Call for papers: 3rd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity

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March 2022

Call for papers: 3rd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity

  • Congress venue: Ridley Hall, Cambridge, UK
  • Congress dates: 18 to 21 August 2022
  • Booking: 3GCSC tickets (deadline to book 31st July 2022)
  • Call for papers deadline: Tuesday, 31st May 2022
  • Submission via: email (see below)

The 3rd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity (3GCSC) invites submissions on sport and Christianity, in all of its forms, from scholars across a range of related disciplines (i.e., theology, religious studies, kinesiology, psychology, history, philosophy, ancient and modern languages, literature, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, economics, and business) and from practitioners in fields such as: sports ministry and mission, sports chaplaincy, counselling, social work, and pedagogy/coaching.

Congress theme

The over-arching theme of the Congress is ‘servant leadership’ and, more specifically, the exploration of ways in which practitioners and academics might best serve the requirements of the field of sports ministry and chaplaincy theologically, conceptually, practically and spiritually. A central aspiration of the gathering will be to promote the application of these ideas in line with the historical aims of the Congress and to consider how an intentional servant leadership approach might facilitate further synergies, connections and partnerships across the sector via the (co)creation of collaborative dialogue. While we do not expect abstract submissions to address this theme specifically, we will be encouraging all of our delegates to consider these issues as they reflect on the content of presentations.

Proposal abstracts

Abstracts should be no more than 150 words in length (over-length abstracts and/or those containing additional or accompanying/attached materials will not be considered). Abstracts should include: presenter name(s), title, institution/organisation and affiliation, e-mail address, and contact telephone number. Reference to seminal published work on the proposed topic is encouraged. Abstracts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Due to the location and size of this year’s event, a limited number of presentation slots will be available and any attendee will only be allowed to present once (this includes joint presentations). Presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts in one of two categories:

  1. Abstracts for individual papers (20-minute presentation time, which the programme committee will then group into appropriate parallel sessions);
  2. Abstracts for complete parallel sessions (typically composed of 3 or 4 presenters at 20 minutes each and 10 minutes for discussion of each paper).

Submitting a proposal

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Tuesday, 31st May 2022.

Please submit all proposals to Andrew Parker by email:

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Confirmation of acceptance or rejection will be sent by 3rd June 2022. Submissions will be evaluated according to their originality (i.e., presentations should not constitute materials that have been presented at previous iterations of the Congress), contribution to the field, and fit within the scope and remit of the overall programme.

Important: Submission of an abstract indicates the author’s and/or co-authors’ intention to register for the Congress at the appropriate registration fee and to be available to present on any of the days on which the event is taking place.