Communication and Sport


Sixth Summit on Communication and Sport, Austin, TX, 22-24 Feb 2013; Deadline 26 Oct

Call for Papers and Panels

The Sixth Summit on Communication and Sport
Friday, February 22 – Sunday, February 24, 2013 in Austin, TX

The International Association for Communication and Sport is pleased to partner with the Texas Program in Sports and Media and the College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin to present the Sixth Summit on Communication and Sport. Since its debut in 2002, the Summit has become the leading venue for communication researchers from varied theoretical and methodological approaches to identify, understand, and critique the communicative significance of sport.

We invite you to consider presenting at the 2013 conference to be held in the new Belo Center for New Media on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. To ensure that we offer a balance of topics, we ask that you consider responding to this call for papers and panels.

Submission deadline is October 26, 2012, central time. Any submission must have a submission date stamp no later than 11:59 pm October 26, 2012 (US central standard time; UTC-06:00). Late submissions will not be considered. All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by the Summit’s planning committee. Presenters will be notified of presentation acceptance via email by December 3, 2012.

Inquiries regarding submissions can be sent to Christopher Hart at More information on the Summit will be available at


Scholars who are interested in presenting research that explores communication and sport must submit full-length manuscripts or extended abstracts for consideration. The Summit’s planning committee will give preference to scheduling research presentations to scholars who submit full-length manuscripts.

Options for submission:

  • Full-length manuscript (5,000-7,500 words, APA style)
  • Extended abstract (500-1,000 words)

To submit either, download and complete the submission form (available at the above URL). Submit it with either your manuscript or abstract. No information identifying the author or university affiliation may appear in the submitted manuscript or abstract. Any submissions that fail to conform to this requirement will not be considered.

Up to two submissions from the same individual noted as lead author will be considered. Submissions that explore theoretical and/or critical issues related to the study of communication and sport are invited and all methodologies are welcome.


For the first time, the Summit welcomes proposals for panel discussions on topical subjects of interest to the communication and sport community. Though programming space is limited, the summit planning committee welcomes the opportunity to expand the depth and breadth of offerings at the conference.

To submit a panel proposal, download and complete the submission form (this will be available at Submit the submission form and CVs of the proposed panelists.

Call for Papers and Panels

The Sixth Summit on Communication and Sport
Friday, February 22 – Sunday, February 24, 2013 in Austin, TX

About the International Association of Communication and Sport

In 2002, eight scholars working in the area of communication and sport attended the initial Communication and Sport Summit at Arizona State University’s west campus. The purpose of this meeting was to showcase research in the area and to strategize about promoting the study of sport within the broader discipline of communication studies. To that end, the one day workshop was divided into two sessions. The morning session involved research presentations and the afternoon session working discussions about the future of communication and sport.

Subsequent scholarly gatherings occurred in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 with attendance at the most recent of these gatherings approaching 100. In April of this year, the organizing body that sponsored the Summit on Communication and Sport was reconstituted as IACS, a formally chartered not-for-profit corporation. For more information on IACS, please see

About the Texas Program in Sports and Media

The Texas Program in Sports and Media is part of UT-Austin’s College of Communication, the largest and most comprehensive entity in the field and one of the highest ranked as well.

In an age requiring information literacy and polished interaction skills, the College has nationally ranked programs in the programs that TPSM touches (Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, Journalism, and Radio-TV-Film) while also providing communication, critical thinking, and writing skills to other disciplines across campus. TPSM collaborates within and across the disciplinary boundaries of the College to support curriculum, research and programming on issues of sport and society as they may be reflected in any given instance.

The College’s graduates have spanned the globe and include U.S. ambassadors, corporate CEOs, media entrepreneurs, state and federal legislators, nineteen Pulitzer Prize winners, researchers, filmmakers, actors, and one First Lady of the United States.

For more information on TPSM, please see

About Austin, TX

Austin welcomes visitors with a wealth of entertainment options and unique attractions. Our hundreds of music venues have earned Austin the title of "live music capital of the world," and the abundant sunshine and beautiful natural surroundings entice nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. As the state capital, Austin has a rich cultural heritage, and history buffs won’t want to miss the State Capitol building, the Bob Bullock State History Museum, and the vast Lyndon Baines Johnson Library.

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