Fiftieth Annual Convention of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)


NASSH 2022 will be a hybrid conference held from May 27-30, 2022. The in-person conference will be hosted in Chicago, Illinois, US at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago-Magnificent Mile.  The Chicago area is located on ancestral lands of Indigenous Nations and Tribes, including the Council of the Three Fires (Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations) and the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, Fox, Kickapoo, and Illinois Nations.

We anticipate that parts of the live and in-person conference (keynotes and spotlight sessions) will be livestreamed to those who are unable to attend in person.  Not all in-person sessions will be available to remote participants, but all remote sessions will be available to in-person participants.  Registration fees will be tiered according to modality. Given the pandemic, we will have a brief window in which you can change your submission from remote to live and the converse, but after that, changes will not be possible.

Download this CFP as a PDF here.


Submissions Open: December 1, 2021

Deadline for Submissions: January 31, 2022 11:59 PM CST (NOTE EXTENSION)

Notification of Acceptance or Rejection: March 1, 2022

Last Day for Individual Presenters to Switch from Remote to In-Person and Vice Versa:  March 1, 2022

Submission Deadline for Prerecorded Presentations: April 15, 2022 

Conference: May 27-30, 2022

Presentation Modes

The Program Committee encourages NASSH members and others interested in the scholarly study of sport history to submit proposals in one of three categories:

  • Live Individual Research Presentations: Proposals for individual 12-15 minute research presentations, which the program committee will then group into appropriate 60-minute sessions.
  • Remote Individual Research Presentations:  Proposals for individual 12-15 minute research presentations, which the program committee will then group into appropriate 60-minute sessions.  Remote presentations must be pre-recorded and uploaded to NASSH by April 15, 2022.  Additional technical guidelines will be forthcoming. Remote presenters should be present online during their session for the live discussion period following the presentations.
  • In-person Complete Sessions (thematic sessions with individual papers, panels, roundtable discussions, etc.): Proposals for this category will describe how the group (no fewer than 3 participants, please) will fill 75 minutes including at least 15 minutes of discussion.

It is the policy of NASSH that in order for an author’s name to appear in the NASSH Program and the Conference Proceedings, that the author must be registered for and attend the conference (either in-person or remotely).

Proposal Submission

Please submit all proposals to the online abstract submission page at beginning December 1, 2021. A detailed visual guide to using the submission system is available at Additional questions can be referred to

To submit an abstract you will need to register for an account using your preferred email and contact information. You will be asked to select the mode of presentation you wish to give and then provide, among other elements, the following information:

  • Title of Presentation, Individual or Group
  • Name/s of Presenter/s including email addresses and institutional affiliations
  • Abstract (300 words)

Guidelines for Submitting Individual Abstracts (in-person or remote)

Submit via

Required information includes:

  • Selecting where presentation will be in-person or remote;
  • title of presentation;
  • corresponding author’s name, email, and affiliation;
  • if relevant, co-authors names, emails, and affiliations;
  • abstract (300 words);
  • session topic suggestions

The abstract should include the question(s) addressed in the paper, the evidence to be used, a precise statement of the argument and conclusions, and what significance the paper has to our understanding of sport history.

For the session topic suggestions, please list two broad thematic session topics for which this paper might be appropriate. (Ex: session on modern Olympics, session on women in sport, session on doping, session on race and sport, session on sport in Europe, etc.) Further, if you are aware of another paper on a related topic that might fit well with yours (even though not a complete session), please list this for the program committee.

Guidelines for Submitting Complete Sessions

Submit via

Required information includes:

  • confirmation that all participants will be present in-person
  • title of session;
  • moderator if appropriate (affiliation and email);
  • participants (names, affiliations, emails);
  • session abstract (300 words);
  • presentation’s titles and abstracts if individual papers are to be presented. If you are submitting a thematic session with individual papers, NASSH recommends one moderator, three or four paper presentations, and, if only three papers, a commentator/moderator.

The session abstract should include a discussion of its theme and argument or relevance, a description of the relationship among the papers or the presenters, and a statement about the significance of the session to our understanding of sport history (300 words). If this is a thematic session with individual papers, each paper abstract should include the question(s) addressed in the papers, the evidence to be used, a precise statement of the argument and conclusions, and what significance the papers have to our understanding of sport history (300 words each).

