Brad Partridge comments on MJA Insight on my PEHM article on Sport’s guinea pigs

Many thanks to Brad Partridge, NHMRC Research Fellow in Public Health based at the University of Queensland, UQ Centre for Clinical Research, for his nice comments to my article with Mike McNamee on guinea pigs in elite sport. You can read below an excerpt of the comment.

[...] In an article published in Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, British bioethicist Silvia Camporesi and philosopher Michael McNamee argue that many athletes are essentially vulnerable research subjects and the growing translation of innovations directly into athletic environments for performance enhancement amounts to unregulated clinical research. [...] Camporesi and McNamee suggest the need for a framework to establish claims about performance enhancement and risks to health. Perhaps greater transparency and visibility will encourage more compliance with the WADA Code and reduce the incentive to treat athletes as guinea pigs. This system could also serve to justify the inclusion of substances and methods on the WADA Prohibited List.”

If interested in reading more, see here on MJA Insight.

Call for Chapters: Defining Sport

  • Working Title: “Defining Sport: Contemporary Explorations”
  • Publisher: Proposal will be submitted to Lexington Books
  • Editor: Shawn E. Klein, PhD; sklein@rockford.edu

The focus of the book is to bring new scholarly attention to the issues and questions involved in defining and explaining the nature of sport. There are several classic works that treat these issues, but with the growth of the philosophy of sport a renewed focus on how to define and conceptualize sport is needed.

Chapter ideas:

  • Analyses of common approaches to defining sport (or related concepts such as competition or athlete) in the philosophy of sport literature. (E.g. Bernard Suits, essentialism, formalism, interpretivism, and externalism.)
  • New approaches to defining sport (and related concepts).
  • Examination of borderline cases  (e.g. Motor Sports; Animal Sports, cyber-sports, fantasy sports)
  • Analysis of problematic cases ( e.g violent/blood sports)
  • Discussions of methodological differences between philosophy and other disciplines in terms of defining sport and related concepts.

If you are interested in contributing a book chapter to this volume, please send a tentative title, a brief abstract for review (500 words) and C.V or short bio, to the book editor: Shawn E. Klein: sklein@rockford.edu

  • Abstract deadline: July 11, 2014
  • Notification of abstract acceptance by July 25, 2014
  • Chapter Manuscript Deadline: December 12, 2014
  • Length: 6000-10,000 words (inclusive of references and notes).
  • Manuscripts should conform to Chicago style.

PDF: Call for Papers Defining Sport

CFP: Sporting Females: past, present and future, Leeds Met Sept 4, 2014

Leeds Metropolitan University’s Research Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is pleased to announce a forthcoming conference to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Jennifer Hargreaves’ book, “Sporting Females: Critical Issues in the History and Sociology of Women’s Sport”.
In recognition of this seminal work, scholars engaged in historical, sociological, philosophical and practitioner research about sporting females and/or gender relations and sport are invited to attend this day of celebration and stimulating discussion. We seek proposals for presentations from those committed to the analysis of female and/or gendered experiences of sport past and / or present, as well as those offering critical insights into gendered sporting cultures in the future.

Proposals should be submitted in one of the following formats:
Individual abstract (c.250 words for 20 minutes presentation) OR Collective themed panel (x 3 abstracts c.250 words each for 20 minutes presentation + brief rationale identifying how the panel coheres. Documentation must be collated and submitted by a ‘lead’ panellist). Please submit your completed abstract / panel proposal as a Word document (including your name, presentation title and affiliation) by email to: Sam Armitage (Conference Administrator) at S.ArmitageATleedsmet.ac.uk, no later than 12 noon, Monday 31 March 2014.

For more information see the call for papers. If you have any queries contact Dr Carol Osborne at C.OsborneATleedsmet.ac.uk