New research agendas for the study of sports media (re)presentation(s) of sportswomen and femininity symposium, which will be held at the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences of Northumbria University on 12th October 2018, is now open. For more details or to book, please visit the BSA website.

Call for submissions

This one-day BSA Early Career Forum event provides an inter/cross-disciplinary platform to explore different ways we come to know, understand, collaborate on and communicate research of the gendered nature of sports media, in particular the representation of femininity. It will bring together early career researchers and academics from range of disciplines (including, but not limited to, sociology, cultural studies, human geography and politics) who are interested in exploring the construction of gendered identity in modern mediated sport, and who would like to make an ongoing contribution to an inter-disciplinary understanding of sports media.

Submissions: We welcome 15-minute papers, multi-media or documentary presentations which address the study of the gendered nature of sports media, including but not limited to such topics as:

  • Methodological innovation
  • Pathways to inter-disciplinary collaboration
  • Sharing outcomes with media practitioners
  • Gender bias in sports media industries
  • Sports media representation of female non-athletes
  • Sports media, gender and race
  • The impact of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements in Sports media
  • Inclusive and exclusive framing of trans athletes

It is hoped that the symposium will lead to a special edition of Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics.

To submit a proposal/abstract please send a title, a 200 word abstract, five key words associated with your work, the author(s) names, affiliation, and type of presentation. Please send abstracts in a Word document (.DOC or .DOCX) as an email attachment and add “Abstract: Sports media & femininity symposium 2018″ to the email subject header.

Send submissions and queries to

Key dates:

  • 22th June 2018: Deadline for the submission of paper abstracts
  • 6th July 2018: Notification of acceptance

Registration (Lunch and refreshment provided)

BSA Member: £5.00; Non-Member: £10.00

While this event is aimed primarily at Early Career academics and researchers, we welcome people at all stages of their academic careers. A limited number of bursaries of up to £50 are available to cover travel expenses for presenters.