"Duelism:" Confronting Sport through Its Doubles

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Taylor McKee / Western University and Brittany Reid / Thompson Rivers University
contact email: 

Call for Chapter Proposals: "Duelism:" Confronting Sport through Its Doubles

Co-edited by Taylor McKee and Brittany Reid

We are seeking chapter proposals for a collection that critically engages with sports in society by exploring them alongside other concepts, institutions, or peoples. From nationhood to gender, to class and violence, we will gather critical readings from sport scholars that acknowledge and interrogate the concept of sport by exploring its ongoing struggles with various cultural entities: an approach we have termed “duelism.” Resultantly, we are interested in submissions that treat sport’s “duelity,” by considering sport in constant cultural combat. Authors will be required to ground their analysis through specific instances of conflict and contestation that they observe between sport and other cultural entities. In this way, each chapter will necessarily take the form of sport praxis by employing historical and/or contemporary sporting events or conditions to explain how sport can be understood through its struggles with many significant doubles.

"Duelism: Confronting Sport through Its Doubles" represents a consciously interdisciplinary approach to sport that accounts for its centrality and multiplicity of meaning in contemporary society. To that end, this collection reflects the many corollaries of sport studies (sport philosophy, history, sociology, literature, etc.) by inviting treatments of the topic from diverse critical viewpoints. Rather than confining entries to any particular subgenre of sport studies, this edited collection will bring different disciplines and approaches into direct conversation.

Accordingly, while we are open to single-author submissions, we also encourage co-authored or collaborative proposals, especially those across traditional disciplinary lines. 

Suggested chapter topics:

  • Sport and Race
  • Sport and Gender
  • Sport and Nationhood
  • Sport and Class
  • Sport and Environment
  • Sport and Education
  • Sport and Militarism
  • Sport and Violence
  • Sport and Religion
  • Sport and Childhood
  • Sport and Politics
  • Sport and Mental Health
  • Sport and Commerce

This collection has a provisional publication arrangement with the Sport and Society imprint of Common Ground Research Networks.

Please submit a proposal (500 word max) along with a brief bio (50 word max) to Taylor McKee and Brittany Reid at (duelismbook@gmail.com) by October 1st, 2019. Final chapters should be 6500-9000 words, including notes and citations, and all chapters will be blind reviewed by Common Ground prior to publication.

Feel free to contact the co-editors if you have any questions and we look forward to your submissions.

Taylor McKee (tmckee6@uwo.ca)

Brittany Reid (breid@tru.ca)