CFP: “Football and Communitie​s of Resistance​”, MMU 3rd Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 12th June 2014


The 3rd Annual MMU Football Conference
“Football and Communities of Resistance”
The 3rd annual Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities (CSFC) conference “Football and Communities of Resistance” will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University on Thursday 12th June 2014. There will be an associated event ‘Out of Play’ hosted by the National Football Museum on Friday 13th June 2014.
Call for Papers
Football continues to be a site of protest with fan campaigns aimed at the commercialization and the governance of the game a regular feature of league and cup competitions at national and international levels. As a result, football has become a site for communities of resistance to emerge in opposition to dominant forces within the game’s institutions and the general political institutions that govern society as a whole. In this World Cup year, CSFC invites paper and PechaKucha proposals from academics and practitioners addressing the key conference theme including, but not limited to, papers that intersect and/or interconnect with the following:
•             Fan cultures and identities
•             Football communities
•             Against Modern Football campaigns
•             World Cup and mega events
•             Football, civil unrest and disorder
•             Football clubs as sites of resistance
•             Technology and football
To open the conference, the keynote speech will address the issues of resistance and contestation in football today.
The morning panel sessions will consist of a mix of academic/research papers and presentations from football industry practitioners. If you are a practitioner and interested in participating in any of the sessions, we request a 15 minute presentation of your work, or an issue you are dealing with, related to the session theme.
The afternoon is dedicated to PechaKucha interactions – short 20×20 sessions: 20 images/slides, 20 seconds per slide!! This session is intended to be informal and interactive to generate both heat and light through broad ranging dialogue and discussion. We would ask therefore that with your initial expression of interest you provide a brief abstract/preview of what you intend to cover in your talk. If you need more information on PechaKucha, you can find it here:
There will be a head to head debate on football and communities of resistance to close the conference.
If you would like to organise a panel discussion or present a paper on an alternative theme, or if you have any other questions regarding the conference, please email
Key Dates:
Please send paper abstracts (250 words max) and PechaKucha titles (100 word max) by 5pm 28th March 2014 to
We aim to provide notification of acceptance by the 11th April 2014.
National Football Museum events
12th June Evening programme
The night of the 12th June sees the opening game of the FIFA World Cup – Brazil Vs Croatia (kick-off 9pm). The match will be shown in The National Football Museum for conference delegates. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.
‘Out of Play’ 13th June 2014 (National Football Museum)
On the 13th June, our partner the National Football Museum will host an ‘Out of Play’ event at which artists will be creating space for dialogue, debate and critical reflection on their relationship with football.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: