2020 Virtual Conference

Change Agents’: Cultivating the Seeds of Access within the Sociology of Sport

November 4-6, 2020

Download the Detailed Schedule Here: VIRTUAL NASSS 2020 Program (Updated Nov 4)

Please note that this schedule does not contain links to live session.  All conference registrants will receive a full program with these links in advance of the conference.

NASSS Virtual Conference Program


Wednesday, November 4th

Welcome Reception/NASSS Re-Connect, Reach Out, Empower
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (LIVE SESSION)
8:45 p.m.-10:15 p.m. (VIRTUAL DJ)

Thursday, November 5th

8:00 a.m.-9:15a.m. Virtual Morning Coffee/Tea
9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Alan Ingham Memorial Address: Dr. Nancy Spencer
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Concurrent LIVE SESSIONS)
12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Graduate Student Empowerment Virtual Luncheon, Links with Faculty Affiliates and Graduate Students
1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. (Concurrent LIVE SESSIONS)
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Graduate Student Poster Symposium  (Charles Crowley)
3:35pm- 4:05pm - NASSS Awards Annoucement

Friday, November 6th

8:00 a.m.-9:15a.m. Virtual Morning Coffee/Tea
9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. NASSS Presidential Address: Dr. Jeffry Montez De Oca
10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (Concurrent LIVE SESSIONS)
11:50 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.  (Concurrent LIVE SESSIONS)
1:10 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. (Concurrent LIVE SESSIONS)
2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. NASSS 2020 Virtual Keynote Address: “Facing Uncomfortable Truths” (Dr. Richard Lapchick)
3:45 p.m-4:00 p.m Post Keynote: Q & A
4:05 p.m.-4:25 p.m  Conference Adjournment & NASSS Community Thank You

Conference Registration Fees

NASSS Members - FREE - 
Members will have the option to donate to NASSS -
To become a member for 2020, click the link to:  Join NASSS

$50 Professional
$15 Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Conference Registration Process

To register for the conference, use the NASSS Virtual Conference Registration Link

NASSS Members - Even though the conference is free, you still need to register.
>When filling out the form, select "Member" as your registration type.
>You will not be charged a fee.
>You will be asked to make an optional donation.
>Conference details will be sent to your email.

Non Members -
>Register using the Virtual Conference link above.
>Follow instructions for payment
>Conference details will be sent to your email.

Change Agents’: Cultivating the Seeds of Access within the Sociology of Sport

Sport diaspora has developed beyond the allusion that it belongs to a particular group. Sport is interwoven into the lives and cultures of people globally and has an inherent and inimitable ability to connect people while providing opportunities to transform individuals and communities. However, the notion of inclusive sport diaspora in many spaces would remain exclusive without the change agents who have sojourned to empower pathways of access, which illuminate the invisible individual, thus, promoting their valuable power to the collective community. In the Sociology of Sport, diaspora can be applied as ground-breaking, pioneering, and inventive. Nonetheless, for this evolution of sport access to occur, the cultivation of the seeds that foster change, must be nurtured. As described by W.E.B. Du Bois (1995) “Proof Of The Seed”, he states “To be sure, good seed proves itself in the flower and fruit, but the failure of the seed to sprout is no proof that it is not good. It may be proof simply of the absence of manure--- or its excessive presence”(p. 473). The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, is positioned uniquely to provide a platform in New Orleans, Louisiana that supports inclusive access which is primary toward the production of ideas where sport access is mandatory, and the intentionality to cultivate spaces that empower participation are vital to our global sport communities.

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