2019 Conference

2019 Conference Information

November 6-9, 2019 in Virginia Beach, VA

Sport Sociology and the Responsibility for Decolonial Praxis
Decolonizing Minds, Indigenizing Hearts

Sport in western nation-states has been central to the interlinked projects of imperialism and capitalism. In this sense, sport is part of a spatial and material project of economic development built upon stolen lands, with stolen labor. Similarly, the academy is a key institution in the production of imperialist and capitalist knowledge and expertise.

The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport sits at the intersection of these imperialist roots. We are an academic institution built on occupied land and funded by the wealth of empire; Virginia Beach can host our meeting because the Powhattan Confederacy was dispossessed of their traditional lands and Virginia was a slave state. At the same time, NASSS members primarily work within the critical tradition; focusing on the multiple ways in which power and oppression work through and within sport. What then does it mean for us to engage in critical scholarship while benefiting from the ongoing occupation of Indigenous lands and build careers within an elitist academy funded by wealth accrued from slave and other forms of exploited labor? How do we engage with a more self-critical scholarship that moves beyond manufacturing hopes for justice from ivory towers?

The theme “decolonizing sport sociology” focuses on the multiple contradictions we – individually and institutionally – confront in our research, teaching, and service. The contradictions mean that we all have a responsibility to challenge settler colonialism. The question is how do we continue to transform ourselves, institutions, and world? This isn’t simply a self-reflective exercise. To challenge the ongoing realities of settler colonialism, decolonization starts by becoming critically aware of institutional whiteness, heteropatriarchy, manifestations of racisms and how they work to maintain settler colonialism. This centers Indigenous Peoples’ interests, theory, methodology, pleasures, and desires, and rights since settler colonialism obscures them. We can then address the global processes that work to oppress and marginalize different peoples across and within empires. We hope this theme sparks a process of decolonizing minds, indigenizing hearts.

To submit an abstract, please use our online submission system: https://nasss.org/call-for-abstracts-vabeach2019/

To view the 2019 Sessions List, please download the PDF.  

Official Call

On behalf of the 2019 Conference Committee (Jeffrey Montez de Oca, Michelle Richards, Paul Whitinui, Parissa Safai, Kenneth Sean Chaplin, Algerian Hart, Charles Crowley, Jorge Moraga, Yuka Nakamura, Alexandra Arellano, David Leonard, Chen Chen, Stan Thangaraj, Rebecca Wood, Dan Henhawk, Tricia McGuire-Adams, William Bridel, Molly Cotner, Akilah Carter-Francique), 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. As the conference organizer, I look forward to an engaging and meaningful conference. I appreciate all the session organizers who offered their time to create sessions. Thank you!

Please review the session descriptions on the NASSS website: https://nasss.org/documents/2019/04/2019-call-for-sessions.pdf/. Abstract authors are strongly encouraged to submit to one of the Thematic Sessions. However, for authors who do not see their paper fitting in with one of the Thematic Sessions, there is also the option to submit to an Open Paper Session. The conference organizer and committee will do their best to ensure abstracts find an appropriate home.

Due to time, space, and scheduling constraints, we ask that authors submit only one abstract as first author. Authors who wish to submit more than one abstract may do so provided they are not the first author on subsequent abstract submission(s). 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 3 (typically around 8 am) and end in the afternoon on Saturday, November 5 (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.

Timeline: Deadline for submission of abstracts to session organizers is June 1, 2019. Session organizers will notify authors of abstract acceptance by June 15, 2019. Session organizers will submit completed sessions (3 –  4 papers each) to the conference organizer, Jeffrey Montez de Oca at nasssconf2019@gmail.com, by July 1, 2019.

Format: 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).  For a list of session descriptions, go to: https://nasss.org/documents/2019/04/2019-call-for-sessions.pdf/.  To submit your abstract please do so via the online system at http://www.nasss.org/conference/2019-conference/call-for-abstracts/.


Hotel Information

The official hotel for the 2019 NASSS Conference  is the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel

Conference participants can book a room at the NASSS room rate through the following link.

If preferred, participants can also contact the hotel by phone at (757) 213-3000 and identify themselves as a member of the 2019 NASSS Conference. The special room rate will then be applied to the reservation.

Rates (in US dollars):
City View Double or King: $139/night

Ocean View Double: $159/night
Oceanfront Corner King: $189/night
All guestroom rates are subject to state and local taxes, currently 14%, plus $2.00 per room per night occupancy tax. Taxes are subject to change without notice. For triple and quadruple occupancy there is a $20.00 additional charge per adult (18 years or older) per room per night, with maximum occupancy of four persons per room.

**To secure the NASSS conference rate, participants will need to book their rooms prior to midnight on Sunday October 13, 2019.

Travel Information

NASSS members can fly into Norfolk International Airport, which is about 18 miles from the hotel.  The airport has taxi service and paid shuttles from the airport to the hotel.  Taxis to the hotel reportedly are about $25 but NASSS members can ride the same cab or taxi and split the fare.    

Sharing a ride saves money and the planet!  As part of our environmental initiative,  NASSS will organize an interactive Ride Share document.  The document will allow you to match up with other conference attendees so that you can share a ride from the airport. Details about Ride Share will be posted closer to the conference start data.





Conference Registration

Conference registration will be open as of June 1 2019.

Please direct any travel, hotel, or registration questions to NASSS Conference Director, William Bridel at william.bridel@ucalgary.ca.

Virginia Beach +1 Initiative

In partnership with the Diversity and Conference Climate Committee Chair, Dr. F. Michelle Richardson, the 2019 Conference Committee is pleased to continue the “+1” initiative. The goal of this initiative is to expand the audience for the NASSS conference to include those who have never attended the NASSS conference or who have not attended for some time. NASSS members are encouraged to invite a +1; this can be a colleague, student, peer, or friend who has never been to NASSS and to invite them to register and participate in the conference. As you are considering organizing a session and/or submitting an abstract, we encourage you to bring to your +1 to Virginia Beach!