Pre-Convention Sport History Workshop

Sun, Surf, and Toned Bodies:
California’s Impact on the History of Sport and Leisure
NASSH Workshop, 24-25 May 2017
California State University, Fullerton

Call for Papers

Application deadline: December 1, 2016
It is no exaggeration to say that California has played a significant role in the defining and redefining of international sport, physical culture and leisure. The Golden State’s mountain playgrounds have propelled snowboarding to the forefront of winter sporting culture; its beachfronts and sub/urban cityscapes have popularized body building, surfing, skateboarding and roller blading; its Hollywood industry has glamorized sporting spectacles; and its lifestyle of consumption has influenced the business of sports marketing and branding. Having also hosted mega events such as the Olympic Games and supplied venues for tournaments such as the men’s and women’s FIFA world cups, California has emerged as a preeminent global sporting city. At the same time, and just as importantly, California’s diverse cultural, ethnic, and racial composition has produced unique sporting communities and icons.

Given the state’s impact on sport and body culture, it is surprising that the complicated links between its sporting history and its geographic, political, and cultural identity have received only limited focus from historians and sport studies scholars. This workshop aims to explore the many ways California has shaped (and has been shaped by) sport, physical culture, recreation, and leisure. With California as the unifying theme, we invite historical examinations on wide ranging topics related to sport, exercise, dance, leisure, and physical activity. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2016.  After applications have been reviewed, up to eight participants will be invited to attend the workshop and present their work. Those selected will be notified by January 15, 2017, and will be required to submit a 6,000-8,000-word paper by April 17, 2017.  Funding is available for accommodation and meals for the duration of the two-day conference. A selection of the papers will be published in a special edition of the Journal of Sport History.

Guidelines for Applications

Applicants should provide an intellectual justification for their projects, conveying the ideas, objectives, methods, and significance of the work. The narrative should run no longer than four, double-spaced pages (1.25-inch margins and 12-point font); those exceeding this limit will not be reviewed. – Applications should include the following information:

  • Applicants name, institutional affiliation, and email address
  • Applicants CV
  • Project title
  • Project description/ purpose of the study
  • Significance of project and scholarly contribution
  • Sources and methods: describe briefly key sources and archives to be used; if novel research methods are employed, those should be explained here
  • Status of project: summarize briefly what you have done thus far

Please email Toby Rider with any questions.