Call for Chapters/ Abstracts: The Hash House Harriers

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Monmouth College
contact email: 

In 1938, a group of British expatriates led by Albert Stephen Gispert, known as G or "our father G," founded the Hash House Harriers (H3) in Kuala Lumpur.  Other than during WW II, the group has been in continuous existence for almost eighty years; the original Kuala Lumpur group, Mother Hash, still exists. The hash house harriers, "a drinking club with a running problem," is a unique blend of athleticism, sociability, and hedonism.  Hashing has a rich and diverse history spanning the globe, and this anthology seeks to capture its impact on global culture.

We invite researchers, practitioners, and enthusiasts of the hash house harriers to submit original research articles, case studies, and ethnographies that examine and shed light on the culture and significance of H3 for the book. We encourage submissions from a diverse range of academic disciplines, including but not limited to anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, geography, history, and sport and leisure studies.

Possible topics for submission include but are not limited to:

  1.  The history of the Hash House Harriers: this might include a discussion of methodology related to the mythology and the facts of hashing's origins.

  2.  A postcolonial analysis of the H3 that, perhaps, includes both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore if not more H3 sites.

  3.  The extended online life of the H3 (rhetorical analysis): Hashing has found a new life on Facebook including groups such as Adulting H3, Hash House Harriers Airport Check-in, Puppers H3, Here's To Brother Hasher, and DND H3. What kind of international community has been created online by and for hashers? What kind of identity do these groups presuppose?

  4.  Modern ritual and the H3: All over the world, hashers embrace rituals both during opening circle, during the trail, and during closing circle. What role does ritual play? Does/ how does that impact the community identity and the transnational nature of hashing? Do regional or local differences impact local kennels' identities, attachment, or even longevity?

  5.  Conceptualizing space and the hash trail: hashing by its very nature takes place in public, but the activities and behaviors that are acceptable vary based on local laws, culture, and the members of the kennel.  How do all the distinctive traits of the public space of a hash create meaning/ alternative meanings?

  6.  Marxist analysis of hashing (perhaps as a companion piece to my draft on hashing and the carnivalesque): what "rules," expectations, behaviors, and activities of hashing reinforce, contradict, or resist globalization and neoliberalism?

  7.  Sexuality and the hash house harriers: may include an exploration of cross-dressing in costuming or hashing as a welcoming space for nonbinary, trans, and GLBT+ folks.

  8. A chapter of brief vignettes about significant and well-known hashers contemporary and historical. Some beloved hashers have had a considerable impact on the group and have influenced its impact and the spread of the organization. This chapter might include both bios and brief stories demonstrating the diversity and nature of hashing.

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2023. Littlefield & Rowman has expressed interest in this volume, although the collection of essays would also be suited for the Routledge Focus on Sport, Culture, and Society series, which has also expressed interest.

Please submit an abstract of around 300 words, and a short biography (100 words) to Marlo Belschner at If you are associated with the hash house harriers, please join the FB group, Academic Hash House Harriers.

For more information, please contact Marlo Belschner at I look forward to receiving your submissions.