Enhancing performance: Analysing representations of sports coaches in film - Special Issue of "Sports Coaching Review"

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Nicholas Chare, University of Montreal / Katharina Bonzel, Australian National University

Enhancing performance: Analysing representations of sports coaches in film

***Special Issue of Sports Coaching Review***

Guest Editors: Katharina Bonzel & Nicholas Chare

Drawing on the work of scholars from across the arts and social sciences, this issue will explore portrayals of sports coaches in contemporary film, and how perceptions of sporting instruction are shaped and transformed by film and vice versa. The edition operates with the central premise that films featuring coaches potentially reflect, affirm or, indeed, challenge how audiences comprehend the world of sports coaching. Through considering coaches' common depictions, the perceptions they are likely to generate, and what the implications of these are, the issue will trace how film influences (and is influenced by) contemporary ideas about the role of coaches in sport. Despite the growing interest in theories of coaching and in the study of the sports film as a genre, specific analyses of filmic depictions of sports coaches are still rare. This paucity of scholarship exists despite coaches often having a central role in film narratives such as 'Remember the Titans', 'Coach Carter' and 'Rocky' where they are depicted as figures shaping the values, social situations and cultural expectations of the athletes they train. This issue, therefore, seeks to remedy the scholarly neglect (among those working in both sports and film studies) afforded films featuring sports coaches. It does so through inviting reflections on how close to the lived realities of coaching the portrayals of coaches in mainstream narrative cinema are or should be. Its purpose is also to consider how and in which ways the coach, as an iconic figure in sports films more generally, can be considered as a performative praxis in (and beyond) cinema. Its intention is also to analyse how sports films similarly shape audience expectations about the actual role of coaches, in addition to how such portrayals potentially influence how coaches perceive their own positions and philosophies.

Key to the editorial thinking behind the issue is the desire to foster dialogue between sports and film studies from a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives and to encourage both qualitative and quantitative analyses of depictions of coaches in art house and/or mainstream documentary, narrative and/or instructional films. Papers which address, but are not limited to, the following topics are particularly welcome:

- Bullying portrayals of sports coaches in film
- Coach-assistant relations as evidenced on film
- Cinematic depictions of player-coaches
- Differences between documentary and narrative film depictions of coaching and coaches
- Film as a coaching aid
- Gendered/homophobic/masculine/racist film portrayals of coaching
- Film, coaching and mythmaking
- Realism, coaching and the cinematic portrayal

Authors should follow the "Submission Guidelines for Authors" used in every issue of the Sports Coaching Review found at:
http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rspc20&pa... ns

Papers should not exceed 6000 words (including abstract, endnotes and reference list).

Please address any questions to either Dr. Katharina Bonzel (katharina.bonzel@anu.edu.au ) or Dr. Nicholas Chare (nicholas.chare@umontreal.ca)

--Deadline for submission of papers: August 31st 2015--

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