Call for Papers


Women’s Hockey:
Gender Issues On and Off the Ice

Centre for the Study of Sport and Community Health
Gorsebrook Research Institute
Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

March 26-28, 2004

This conference will bring together hockey coaches, administrators, players, academics, journalists and others interested in women’s hockey and gender issues related to the game. The three day event will be held March 26-28, 2004 and will coincide with the opening of the 2004 Women’s World Hockey Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We intend to hold on-ice coaching clinics in conjunction with the conference which will draw upon the expertise of representatives from the National Hockey League and from those associated with women’s hockey in the international arena.

Papers dealing in general with the development of women’s hockey; with women’s hockey and the media; gender issues relating to minor hockey, recreational play and ringette; women’s hockey at the collegiate level; training, equipment, and health and safety issues; empowerment and leadership issues; concerns about hockey violence and social violence; the globalization and professionalization of the game; and the potential for women’s hockey to influence the reform of the existing hockey system are particularly welcome. Comparative studies of hockey and the construction of femininity and masculinity in historical and contemporary perspective are also of interest. The objective of this interdisciplinary conference is to produce a collection of papers that will appeal both to an academic and more general readership, and stimulate discussion of the major concerns surrounding women’s hockey in its local, national and international dimensions. Building upon the successful format of the Putting It On Ice conference held in Halifax in October 2001, Women’s Hockey: Gender Issues On and Off the Ice will encourage dialogue between those involved in researching the game and those who participate and support women’s hockey as it continues to grow.

Those interested in participating should send a title and one-page abstract by September 15, 2003:

Dr. Colin Howell, Co-Director
Centre for the Study of Sport and Community Health
Gorsebrook Research Institute, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3
Email: [email protected] / Fax: 902 496-8135