2021 Call for Papers

Forty-Ninth Annual Convention of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)

NASSH 2021 will be a Virtual Conference held from May 29-31, 2021. The conference will be hosted on the virtual platform HOPIN. All presentations will be digitally prerecorded and 7 minutes in duration followed by a live 3-minute Q&A.

Submit a Proposal

Deadline for Submissions: December 30, 2020 11:59 PM CST

Notification of Acceptance or Rejection: February 1, 2021

Submission Deadline for Prerecorded Presentations: March 30, 2021 

Conference: May 29-31, 2021

Proposal Submission

Please submit all proposals to the online abstract submission page at https://www.conftool.org/nassh2021/. A detailed visual guide to using the submission system is available at https://conference.nassh.org/. Additional questions can be referred to conftool@nassh.org.

You will have the capacity to roll over your 2020 presentation and/or create a new submission for 2021. All conference attendees will be able to have their name associated with a maximum of two presentations for NASSH 2021.

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 the following information:

  1. Title of Presentation, Individual or Group
  2. Name/s of Presenter/s including email addresses and institutional affiliations
  3. Abstract (250-300 words maximum)

Presentation Modes

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

  1. Individual Presentations: Proposals for individual 7-minute long presentations which the program committee will then group into appropriate 30-minute sessions.
  2. Group Presentations (thematic and contemporary): Proposals for group presentations should include 3 presentations (30 minutes). All presentations will be 7-minute in duration.

Group presentations (thematic, contemporary and panel sessions) should address a significant topic in sport history. A maximum 300 word abstract for the session should be provided in the abstract box. A single upload should also be submitted that provides individual maximum 300-word abstracts for the individual presentations that will be included in the session.

All presentations will be prerecorded and will be due by March 30, 2021. Each presenter will have a total of 10 minutes (7-minute prerecorded presentation followed by a live 3-minute Q&A). Instructions related to prerecording and submission of your video file will be distributed with conference acceptances along with information on technical assistance should you need it.

All sessions will be 30 minutes duration and will be managed by a session chair.

A virtual site will be provided for presenters to deposit longer versions of their papers if presenters wish to share their completed papers.

Letters of acceptance or rejection will be sent by February 1, 2021. 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 Murray Phillips (m.phillips@uq.edu.au).

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 and, for one author, to record the 7 minute presentation and be available for a 3 minute Q&A. Authors must be NASSH members in good standing (https://www.nassh.org/membership/). Membership dues must be paid by February 28, 2021 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.

Conference Platform

NASSH 2021 will be hosted on the virtual platform HOPIN. If interested, please click this 10-minute video for an introduction to HOPIN: https://bit.ly/2QH3s3i

HOPIN allows registrants to:

  • Access the NASSH Conference Reception Page with all relevant information, communication and links
  • Attend the Stage which will host live sessions, including the Conference Opening, Keynote and Graduate Addresses, NASSH Business Meeting, Caucus on Inclusion, Grad Student Social/Roundtable and Closing Event
  • Attend all Sessions which will be a mixture of prerecorded presentations and live Q&A
  • Utilize Networking and attend communal coffee breaks and private meetings with colleagues
  • Visit the Conference Expo site hosted by publishers and sponsors

Program Committee

Chair: Murray Phillips, The University of Queensland (m.phillips@uq.edu.au)

Committee Members:

Thomas Fabian, St. Francis Xavier University (tfabian@stfx.ca)

Russell Field, University of Manitoba (Russell.Field@umanitoba.ca)

Sarah Fields, University of Colorado Denver (Sarah.Fields@ucdenver.edu)

Chad Seifried, Louisiana State University (cseifried@lsu.edu);

Stephen Townsend, The University of Queensland (s.townsend@uq.edu.au)

Mentorship Program

In an attempt to foster a positive community environment, build inter-generational relationships, and offer guidance for those entering the field, the mentorship program will provide mentees with an orientation to the society, an introduction to the intricacies of the field, and a basis for future collaborations and networking. Early career NASSH scholars who register for the mentorship program will be matched with experienced NASSH members in advance of the conference. The mentorship will be extended through the Networking function of HOPIN during the conference. The contact person is Thomas Fabian, St. Francis Xavier University (tfabian@stfx.ca).

General Guidelines for NASSH Presentations

*(“presenter” refers to authors and all co-authors)

  1. Each presenter must be a NASSH member in good standing.
  2. Each presenter must register for the conference.
  3. NASSH encourages the inclusion of diverse perspectives and communities at its conference and in its work.
  4. NASSH pays no honoraria or any other expenses for speakers to prepare presentations or to attend the conference.
  5. Presentations are to be original works, not published or presented in full elsewhere.
  6. Individuals whose abstracts are accepted by the program committee must deliver the presentation summarized by the abstract and not some other piece of work.
  7. Presenters can have their names associated with two presentations at the NASSH 2021 conference.
  8. Presenters should not be the moderator of the session in which they present.
  9. 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.
  10. Moderators will firmly enforce time limits for presentations.