Small Worlds of Football Workshop, 24 of June

Despite the celebration of football (soccer) as national sport, little academic attention is given to the people who engage in the sport outside the elite, professional, and structured realms. Small worlds of Football scholars’ collective started to conceptualize research that attends to  the ‘non-elite, recreational player at local level, especially if he or she is not integrated into the formal organisational structures of clubs and associations.’ Building on previous workshops, the essays published in the inaugural Special Issue, and other recent publications that attend to the game from “below,”the Institute of Sport and Sport Science at the University of Freiburg will host the next edition of Small Worlds of Football. Situated in the beautiful southern Black Forest, the institute invites papers or expression of interest in participating in the 2022 workshop.

Recognising the increasing, yet, isolated social history and ethnographic publications on everyday forms of football, the small worlds of football, we invite scholars to collectively think through the potential and scope of this project. Aim of the workshop is threefold:

  1. Co-theorize the concept of Small worlds of Football to capture a wider comparative scope of such a research project;
  2. To share and workshop the accepted papers submitted to the workshop; and
  3. Work towards a publication: either publish an Edited Volume or a Special Issue (we are in early conversation with the International Journal of History of Sports).

The workshop will take place in person on 24th of Juni 2022 in the

Institute for Sport and Sport Science
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Sandfangweg 4
79102 Freiburg


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