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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CASCAIUAES2017 panel: Moving Bodies: Sport, Gender, and Embodiment

Panel Conveners: Katja Pettinen (Mount Royal University) and Mary-Lee
Mulholland (Mount Royal University)

Panel Title: Moving Bodies: Sport, Gender, and Embodiment

Panel Long Abstract:
While sport cannot be defined in a cross-culturally meaningful ways, it
constitutes a significant social domain in a range of complex societies.
As a common social domain, sport brings and motivates bodies into motion
while also imposing restrictions upon the particular ways one can move in a
given sporting context. In an international sporting arena, institutions
such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International
Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have formed and attempt to
maintain a complex set of rules in order to craft very particular forms of
bodily movement, thus bringing into existence new particular ways of
utilizing one's body in time and space. As part of this creation, a set of
rules strictly forbids what bodies can do in given sporting context -
football is not handball - as well as who can participate in given sporting
domains, such as female athletics, for example.

In this session, we invite scholars to investigate this meeting of
creation, affect, skill, and restriction in movement practices in relation
to the at times elusive and culturally variable domain of sport. As part
of this, we are interested in examining some of the distinctions between
how male and female bodies are encouraged, discouraged, or at times even
forbidden from moving and how this interplay touches both on materiality
and meaning.

Please send a title and 250 word abstract to Katja Pettinen ( or Mary-Lee Mulholland ( by
December 15th.

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