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5th Annual Sport & Discrimination Conference

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The fifth annual Sport and Discrimination Conference examines the intersectional nature of discrimination in sport. This one-day event at the University of Sunderland’s London Campus invites presentations by academics, postgraduates, students, practitioners, and policy makers from a variety of backgrounds and specialisms.

Discrimination is a complex issue and this conference attempts to showcase how intersectionality can be used as a conceptual framework to explore and understand human experiences within sport. For Lind (2010: 3), intersectionality is “a multi-faceted perspective acknowledging the richness of the multiple socially-constructed identities that combine each of us as a unique individual.” Our identity markers therefore culminate to help shape our journey’s, experiences, and successes/failures within sport, and society. Anderson and Hill Collins (2010: 5) add, “At any moment, race, class, or gender may feel more salient or meaningful in a given person's life, but they are overlapping and cumulative in their effect on people's experience.” This conference thus intends to investigate how our identity markers including ‘race’, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, among others, operate within sport.   

Discrimination cuts across traditional academic subjects and the ethos behind this conference is therefore to bring together experts from different subject areas to exchange ideas and explore what we can learn from one another.  We welcome presentations about all forms of discrimination across any sporting context.  As in previous years of Sport and Discrimination events, submissions may approach the conference from a variety of perspectives, including:

• empirical findings about the nature and extent of discrimination in sport;

• research articulating the experiences of those who have suffered discrimination in sport;

• attempts to understand the intersectional nature of discrimination within sport;

• contributions adding to the theoretical understanding of sport and discrimination;

• policy recommendations and further suggestions for tackling and reducing discrimination in sport.

This year, however, the conference will have a focus on issues relating to media and new media including:

• issues of fairness and bias in the sports media;

• sports media representations and stereotypes;

• the impacts of new and social media on discrimination on sport;

• issues relating to diversity in the sports media;

• how new media platforms can be innovatively used to gather empirical data in the field.

The conference attendance fee is £80 for academics / practitioners and £30 for postgraduates and undergraduates.


Keynote Speaker:

Professor Jacco van Sterkenburg, Erasmus University Rotterdam


Organising Committee:


Dr Daniel Kilvington

Senior Lecturer and Course Director in Media and Cultural Studies

Leeds Beckett University, UK

Email: d.j.kilvington@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 

Twitter: @dan_kilvington


Dr John Price

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Sports Journalism

University of Sunderland, UK

Email: John.price@sunderland.ac.uk 


Accommodation information:

Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel, London

5 Fairmont Avenue, Canary Wharf, London, E14 9JB

1 night £206 (for up to 2 people) – 4 stars

(a comfortable walking distance to our Campus)


Novotel London Canary Wharf 

40 Marsh Wall, Tower Hamlets, London, E14 9TP, 

£199 per night

(very near the Campus – walking distance)


DoubleTree by Hilton London – Docklands Riverside 

265a Rotherhithe Street, Southwark, London, SE16 5HW

£172 per night

(The hotel is only 15-minutes from Canary Wharf Underground Station, so it is a nice walking distance to our Campus)


Holiday Inn Express London Greenwich, an IHG Hotel,

 Bugsbys Way, Greenwich, London, SE10 0GD

£201 per night

(5 stops via DLR)


Britannia International Hotel Canary Wharf

163 Marsh Wall, Docklands, Tower Hamlets, London, E14 9SJ


(This is the nearest hotel to our Campus, and also the cheapest one)