CFP: Gender, Sport, and the Olympics (deadline: May 15, 2009)

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From the Feminist Law Profs mailbox, this call for papers:

The editors of   thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture (a Canada-based, peer-reviewed journal)
invite submissions for our forthcoming issue on gender, sport, and theOlympics.

Prompted by the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, we are  interested in exploring the central role which gender and sexuality play in  shaping ideas about athleticism, sport culture, and the body, and the  significant ways in which athletic events such as the Olympics work to  transform conceptions of public space, national boundaries and identities,  and gendered self-presentations and performances. This issue invites  contributions on:  

  • the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
  • sport, athleticism, and ability
  •  the Para Olympics
  • LGBT participation in athletics and the Olympics
  • legal impacts on gender and sport (i.e. Title IX legislation in the  United States)
  • sport and masculinities/femininities
  • the role of gender in sporting competition
  • gendered perspectives on Olympic events
  • the use of prosthetics and technologies in athletic competition
  • the impact of the Olympics on the environment  sports/the Olympics and the use of public space, including  displacement of individuals/communities, the environment, and urban renewal
  • and other topics relevant to the theme of gender, sport, and the  Olympics.

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplinary and geographical  perspectives. Submissions from researchers working within, or among, the  disciplines of geography, sociology, literature, area studies, cultural  studies, film/media studies, art, history, education, law, and women’s/gender studies are particularly encouraged.

We accept the submission of work from scholars of any rank or affiliation,  and encourage submissions from emerging feminist scholars, including  graduate students.

All submissions to the journal must be submitted electronically through our  online submission process (details here). All submissions are peer-reviewed by established,  senior feminist scholars. For more information on our publishing policies  see here.  

Deadline: May 15, 2009.  

For more information, please contact the editors at

-Bridget Crawford

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