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1st Global Conference: Probing the Boundaries: Sport
full name / name of organization:
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net
1st Global Conference
Wednesday 7th November – Friday 9th November 2012
“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that”.
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:
“no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”
Certain sports involve and turnover huge amounts of money and sports stars become media celebrities and role models in their own right. Yet such vast rewards necessarily cause those very same stars to take drugs and cheat to achieve the excellence that such events demand. Subsequently sport is both chimeric and dichotomous being seen as a social good, something which brings people together for a common purpose, provides a sense of security and belonging, and enjoyment and excitement; and for participants a sense of fulfillment, well-being and physical fitness. yet on the other hand provoking negative reactions from people in communities affected by the demolishing of homes to make way for facilities for mega sports event; by sports journalists weary of the doping and the match-fixing and the behaviour of elite athletes; by fans sickened by the way their sports have become tainted with the evil of global commerce; and by scholars and others critical of the importance given to sport in modern times.
"Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting."
This project aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines – sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, history, political studies, urban studies, geography, and psychology and sport science – who are interested in exploring the Janus face of sport, to try to better understand the status of sport in our everyday lives. The project is for cheerleaders of sport, critics of sport, and all those in-between who are interested in exploring the Janus face of sport, to try to better understand the status of sport in our everyday lives.
WHAT TO SEND:
300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
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