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The Spectacle of Modern Sport (MSA14)

In keeping with the MSA14 conference theme, this panel invites papers that address the spectacle of modern sport in historical, literary, and/or sociological terms. Possible topics might include the architecture of mass sport, the celebrity of the athlete, the emergence of national and transnational bureaucracies of sport (e.g., the International Olympic Committee, the International Tennis Federation, the Professional Golfers' Association, etc.), the relationship between sports and nationalism (e.g., the Gaelic Athletic Association, the 1934 FIFA World Cup, the 1936 Berlin Olympics, etc.), and the quantification of modern sports in terms of records and statistics, as well as literary and filmic representations of sport (e.g., Ernest Hemingway, Ring Lardner, Leni Riefenstahl, etc.). Please send a 250-word abstract and brief professional bio (2-3 sentences) to Alexander McKee at abmckee@udel.edu by March 26, 2012.

Conference Location: Las Vegas, USA
Conference Starts: October 18, 2012
Conference Ends: October 21, 2012

CFP Submission Deadline: March 26, 2012

For more information, contact: Alexander McKee

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