Special Issue "Religion and Sports in North America"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Annie Blazer

College of William and Mary, Sadler Center, 200 Stadium Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA
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Interests: North American religions; religion and sports; anthropology of religion; gender and sexuality; critical race theory; lived religion

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past decade, the field of religion and sport has expanded, and new scholarship has emerged to engage the wide variety of intersections of religions and sports. The focus of this Special Issue will be to highlight new and emerging contributions to the field and to pull together the threads and avenues of new scholarship into one collection. While the scope is limited to North America, we encourage submissions that consider North American sports and religions in a global perspective. This issue will provide a collection of new scholarship and illuminate further directions for the study of religion and sport.

Previous scholarship in the field of religion and sport focused on the question: Can sport be considered a religion? Scholarship in this vein examined different definitions of religion and applied these to aspects of sport like fandom (Bain-Selbo, 2009), arena spectacle (Higgs, 1995), and temporal cycles (Price, 2001). While this scholarship revealed interesting similarities between some aspects of sport and some definitions of religion, other scholars investigating religion and sport in North America have focused on the religious lives of athletes and coaches (Blazer, 2015), religious institutions’ use of sport (Putney, 2001), and sporting institutions’ treatment of religious minorities (Albert, 2011). Some edited volumes have pursued a global scope for these investigations (Magdalinski and Chandler, 2002; Benn, Pfister and Jawad, 2010). This vein of scholarship tends to include critical analyses of consumerism, politics, and social and cultural dynamics. Works in this direction have pushed the field of religion and sports to examine religions’ and sports’ complicity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and economic oppressions. This Special Issue will showcase critical analyses in order to illuminate the multiple ways that the relationship between religion and sport is tied to disciplinary and resistant power dynamics.

Essays on any aspect of the relationship between religions and sports in North American are welcome. We hope to include a range of methodologies and theoretical approaches. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your scholarship alongside other critical sports scholars.

Prof. Annie Blazer
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • sports
  • athletics
  • North America
  • athletes
  • coaches
  • fans
  • religious experience
  • play

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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