2024 Annual Conference

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Conference Information

(Re)Creating NASSS:
Communities, Axiologies, Politics and Praxis

The particular threat to the intellectual today [is “professionalism”] - not rocking the boat, not straying outside the accepted paradigms or limits, making yourself marketable and above all presentable, hence uncontroversial and unpolitical and "objective.”
― Edward Said, Representations of the Intellectual

To stop a system from being reproduced, you have to stop it from working… We learn how those who try to stop a culture from being reproduced are stopped. But in learning this, we also learn that reproduction is not inevitable, nor is it smooth, despite the failure to stop something from working.
― Sara Ahmed, Complaint!

“[W]ho we are and from where we speak” matters for the kind of knowledge we produce. … [O]ur identities predispose us to see or not see; listen to or not listen to; read or not read; cite or not cite; concern ourselves or not concern ourselves with specific Other peoples, issues, and societal dynamics. … To the extent that we wish to work for epistemic decolonization, we need to first acknowledge and then examine the link between our identities (of which our geographical origin is only one aspect), our scholarly practices, and the knowledge we produce. 
-Paula ML Moya, Who we are and from where we speak

"[H]ow we live, how we organize, how we engage in the world – the process – not only frames the outcome, it is the transformation. How molds and then gives birth to the present. The how changes us. How is the theoretical intervention."
― Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, As We Have Always Done


We find ourselves in a moment of urgency. Not only the neoliberal capitalist culture of urgency that characterizes so many of our institutional spaces, but the urgent question of who we are as scholars and as a scholarly organization and how we plan to respond to the ways in which lives and livelihoods are fundamentally threatened by fascist and genocidal states, institutions, policies, practices, and logics. As Ahmed’s work continues to remind us, institutions – including and especially violent institutions – constantly work to reproduce themselves and re-entrench their power, even as these same institutions hearken to “inclusivity,” “reconciliation,” “equity,” “anti-racism,” and much more. This includes, of course, genocidal institutions like settler colonialism and the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the myriad institutional spaces that reproduce their logics and effects. Just as importantly, it also includes “the university” itself as both an “arm of the settler state” (to borrow from Sandy Grande) and a bastion of white supremacy in “the wake” of slavery (as beautifully theorized by Christina Sharpe). It also includes governments, athletic governing bodies, grassroots sports organizations, and more reproducing dominant power relations through, for example, actively working to render trans people ever more vulnerable while simultaneously running cover for those who pose the greatest threats in terms of gender-based violence. And, not least, it includes scholarly organizations, whose (in)actions must also be scrutinized in an era of “DEI” initiatives and amidst the dominant logics of academia generally and particular fields of study more specifically. We must ask ourselves hard questions about our own complicity in the very systems and processes we so often critique in our scholarly and popular publications, creative outputs, and classrooms.

The call for sessions for the 2023 conference in New Orleans included this important question: “has NASSS lived up to its purpose?” This year, we invite a return to this question and others as we work to reinvigorate our scholarly association and, perhaps, our collective scholarly practice as intellectuals and practitioners of sport and physical culture. In that spirit, we are curious again about NASSS’s purpose and we invite sessions that interrogate how such a purpose has been expressed over the history of the organization, what it is now, and what it might be as we imagine ourselves in the coming years and decades. Our curiosity also extends to the ways in which NASSS is, arguably, overdetermined by academia as a settler colonial institution, to the contradictions and tensions we encounter if and when we fashion ourselves as radical intellectuals in such spaces.

In particular, we look to questions of community, axiology, politics and praxis, inviting sessions oriented around such questions as:

What does (or might) scholarly community look like?
How do we foster a robust scholarly community that holds space for different paradigmatic assumptions, substantive interests, political commitments, social and occupational positionalities, etc.?
How do we invite “new” voices (e.g., junior scholars, scholars who may not currently “see” themselves in NASSS’s mission and vision) into community, hold space for their perspectives, commitments, and values?
What does being in community mean… what are the responsibilities we have to one another, to our disciplines, to our other communities, to the Indigenous lands most of us occupy as we do this work?
What are the responsibilities we have to those sitting at the table with us as well as those (still) too often denied a seat in the first place?

What axiology/ies underpin our work – what and how we research, teach, and engage in service work?
How do we define what is good, true, desirable, beautiful, acceptable, etc.?
How do we put those axiological assumptions and commitments to work, make them explicit, and reflexively revisit them as part of an ongoing practice?

What kinds of politics are possible and desirable in and through our scholarly work?
How might we respond to institutional, local, global, administrative, and other political pressures, violences, and possibilities of this moment and others going forward?
(How) does our research anticipate unknown vectors of oppression on the horizon and speak to the repetitive histories of marginalization, and the importance of interrogating perspectives that seek to maintain harm?

Where, when, and how will we create communities of praxis?
How might we marshal our skills and capacities, to contribute to the creation of a more just world, one that does not sacrifice so many to the logics of Empire, (settler) colonialism, cisheteropatriarchy, and racial capitalism?

While the organizing committee encourages dialogue around these most pressing issues, NASSS also welcomes session proposals that address other issues related to sport and movement cultures.


This is the call for Sessions. If you would like to organize a themed session, you should submit an abstract here.
If you are more interested in presenting just your paper, the call for papers will be available at a later date.

