International Football History Conference: Call for papers

Organisers have issued a call for papers to be presented at the inaugural International Football History conference. There will be an opportunity to present on any topic relating to the history of football. The conference organisers are particularly keen to include papers focusing on football’s origins, regional histories, gender, race and issues within football (including football of all codes).

200 word abstracts are welcomed from researchers from any discipline, so long as they adhere to the themes of the conference. Conference organiser Dr Gary James believes this will prove to be an interesting conference: “Football history reflects societal change, the experiences of communities and the development of identities and within this conference we are keen to ensure those histories are reflected with strong research and content. Already we have some interesting submissions on football and race, gender and regional development of the game, but we’re keen to include more.”

A special edition of the journal Soccer and Society will be produced with selected articles presented at the conference, and Routledge Books have donated £200 of books towards the best paper prize.

Over two days, International Football History will consist of presentations focusing on the latest research into football’s origins, regional histories, gender, race and issues within football.

There will also be the opportunity to present a summary of research in a Pecha Kucha style (20 slides with maximum of 20 seconds per slide). Potential speakers who would like to present in this format please state clearly that this will be a Pecha Kucha style presentation in your 200 word proposal.

Proposals for twenty-minute papers should be sent to Dr. Gary James via email ( by 15 December 2016.