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Abstract Submission Deadline for the Global Conference on Sport for Social Change

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic and pivotal moments in the history of sport and the Olympic Games: When sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medalists in the 200-meter dash, raised their black-gloved fists in a black power salute on the medal podium during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, they set in motion a movement of change and progress.

To commemorate the brave and powerful silent protest of the 1968 Games that ultimately sparked a global and domestic wake-up call on civil and human rights, please join us at the first Global Conference on Sport for Social Change April 3-4, 2018 at the University of Georgia to reflect on the progress, roadblocks, and the ongoing struggle towards equity and social justice since the 1968 Games.

The Global Conference on Sport for Social Change invites individuals to submit abstracts (followed up with full papers by June 1, 2018) relevant to the following areas of interest:


Day 1:

  • Globalization and sport events
  • Sport labor migration
  • Public policy in sport and politics

Day 2:

  • Sport and youth development
  • Power, social justice and inequalities in sport
  • Gender and the Olympics

Now through Jan. 28, 2018, submissions of abstracts will be accepted, with notification of acceptance being Feb. 15, 2018. Both completed and research-in-progress are acceptable.

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be 250-300 words for 20-minute oral presentations, and 500-750 words for symposia (APA format and 12-point Times New Roman font size). A-double-blind review will be used to select abstracts for the conference. Abstract shall have a cover page that includes author/s, and university/college affiliation, and contact information. Abstract shall contain three to four key words in alphabetical order, with the abstract having introductory statement, purpose, significance, methods and major findings. You can submit up to two presentations, including co-authored presentations. Send your abstracts to Katja Sonkeng at, and email questions to Professor Rose Chepyator-Thomson at

Full Paper Submission (Due: June 1, 2018)

Conference papers will be considered for a journal special issue. If interested, submit full paper (20-25 pages including references) by June 1, 2018.

Presentations may be proposed in any of the following formats:

  • A 20-minute oral presentation (including 5 minutes of Q & A)
  • A poster presentation
  • A 60-minute symposium, intercultural roundtable, or workshop focusing on diversity in the sport industry
  • A 60-minute panel discussion with students and faculty