2017 Conference Information

November 1-4, 2017 in Windsor, Ontario

Sport Matters: Physics, Politics, Performances, Pedagogies

While exigencies and politics may have changed, in the 37 years that the members of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) have convened their annual meetings, two things have remained constant: sport is both matter and sport matters. In this year’s meeting, we invite participants to explore the double meaning of “matter(s)” in the context of contemporary sport and physical culture. That is, we invite scholars to explore how physical and material bodies in/of motion (and at play) both constitute, and are constituted by, broader political, economic, and cultural arrangements. At an historical moment defined in North America (and beyond) by growing degrees of xenophobia, ethnic nationalism, global neoliberalism, heteronormative patriarchy, ableist doxa, environmental collapse, and anti-science politics, we believe that bodies performing therein serve as critical ‘matters of concern’ for understanding our present condition.

In keeping with the conference theme, sessions may highlight various ways in which scholars are exploring the double meaning of sport-related matter (as both consequential and substantial) and the alliterative intersections that make it so (e.g. politics-physics, politics-performances, politics-pedagogies, physics-performances, physics-pedagogies, performances-pedagogies). For this year’s event, we encourage scholars doing theoretical, empirical, and interventionist work on sporting and physically active bodies and body cultures to bring together scholarship and activism that seeks to make sense of and provide resistance to the uneven politics working against bodies in motion and at play. The conference will feature presentations from a wide variety of approaches, including but not limited to: activism, sport for peace and development, social work, critical coaching, critical pedagogy, policy and governance, engagement with the media, self-authored media (e.g. blogging, podcasts), and others. The full range of theoretical and methodological will also be represented, including: poststructuralism, postmodernism, new materialism, participatory action research, ethnography, discourse analysis, post-positivism, critical management studies, media studies, and of course sociological theory and methods.

Session organizers are welcome to engage the theme in creative, challenging, and innovative ways. This call will generate session topics for conference participants to choose from during the Call for Abstracts in April. Session organizers for included sessions are responsible for accepting or declining participants to their sessions.


On behalf of the 2017 Conference Committee, it is my pleasure to distribute the Call for Abstracts.  I am confident that you will agree the organizers have developed creative, thought-provoking, and timely sessions that fill well with the conference theme. As the conference organizer, I look forward to an engaging, inclusive, and meaningful conference. I appreciate all the session organizers who offered their time to create sessions. Thank you! - Josh Newman,

Conference Theme: Sport Matters: Physics, Politics, Performances, Pedagogies

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Submission Process

Abstracts should include the name, institutional affiliation, and email address of the author/s; a title (no more than 10 words); and a brief abstract (200 words maximum) that describes the presentation and ideally how the session fits into the conference theme. Please submit abstracts to the appropriate session organizer via the online submission system (do not send abstracts directly to session organizers via email). Click here to download a list of session descriptions  To submit your abstract, please do so via our online form.

Abstract authors are strongly encouraged to submit to one of the organized sessions. However, for authors who do not see their paper fitting in with one of the organized sessions, there is also the option to submit to an “open” session. For open session abstract submissions, please submit abstracts to the Conference Committee Chair via the “OPEN” session options (first session listed in the drop down menu). Authors submitting to an “open” session are asked to indicate if they are willing to serve as an organizer and/or moderator of a session (list in “additional authors” field). The conference organizer and committee will do their best to ensure abstracts find an appropriate home.

Abstract authors submitting to multiple sessions (and organizers of multiple sessions) should be prepared well in advance of the conference to have a collaborator or colleague present or moderate should there be a scheduling conflict.

In addition, the conference organizer will not be able to accommodate specific requests or preferences regarding time or date of a session or paper.  As such, session organizers, moderators, and presenters/ authors are expected to be available for the duration of the time when conference sessions are scheduled.  Sessions begin in the morning on Thursday, November 2 (typically around 8 am) and end in the afternoon on Saturday, November 4 (typically around 5 pm). There will always be someone who is first, and someone who is last. Your understanding regarding the tremendous work that is involved in organizing the conference is much appreciated by the conference organizer and committee! All considerations will be made to schedule sessions in accordance with the topics of each session, so sessions do not compete with each other for those with similar academic interests. However, due to limited time and space, this sometimes may occur.

Deadline for submission of abstracts to session organizers is June 30, 2017. Session organizers will notify authors of abstract acceptance by July 15, 2017. Session organizers will submit completed sessions (3 – 4 papers each) to the conference organizer, Joshua I. Newman, jinewman@fsu.edu, by July 15, 2017.

Direct any questions to the Conference Program Committee Chair, Joshua Newman (jinewman@fsu.edu)

Conference Schedule

A preliminary schedule will be available in Fall 2017.

The conference begins on Wednesday, November 1 with an opening Reception at 8pm.

The conference will run through Saturday, November 4th at 5pm.




November 1-4, 2017, Windsor, Ontario

Note: In order to present at the conference participants must be current on their NASSS membership and need to register for the conference. To sign up or renew your NASSS membership, visit our Membership Page.

Conference Registration will be available by June 15, 2017.

Hotel and Travel

The 2017 Conference will take place in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It is directly across river and accessible from Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Hotel Information

Conference Hotel: Caesars Windsor
Address: 377 Riverside Drive, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Hotel Website: https://www.caesars.com/caesars-windsor/hotel
NASSS Group Rate Site: https://www.totalrewards.com/hotel-reservations/main/?propCode=WCL&groupCode=ANA1030

Rates for the NASSS conference hotel room block are as follows:

Room TypeSingle RateDouble RateTriple RateQuad Rate

Additional Room Charges and Policies

The room rate quoted are subject to the following additional charges and policies:

  • Rates are subject to all applicable taxes, currently 13% HST
  • Rates are quoted in Canadian funds and are on a per room, per night basis
  • Smoking rooms and accessible rooms are available on request
  • Rates are net non-commissionable

Travel Information

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There are two airports close to Caesars Windsor. The Windsor Airport is approximately a 20-minute taxi ride to our property. Taxis are usually awaiting arrivals and if not, there are taxi phones available. If you are flying into this airport, you will require a passport if you are arriving from a U.S. destination.

The Detroit Metro Airport is approximately 25 minutes away from the Canada/U.S. border by car. Once you leave baggage claim, the Metro Cars limousine service is available on stand by. They will transport you to Caesars Windsor for a flat rate (should be approximately $75 U.S.). Their cars are nice and very clean. You can make arrangements with them to pick you up when you need to return to the airport. Taxis are also available when you arrive. They will charge by the meter, which could cost more or less than using Metro Cars, depending on delays due to road construction or at customs.


There are several restaurants located within the conference hotel.  Click here to see options, hours, and menus. https://www.caesars.com/caesars-windsor/restaurants

Here are some other local restaurants that are near the hotel.

The Conference Site Committee will provide more dining information as the conference nears.


For more information on Windsor, click on http://www.citywindsor.ca/visitors/Pages/Visiting-Windsor.aspx


Grad Students

The NASSS Conference is a great place for grad students to meet each other and to interact with faculty in their field.

As the conference approaches, we will add information for grad students here.

If you need more info about Graduate Students and NASSS, check out our Graduate Student  Pages or contact grad rep Sam Twito (twito@utexas.edu) with any questions.

Thanks to Kevin Airgid for the photos of Windsor, Ontario.