‘Football in Lockdown: Power in Unity’ Conference: Call for Papers

‘Football in Lockdown: Power in Unity’ Conference: Call for Papers with The Football Collective to support Early Career Research on the 12th May 2020 organised by Sarthak Mondal.

Call for papers

The world is going through an unprecedented crisis, globalised production churn is slowly stopping, oil prices continue to fall, and recession is an unwelcomed visitor to the doors of most nations. Alongside this economic crisis is the breakdown in modern society, with many nations populous having an enforced hibernation period. Perhaps in times of real struggle people look to sport as a physical and mental outlet, yet that too is closed down on an unprecedented scale in peacetime.  Here at the Football Collective we believe that we as a group need to embrace the current situation and more than ever give  academic support to researchers who may feel at this time isolated, or give space to those that require an outlet to express their thoughts on Football. It is important we all support one another now more than we ever have.

In these troubled times it shouldn’t be overlooked how isolated many in our industry actually are, with fears around engaging with a virtual network that appear to better equipped and much more productive than ourselves, this will especially true of early career researchers and postgraduate students. Therefore, the Football Collective will be hosting an online conference that aims to address some of these issues: ‘Football in Lockdown: Power in Unity’ on May 12, 2020. Whilst the event is open to everyone, it is specifically centred on early career researchers of football and sport, an opportunity to have a platform and share their research. The audience will undoubtedly be global, and it engage key thinkers and academics in the process, providing a medium for idea exchange, support and strategy building.

We would like to give 16 researchers an opportunity to present their work in an online forum to hosted on Zoom.

There will be no registration fee to participate in the event.

The purpose of the online conference is to provide a supportive and constructive forum for early career researchers to present their research and receive feedback and advice from senior academics and internationally recognized leaders in the football industry. It is also a space which is a virtual online extension of the hugely supportive framework of The Football Collective.

The conference is primarily aimed at:

  • Master level and postgraduate students,
  • Current PhD candidates, and,
  • Those who have graduated from PhD in since September 2019.

We would like to invite:

  • Presenters: Students of football and sport-related studies from across the globe and who plan to pursue post-graduate study to a virtual forum in which to experience their first academic conference
  • Other participants: Academics, sports administrators, football writers and journalists who are willing to give their time to hear new research on the game and offer constructive criticism and advice on papers and projects.

The conference welcomes papers that address (but are not limited to) football and the following:

  • Business
  • Performance
  • Grassroots and elite level sport
  • Mega events
  • Politics
  • Fan culture and social movements
  • Diversity
  • Women and Girls
  • Social and Community
  • Governance and Ownership
  • Labour / Migration
  • Racism
  • Conflict (Ethno-national, Ideological, Sectarian etc.)
  • Sectarianism
  • Identities
  • Class
  • Gender and Sexualities
  • Mental Health
  • Other themes relevant to the Football Collective themes

Please submit a Word document containing your paper title, a 250 word abstract, and author information including full name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a 50-word bio to theonlinefootballcollective@gmail.com by April 26, 2020. A maximum of 15 (10 + 5) minutes will be allocated to each conference paper.

9.15 AMPeter DruryThe evolution of football broadcasting in the UK
10.00 AMJosh DeanNot for charitable purposes’: The state of play in the Premier League’s corporate social responsibility management.
10.40 AMMichael ColePopulist Tactics: Ramzan Kadyrov’s use of football as a political tool during the 2018 FIFA World Cup
11.00 AMGeorge Parisis“Football and the working classes in 19th century England”
11.20 AMPanos PapageorgieuThe Feasibility of Fan Ownership Model in the Greek Professional Football Clubs
11.40 AMMeshael BatarfiWhy are we so good at football, and they so bad at it?
1.00 PMJasmin SeijbelFootball Fandom and Holocaust Education: How to Combat Antisemitic Behaviour in and Around Football Matches?
1.20 PMGavin Michael PriceA critical review of Australian football diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region since Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) admission into the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in 2005?’
1.40 PMNicola HagueA sociological examination of Youth Academy male footballers’ experiences of the transition from school to work.
2.00 PMBenjin PollockA Sport For All? Three Sided and De-centering competition in the Alternative Soccerscape
2.20 PMKatarzyna RaduszynskaLet’s undertake human re-turn finally! : about power of performance and its performativity
2.40 PMConnor PenfoldThe disabled supporter as an activist for social inclusion in lower-league English football
3.00 PMRobin IrelandWhose ethics? Unhealthy sponsorship and marketing in the English Premier League. Interviews with key informants in football.
3.20 PMRebecca Sawiuk‘Long ball’ and ‘balls deep: A poststructuralist reading of female coach-learners experiences of the UEFA advanced licence
3.40 PMRichard IrvingFootball clubs in crisis: A comparative study of private and community club ownership
4.30 PMColin J. LewisA Creative Writing Case Study of Gender-Based Violence in Coach Education: Stacey’s Story
4.50 PMAna CostaDeterminants of the construction of personal brands of Brazilian and German women’s football players on Instagram
5.10 PMVincente LopezAfter an outburst, after the catastrophe: an analysis of the Chilean professional football current situation
5.30 PMAlonso Pahuacho PortellaGoals for peace: sport as a symbolic union vehicle between Peru and Chile 1922-1939
5.50 PMGidon JakerEnduring Love: the Long-Term Effect of a New Stadium on Attendance at Professional English Soccer


Details to register, join and support the presenters is here. Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

To ensure you can access the day, please also follow our Facebook Page where the event will be live streamed: https://www.facebook.com/TheFootballCollective/

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