Download a PDF of the call here
Call for Sessions PDF

Session Types
All session abstract proposals must include the type of submission; the name, institutional affiliation, and email address of the session organizer; a title (10 words maximum); and a brief abstract (150 words maximum) that describes the session.

The following types are available:
1. Open: Session organizers submit an abstract with a title and description that is open during the call for abstracts to papers, presentations, or performances guided by well-developed scholarship, research, or creative works. Next, the session organizer accepts or declines abstracts, and then groups them into one or more sessions of 3-4 abstracts.
2. Preconstituted: 3-4 preselected papers, presentations, or performances within the session topic. With the session abstract, submissions must include the name, institutional affiliation, and title of each presenter, including a commentator if chosen by the session organizer. Individual abstracts for these sessions are due during the call for abstracts.
3. Panel: This session type is for more advanced OR less developed, preliminary, or exploratory scholarship. These sessions can consist of 4-5 presenters with 5-minute introductions of scholarship, followed by discussion amongst presenters and conference attendees joining the panel. These sessions may be open or pre-constituted.
4. Poster: This session type is open to submissions of well-developed scholarship presented as a poster from undergraduate and graduate (e.g., masters, doctoral) students as well as early-career scholars.
5. Professional Development: In line with (re)structuring NASSS for its educational purposes, this session type (continued from 2023) is focused on professional development. Topics should speak to the diverse membership of NASSS and may focus on a particular area of professional development, such as leadership and service to NASSS, navigating student, faculty, or administrative work, reviewing for Sociology of Sport Journal or related sociological journals, applying to and interviewing for graduate programs or faculty and administrative positions.

Conference Session and Abstracts Process
NASSS Annual Conference begins with this call for sessions. This call generates sessions for conference participants to submit to during the call for abstracts in the spring. Session organizers are responsible for accepting or declining abstracts submitted to their session. Abstracts may also be submitted to an open session or placed there by the conference organizers. Most sessions are 75 minutes in length. We aim to include as many sessions as possible within our space limitations. All presenters must be NASSS members and register for the conference.

Virtual Considerations: Building on the first steps taken at the 2023 conference in New Orleans, the conference program committee is actively working to produce a robust virtual participation experience for those who face barriers to in-person attendance. Further details will be shared in the coming months. If, as a session organizer, you require or plan to support virtual access, please indicate this in your call for sessions. Further direction will be provided in the call for abstracts. To reiterate, all presenters, inclusive of all presentation formats, must be NASSS members and register for the conference.


Submit Sessions here:  https://nasss.org/call-for-sessions/

Submit session proposals by Friday, May 31, 2024 at 11:59pm PDT.
Session organizers will be notified about their proposed session no later than Friday, June 7 2024.
See the "timeline" tab on the left for more information.

Please share the call for session and the forthcoming call for abstracts with your colleagues, academic networks, and listservs.

Conference Timeline
  • Submit session proposals at: https://nasss.org/call-for-sessions/ by Friday, May 31, 2024.
  • Session organizers will be notified about their proposed session no later than Friday, June 7, 2024.
    • The call for abstracts will be released approximately three weeks after this notification date.
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday, July 22, 2024.
  • Session organizers will notify abstract submitters (authors) of abstract decision (acceptance/decline) no later than Friday, August 9, 2024.
  • Final completed session submissions are due Friday, August 16, 2024.
  • A preliminary program will be released in September, 2024.
  • All presenters must be a member of NASSS as of Friday October 25, 2024.
  • Conference registration information, pricing, and hotel information is forthcoming on the NASSS website.
  • Closing time for all dates is 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Conference Site

The 2024 annual conference for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport will be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA from October 30th - November 2nd.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile.
511 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60611



Registration is not yet available.


Conference Program

The conference program will be available in Fall 2024.
Generally, the conference begins with a welcome reception on Wednesday evening.
Paper Sessions and Speakers will take place all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.


With the support of the NASSS Executive Board, President, President-elect, and Treasurer, the SEEDS mentoring program will occur in Chicago with the leadership of Ajhanai Keaton, Christopher McCleod, Umer Hussain, Eun Jung, Billy Hawkins, Jeffrey Montez de Oca, and Judy Liao. SEEDS is a mentoring program for racially minoritized graduate students and junior faculty. This programmatic effort is an attempt to create a healing, supportive space for emergent scholars with marginalized racial identities within NASSS to facilitate their ability to thrive within NASSS and academia at large, while also fostering future generations of engaged scholars. 

Check out the information about our pre-conference programming, including how to apply.


In order to grow our community, sense of belonging, and additional financial support for NASSS,  we have created a NASSS store on Bonfire.

We have tested the quality of the product and logistics and are pleased with the results. You can see the store here: NASSS Bonfire Store

If you have any questions about the conference PROGRAM (scheduling of events, abstracts and session), please contact President-Elect and conference chair, Jay Laurendeau - [email protected]

If you have any questions about the conference logistics (hotel, registration, etc), please contact the Chair of the Conference Steering committee, Beth Cavalier, [email protected]

If you have any questions about conference registration (need a receipt, question on how to fill out registration), please contact the membership coordinator, [email protected]

If you have any questions about the website (session/abstract submission forms, questions about information on the web), please contact the NASSS Volunteer Web Administrator, [email protected]