Call for Papers
SOCCER AS A GLOBAL PHENOMENON
Weatherhead Initiative on Global History
April 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2016
Soccer is the most global of games and one of the most vigorous engines of the process commonly known, celebrated, or feared as globalization. Beyond its immense popularity, soccer now enjoys tremendous success as a global industry with many interlocking parts in an intricate architecture of organizations that represent clubs, nations, regions, and continents. Just as the game once took shape in the context of the reconfiguration of social life in industrializing societies, the industrialization of soccer itself accompanies profound changes in the disciplines of labor and leisure during the New Media Age with its unprecedented power to penetrate distant corners and private spaces via digital links. Yet, the game still derives much of its vitality from passions rooted in a sense of place and of community.
Paper Proposals are due September 1st, 2015. Late proposals will not be accepted.
Applicants will be notified in October 2015. If accepted, you will be asked for a draft paper by March 1st. We hope to cover all (economy class) travel costs, accommodation and meals, pending the availability of funds.
Francesco Erspamer, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature
Cemal Kafadar, Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies, Department of History
Mariano Siskind, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature