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

Wednesday, Feb. 28 2018, 5:00 p.m.

Please note that the submission deadline for the Global Conference on Sport for Social Change has been extended to Feb. 28.

The Olympic games have become a global spectacle and echo of diversity in the form of development and sports participation at the elite level. Hosting Olympic games permeates the sport industry as well as social, political, and economic spheres of human life.

However, the Olympic games are often entangled with political and social predicaments and economic hardships, with scholars working to discover ways to stimulate social and economic progress and to prompt political and social reforms and systemic change through their research activities.

Thus, the purpose of this Global Conference on Sport for Social Change is to showcase the extent to which the Olympics have impacted development and population welfare through the decades to the present days, indicate ways to improve social and economic issues facing underrepresented groups, and present avenues through which Olympic games and other sporting activities can be used to tackle issues of diversity and inclusion.

The Global Conference on Sport for Social Change invites participants 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

All abstracts that were received before or on Jan. 28 will be notified by Feb. 15, all others will be notified by March 5. 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)

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

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