Performing Ethnicities Through Sport-Call for Papers

To mark the merger of Sport Studies into American Studies at the University of Iowa, the Department of American Studies and the Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts are sponsoring a three-day symposium: Performing Ethnicities through Sport. The symposium will take place April 1-3, 2011 in Iowa City. It aims to bring together scholars engaged in critical and historical studies of American sport in U.S. domestic and transnational contexts to explore the performance of ethnicities through sport.Proposal deadline: December 1, 2010.

Performing Ethnicities Through Sport-Call for Papers

University of Iowa Department of American Studies and the Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts (CESA)
Announce a Call for Papers for
PERFORMING ETHNICITIES THROUGH SPORT

April 1-3, 2011
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Sport can be understood as a live performance whose study powerfully engages questions of the body, its identities and capabilities, and its interactions with natural and built environments; sport is also widely broadcast and represented in the media. Critical sport scholars and American studies scholars use a range of theoretical perspectives and draw from many fields to illuminate these and sport's other manifold historical and contemporary resonances. This symposium aims to bring together scholars engaged in critical and historical studies of American sport in U.S. domestic and transnational contexts to explore the performance of ethnicities through sport.

We invite proposals for standard 20-minute paper presentations and panels, as well as other formats, including roundtables, workshops, and performances on this theme.
Keynote Speakers
Three distinguished Iowa alumni will give keynote talks. They are:
• Sarah K. Fields, The Ohio State University, author of Female Gladiators: Gender, Law, and Contact Sport in America (2005): "The Absence and Presence of Race: Ross v. Creighton University."
• Daniel A. Nathan, Skidmore College, author of the award-winning Saying It's So: A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal (2003): "Playing Together, Playing Apart: Sport, Community, and Identity."
• Mary G. McDonald, Miami University, Ohio, co-editor of the award-winning Reading Sport: Critical Essays on Power and Representation (2000): "In the Embrace of Michelle Obama's Arms: Intersectionality and Celebrity Body Politics in 21st Century America."

For each proposal, please submit:
• Name(s) of all participants
• Address, telephone number, and e-mail address for each participant
• Institutional affiliation(s), if any
• Title(s) of paper
• 250-word proposal
• 100-word biographical note for each participant

Send proposals via electronic mail by December 1, 2010, to: cesa@uiowa.edu.
Proposals will be evaluated by the conference program committee, and notification of acceptance will be made by January 15, 2011.

For further questions or information on PERFORMING ETHNICITY THROUGH SPORT, please contact: Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts, Department of American Studies, University of Iowa, 210 Jefferson Building, Iowa City, IA 52242; phone (319) 384-3490; e-mail: cesa@uiowa.edu; http://www.uiowa.edu~cesa

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