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June 24-27, 2015
Johnson City, Tennessee
Abstract Deadline: May 15, 2015

The 32nd Annual Conference of the Sport Literature Association will be held Wednesday, June 24 through Saturday, June 27, 2015, at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. The Program Committee of the Sport Literature Association invites proposals for individual papers and/or complete sessions related to the literature of sport.

Scholarly and critical submissions for the conference should follow general guidelines set forth in the association's publication, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, which "celebrate[s] the intersection of literature with the world of play, games, and sport." Submissions "should address treatments of sport in texts or textual media (print, film, performance, digital or other media)." We invite essays on sport literature (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, or film) or on the rhetoric of sport. Cultural-studies approaches to sport texts are welcome. We also encourage sessions focused on presenters' original fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The association welcomes papers from younger scholars and graduate students. Small travel stipends may be available for the latter.

Those interested in presenting should send abstracts of individual papers or original work or proposals for complete sessions by May 15, 2015, to the program chair at the following address:

Kyle Belanger
Humanities, Communications/Sports Journalism
Springfield College, Weiser Hall
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109-3797

Submissions (preferably electronic) must include presenter's name, phone number, postal and email addresses, paper title, and a 250-word abstract. (Abstracts are mandatory since they create post-conference proceedings.) Indicate the type of presentation as critical study, fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry. Please indicate any requests for technology (Power Point, Video/Audio Clips, etc.). Individual proposals may, but are not required to, include suggestions for possible panel placement.

The Sport Literature Association is accepting submissions for the Lyle Olsen Graduate Student Essay contest. Winners will receive a small stipend, a year's membership in the association, some financial aid to attend the June conference, and publication in Aethlon. Please share this information with other lists, students, and colleagues. Entries should be sent to Craig Riordan at by April 15.

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