Deadline: 17.01.2022

Why Does Sociology Matter? The Role of Sport Sociology in Interdisciplinary Research

Call for Abstracts for an International Congress in Tübingen on June 7–10, 2022. Deadline: January 17, 2022

Sociology has a quite peculiar relationship to the society it deals with: It is hardly noticed.

Sociology seems to have a reputation problem, not only in public and political contexts, but also in scientific research networks.
In political contexts, sociological consultation is rather the exception than the rule. Similarly, in interdisciplinary research projects, sociological expertise is often missing.

But why? Does sociology really have only limited value for collaborations with policy actors, industry, or other scientific disciplines?

We do not think so. A main function of sociology is to deliver complex descriptions of reality and reveal contradictions and inconsistencies in common sense and everyday constructions.

In this sense, the value of sport sociology in interdisciplinary research contexts is twofold: On one hand, sport sociology can shed light on certain aspects that would have been overlooked by other disciplines, such as the impact of life world structures on individual behaviour. On the other hand, the sociology of sport offers alternative perspectives on the consequences of research in other disciplines. In this regard, a sociological lens has the potential to uncover unintended consequences of technological and scientific innovation for the individual and/or society in the long run.

Over the last years, important sport sociological work has been noticed in other disciplines such as sports medicine or physical education, and has subsequently changed the ways how researchers in these fields approach their research problems. However, in many interdisciplinary research projects on specific phenomena in sport and physical activity, the added value of sociological reflections is still not fully recognized, and, as a consequence, sport sociology is often not part of larger interdisciplinary research efforts.

With the international sociology of sport congress in 2022, we want to focus on the potential contributions of sport sociology to interdisciplinary research.
The international sociology of sport congress in 2022 is conceptualized as a joint conference of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) and the European Association for Sociology of Sport (eass).

Authors are required to submit their abstract online (except for small panel and roundtable sessions, which should be submitted via email: conference2022(at) The submission deadline is 17 January  2022.

Abstracts should not exceed the respective word count (see word count limits for different session formats).

Authors should submit their abstracts in English. Please note that no interpretation services will be offered during the congress.

ISSA and eass policy limits the number of papers an individual author can present: each participant can present one paper as the lead author. His or her name can appear on up to two additional papers as second or additional author, but not as the presenter. We encourage early career researchers to submit their own papers.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the members of the congress scientific committee.

Presenting authors need to register for and attend the congress.

We encourage all presenters to prepare a Power Point presentation in order to facilitate comprehension since the ISSA/eass Congress attracts an international audience.

Abstract submission is free of charge.

Registration fees must be paid by 15 March 2022 at the latest to secure the presentation during the congress and the publication of your name and abstract in the Book of Abstracts.

All authors agree that their abstracts will be published in an abstract booklet and online.

Session and presentation formats

Session formats include traditional oral presentations, paper sessions, small panel sessions, roundtable sessions, and poster sessions. For each format, please see specifications below.

Depending on the number of presenters, we aim to operate on a 20/10 schedule (20min presentation, 10min discussion) to stimulate a meaningful discussion of papers. If there are too many abstract submissions, we will operate on a 15/5 schedule. The total length of the oral presentation sessions will be 90mins.
We encourage early career researchers to submit their own papers.

We particularly welcome symposia that include diverse groups of speakers (e.g. career stage, gender, academic/non-academic, geographical spread). Potential convenors may wish to circulate calls for interest around their chosen topic via networks, special interest groups, social media etc. to aid in this process.

Traditional Oral presentations
Apart from empirical oriented presentations, we encourage the submission of conceptual and theoretical work. Authors are asked to indicate the focus of their submitted paper in the abstract submission system (beside the thematic session that fits to their research). The requirements for the respective abstracts are as follows:

  • Empirical papers: Objectives, Methods, Findings, Discussion, Conclusion
  • Conceptual papers: Description of the phenomenon to be studied, Aims/Objectives, Justifications, Implications
  • Theoretical papers: Description of phenomenon, Aims/Objectives, Justifications, Implications
  • The word count for abstracts is 250 words
  • Submission via submission portal on the homepage

Poster 2.0
Posters should follow the new format, termed as “Poster 2.0”. Everything that you need to know about the Poster 2.0 format can be found within this online video, note – we are not insisting on the use of prescribed colour coding for different study types.
Poster abstracts (max. 250 words) should address the following points: Objectives, Methods, Findings, Discussion, Conclusion.
For the poster presentation, please use portrait style (A0 size).

  • Submission via submission portal on the homepage

Note: We will be awarding a prize for the best poster. Please, indicate on the abstract submission form whether you would like your poster to be entered into this competition.

Small Panel Session
These sessions focus on a specific theme to be addressed by a panel of discussants. Submitting authors should introduce the session theme; explaining what it is, why it’s important and what will be gained from the panel discussion. Further question to be addressed include: What key questions will be addressed? Who are the other panel members and what do they bring to the discussion?

Roundtable Session
These sessions can include less developed, preliminary or exploratory research. These sessions can include 4-5 presenters for 5 minutes introductions of research, followed by discussion among those presenting and conference attendees who join the roundtable. Submitting authors should introduce the topic for the roundtable session and also address the questions why this research is important and why now?

  • Abstracts (max. 750 words) ) are to be submitted by one corresponding author via email: conference2022(at)
  • Abstracts should include information on all presenters and their respective research plans (that are presented within the session).
  • The roundtable session format should also be used by ISSA- and eass-related networks such as MEASURE, POLIS and SORN.

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