Letters of acceptance or rejection will be sent by February 15, 2022. The Program Committee will evaluate all submissions according to their individual merit, contribution to the field, and fit within the total program. Proposals that do not provide all the information requested will be returned to the author(s). For general enquires please contact Sarah Fields (

Implicit Agreement to Attend Conference. Submission of an abstract indicates the author’s and co- authors’ intent to register for the conference at the appropriate conference fee in the appropriate format.  The deadline to shift from a remote to in-person presentation (or the reverse) is March 1, 2022; no changes can be made after this date.  Authors must be NASSH members in good standing ( Membership dues must be paid by April 1, 2022 to be on the final program.

Publication of Abstracts Pre-Conference. Accepted abstracts will be posted to the NASSH website prior to the conference using a Creative Commons CC-BY attribution license. Authors will have an opportunity to edit them prior to their publication.

Remote Conference Platform. If interested, please click this 10-minute video for an introduction to HOPIN:

HOPIN allows registrants to:

·      Access the NASSH Conference Reception Page with all relevant information, communication and links

·      Attend some live sessions, which we hope will include the Conference Opening, Keynote and Graduate Addresses, NASSH Business Meeting, Caucus on Inclusion, Graduate Student Social/Roundtable and Closing Event

·      Attend all remote Sessions, which will be a mixture of prerecorded presentations and live Q&A

·      Utilize Networking to attend breaks and to hold private meetings with colleagues

Additional Information

Graduate Students

Graduate students who have an in-person presentation accepted for the 2022 NASSH convention are eligible for a grant from the Roberta Park Graduate Travel Fund. No application is needed; Treasurer Thomas Hunt will distribute checks at the conference. Annual interest from the Park Fund is divided equitably among all graduate students presenting at the conference to help defray the costs of travel and accommodation at the convention. The amount of the grant is TBD.  Graduate students are also encouraged to enter the NASSH Graduate Essay Competition, which is described on the NASSH website. Please note that graduate students who have their presentation accepted are expected to have the financial wherewithal to attend the conference, no matter the amount of the contribution from the Roberta Park Graduate Travel Fund.

General Guidelines for NASSH Presentations

*(“presenter” refers to authors and all co-authors as well as members of panels and roundtables)

  • Presenters may not be on the program more than two times as a presenter.  Moderating a session does not count as a presentation.
  • Individuals whose papers are accepted by the program committee as in-person presentations must agree to present the paper in person and to attend and participate in other conference sessions.
  • Individuals whose papers are accepted by the program committee as remote presentations must agree to provide a recorded presentation by the deadline (April 15), be available for a live Q&A during their session, and to attend and participate in other conference sessions.
  • Each presenter must be a NASSH member in good standing.
  • Each presenter must register for the conference.
  • NASSH encourages the inclusion of diverse perspectives and communities at its conference and in its work. Those submitting proposals for panels are advised to ensure that the constitution of the panel reflects, or comments upon, the constitution of the field and/or research topic that is being addressed.
  • Except for supporting graduate students through the Roberta Park Fund, NASSH pays no honoraria or any other expenses for speakers to prepare papers or to attend the conference.
  • Papers are to be original works, not published or presented in full elsewhere.
  • Individuals whose abstracts are accepted by the program committee must deliver the paper summarized by the abstract and not some other piece of work.
  • Presenters should not be the moderator of the session in which they present.
  • All abstracts accepted for presentation will be posted on the NASSH Website prior to the conference and be published in the annual NASSH Proceedings. It is essential that presenters adhere to the above-mentioned Guidelines for Submitting Individual Abstracts.
  • Moderators will firmly enforce time limits for papers. Speakers should plan on no more than two minutes per page (calculated on the time it takes to read a double-spaced page in 12-point Times New Roman font consisting of 25 lines).
  • LCD projectors will be available. Please let the conference hosts know if speakers or other media are needed. They may not be able to accommodate all requests.
  • Participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with recommendations on accessibility of presentations and multimedia-based materials. Please consult the World Wide Web
  • Consortium’s Web Initiative Guidelines on Presentation Accessibility: