Call for Papers

Forty-Fifth Annual Convention

California State University – Fullerton, USA, May 26-29, 2017

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 23, 2016

Submit abstracts to: nasshprogram2017@gmail.com
Download a pdf version of the CfP here

Grad Students – Park Travel Award | Papers | Sessions | Panels | General Guidelines | Pre-Convention Workshop

The 45th annual convention of the North American Society for Sport History will be held at California State University, Fullerton, from May 26-29, 2016.  For more information, visit the NASSH 2017 web page. The Program Committee encourages NASSH members and others interested in the scholarly study of sport history to submit proposals in three categories.

  1. Proposals for individual papers: (20-minute presentation time) which the program committee will then group into appropriate sessions.
  2. Proposals for complete thematic sessions: 95 minutes – typically composed of 3 presenters at 20 minutes each, a 20-minute commentary, and 15-minute discussion. Sessions containing four thematically connected papers may also be submitted. Proposals for complete sessions are strongly encouraged.
  3. Proposals for panel presentations: Panels must also adhere to the 95-minute session format. Before submitting a panel presentation, please contact the Program Chair, Jan Todd (512-694-6237).

The deadline for submission for all types of presentations is Friday, December 23, 2017. PLEASE SUBMIT ALL PROPOSALS TO THE NEW EMAIL: nasshprogram2017@gmail.com. Letters of acceptance or rejection will be sent in late January. The Program Committee will evaluate all submissions according to their individual merit, contribution to the field, and fit within the total program. Proposals that do not provide all the information requested will be returned to the author(s). Please email  Jan Todd with any questions.

Important: Implicit Agreement to Attend Conference. Submission of an abstract indicates the author’s and co-authors’ intent to register for the conference at the appropriate conference fee and to be available to present on any of the three days of the conference. Again, a presenter must be a NASSH member in good standing-that is, his/her membership dues must be paid by February 28, 2017, to be on the final program.

Graduate Student Information and
Roberta Park Graduate Travel Awards

Graduate students who have a paper accepted for the 2017 NASSH convention are eligible for a grant from the Roberta Park Graduate Travel Fund. NO APPLICATION IS NEEDED; TREASURER THOMAS HUNT WILL DISTRIBUTE CHECKS AT THE CONFERENCE.  Annual interest from the Park Fund is divided equitably among all graduate students presenting at the conference to help defray the costs of travel and accommodation at the convention. The amount of the grant is expected to be approximately $300 in 2017. Graduate students are also encouraged to enter the NASSH Graduate Essay Competition which is described on the NASSH website.

Graduate students submitting abstracts should include the following words at the top of their abstract so that their names will be sent to the NASSH treasurer: “Graduate Student Applicant.”  This should be at the top of the first page of the abstract where you should also list your name as you wish it to appear in the program, your home department, university, email, phone, and the name of your advisor.  Please note that graduate students who have their paper accepted are expected to have the financial wherewithal to attend the conference, no matter the amount of the contribution from the Roberta Park Graduate Travel Fund.
Jan Todd, Ph.D., Program Chair (512-694-6237) – Committee Members: Jason Shurley, Bieke Gils, Kim Beckwith, Adam Criblez, & Tolga Ozyurtcu

Guidelines for Submitting Individual Paper Abstracts

Deadline: Friday, December 23, 2016

Submit in the MS-Word format (doc or docx) to nasshprogram2017@gmail.com

On page one at the top, include the name of the author(s) as you wish it to appear in the program, your institutional affiliation(s) and position(s), your office and mobile phone numbers, and email addresses.  It is the policy of NASSH that in order for an author’s name to appear in the NASSH Program and the Conference Proceedings, that the author must be present at the conference. If you are submitting a paper with more than one author, all authors are expected to attend.  If you are a graduate student, be sure to also include the information requested above.

Below this contact information please write the paper’s title followed by a 300 to 500-word abstract of the proposed paper.  (Please type in a 12-point font and double space the abstract.) The abstract should include the question(s) addressed in the paper, the evidence to be used, a precise statement of the argument and conclusions, and what significance the paper has to our understanding of sport history.

Following the abstract, list two broad thematic session topics for which this paper might be appropriate.  (Ex: session on modern Olympics, session on women in sport, session on doping, session on race and sport, session on sport in Europe, etc.) Further, if you are aware of another paper on a related topic that might fit well with yours (even though not a complete session) please list this for the program committee.

Guidelines for Submitting Complete Sessions

Deadline: Friday, December 23, 2016
Submit in the MS-Word format (doc or docx) to nasshprogram2017@gmail.com

On page one at the top, include the name and contact information of the session organizer through whom all correspondence for the session will flow.  Below, include the names of all presenters as they wish for them to appear in the program, their institutional affiliation(s) and position(s), their office and mobile phone numbers, and, most importantly, their email addresses. Be sure to include contact information for all members of the session which normally includes a moderator, three speakers, and a commentator. If you are submitting a session with four papers and no commentator, be sure to include contact information for all speakers. If you are a graduate student, be sure to include the information requested above.

Below this contact information include the title and abstract for the session. The session abstract should include a discussion of its theme and argument, a description of the relationship among the papers, and a statement about the significance of the session to our understanding of sport history (150-250 words).

Below the session abstract include the titles for the other papers in the session. Abstracts for these may be pasted into the main document (which must be saved in the MS-WORD doc or docx format) or sent as individual attachments to the main email. The paper abstracts should include the question(s) addressed in the papers, the evidence to be used, a precise statement of the argument and conclusions, and what significance the papers have to our understanding of sport history (300-500 words each maximum).

Guidelines for Submitting Panel Presentations

Deadline: Friday, December 23, 2016

Submit in the MS-Word format (doc or docx) to nasshprogram2017@gmail.com

On page one at the top, include the name and contact information of the session organizer through whom all correspondence for the session will flow.  Below, include the names of the panel members as they wish for them to appear in the program, their institutional affiliation and position, their office and mobile phone numbers, and, most importantly, their email addresses. Be sure to include contact information for all members of the session. If there are graduate students on the panel, be sure to include the information requested above for graduate student applicants.

Below this contact information include the title and a statement about the research question the panel will address and the potential significance of the session to our understanding of sport history (250-500 words).

General Guidelines for NASSH Presentations

*(“presenter” refers to authors and all co-authors)

  1. Persons whose papers are accepted by the program committee must agree to present the paper in person and to attend and participate in other convention sessions.
  2. Each presenter must be a NASSH member in good standing.
  3. Each presenter must register for the conference.
  4. Except for supporting graduate students through the Roberta Park Fund (see below), NASSH pays no honoraria or any other expenses for speakers to prepare papers or to attend the convention.
  5. Papers are to be original work, not published or presented in full elsewhere.
  6. Persons whose abstracts are accepted by the program committee must deliver the paper summarized by the abstract and not some other piece of work.
  7. Only one paper or panel contributionmay be presented by an individual at a NASSH convention. (A presenter may, however, also moderate a session or serve as a commentator.)
  8. Presenters should not be the moderator of the session in which they present.
  9. Presenters must prepare final abstracts of about 300-500 words for publication in the annual NASSH Proceedings.
  10. Moderators will firmly enforce time limits for papers. Speakers should plan on no more than two minutes per page (page (calculated on the time it takes to read a double-spaced page in 12 point Times New Roman font consisting of 25 lines).
  11. LCD projectors will be available. Please let the conference hosts know if speakers or other media are needed. They may not be able to accommodate all requests.
  12. The deadline for submitting completed papers to commentator(s) and to other members of the session is May 1, 2017. Commentators have some autonomy in working with presenters on this deadline.

Pre-Convention Sport History Workshop

California State University – Fullerton, is also hosting a Pre-Convention Sport History Workshop, on May 24-25, 2017. Details and submission guidelines are provided here.