Call for Applications

SOCCER AS A GLOBAL PHENOMENON Conference at Harvard University

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Conference Conveners:
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

Weatherhead Initiative on Global History
Harvard University
April 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016 – 16:00 to Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 14:00


The Organizers hope to cover all (economy class) travel costs, accommodation and meals, pending the availability of funds.

The organizing theme of the conference is precisely this tension or modes of accommodation between the globalizing impulse and the tenacious appeal of local attachments, past and present. The Organizers are interested in exploring different dimensions of that theme while sparking a conversation about the relevance of a study of soccer and of sports for a deeper critical understanding of global history and of globalization.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The Organizers are seeking proposals from scholars at all stages of their academic career, including graduate students, who wish to present their original research on a variety of topics dealing with social, political, or economic aspects of different ecosystems of the world of soccer –including modest clubs and lesser known leagues as well as global icons and organizations like FIFA— or with the evolution of  “the beautiful game” itself.
  • The Organizers are particularly interested in forging a global discussion of these topics, and therefore especially welcome contributions from outside North America and Europe.

Submission guidelines:

Please submit a single doc or pdf file including an abstract of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to with the subject line “Soccer2016.” We recommend including a header with your name on every page of your submission.

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.

For More Information:

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