcome.

Target articles should conform to current MLA Style (8th edition) and should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length. Please make sure to number your paragraphs and include a bio-blurb and an abstract of roughly 300 words. Files should be sent as email attachments in Word format. Abstracts and a brief biography should be submitted by April 15th. The deadline for the completed papers is May 15th.

For this issue, we are also looking for a reviewer for Sykes, Heather. The Sexual and Gender Politics of Sport Mega-Events: Roving Colonialism. Routledge, 2017.

Please send your submissions and review inquiries to