2018 Conference Information

October 31- November 3rd, Vancouver, BC, Canada

On behalf of the 2018 Conference Planning Committee (Adam Beissel, Algerian Hart (DCCC Chair), Courtney Flowers (USA Member-At-Large), Charles Crowley, Cheryl MacDonald, Danika Kelly, Dawn Norwood, Jasmine Hamilton, Jeffrey Montez de Orca, Michelle Richardson, Robert Lake, Steve Marston, William Bridel (Conference Steering Committee, Chair), Joshua Newman (President)), it is my pleasure to distribute the Call for Abstracts. I am confident that you will agree the session organizers have developed creative, thought-provoking, and timely sessions. As the conference planning committee chair, I look forward to an engaging and meaningful conference. I appreciate all the session organizers who offered their time to create sessions.

Thank you,
Akilah R. Carter-Francique, 2017-2018 President Elect

Please review the session descriptions here: https://nasss.org/2018-conference-session-descriptions/

Please submit your abstract using our online submission systemhttps://nasss.org/call-for-abstracts-vancouver-2018/

• 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 “OPEN” session abstract submissions, please submit abstracts to the Conference Planning Committee Chair via the “OPEN” session options (first session listed in the drop down menu).

Due to time, space, and scheduling constraints, we ask that authors submit only one (1) 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 planning 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, October 31st (typically around 8 am) and end in the afternoon on Saturday, November 3rd (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 planning 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, 2018.
• Session organizers will notify authors of abstract acceptance by July 15, 2018.
• Session organizers will submit completed sessions (4 – 5 papers each) to the conference planning organizer, Akilah R. Carter-Francique at nasss2018conf@gmail.com, by July 15, 2018.


In partnership with the Diversity and Conference Climate Committee Chair, Dr. Algerian Hart, the 2018 Conference Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of the +1 program in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The goal of this initiative is to expand the audience for the NASSS conference and to our community of scholars to those who have never attended the NASSS conference or who have not attended for some time. Members are encouraged to contact or bring a +1; this can be a colleague, student, peer, or friend who has never attended a NASSS conference. Invite your +1 to participate/submit/present at the conference. As you are considering submitting an abstract, we encourage you to distribute the announcements and Call for Abstracts to your networks, and send an invitation to submit an abstract to your +1.

As early as the first Olympic Games, sport has moved to the harmonies of music. In and throughout the event music has been used to frame the games through the “Olympic Hymn”, “Bulger’s Dream”, and “Summon the Heroes”. Appreciatively, each representative host country has framed the Games with their nation’s musical expression soundtrack. Across the globe, sport and music occupy the same space to set the tone of a sporting event, serve as a backdrop for a performance, support an athlete in their development and preparation, or facilitate the delivery of fitness training. Sport and music as cultural institutions share a bond, some might say they have a symbiotic relationship as they have worked together to elevate the production and consumption of their respective products. Sport and music forge communities, imbue national pride, and promote cultural identities.

The conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver. More information will be posted about room rates and travel as the conference date approaches.