Call for Abstracts: The 10th Annual Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference

“Redefining the Body in Physical Culture”

Friday,  April 28th, 2017


Call for Abstracts

The Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Association – located within the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park – will host their 10th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Friday, April 28th, 2017 at the School of Public Health Building. This one-day conference will consist of a series of student presentations as well as an expert panel to discuss the implications of the renovations of Cole Field House at the University of Maryland.

This year the conference is lucky enough to have two keynote presentations: an alumni keynote presentation by Dr. Michael Friedman, Physical Cultural Studies (PCS) alumnus and current Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at UMD and a very special PCS address by Dr. Lucia Trimbur, Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the City University of New York graduate center.

This year, the conference will be organized around the theme, “Redefining the Body in Physical Culture.” In the ten years since the conference’s inception at the University of Maryland, the project of Physical Cultural Studies has expanded its scope of research beyond the physical corpus. Increasingly, researchers have shifted their focus to the spaces/places that bodies inhabit, the impact of technologies on health and body, the effects of non-human agents in physical culture, as well as other topics that extend agency to non-humans. This work, as well as calls from within PCS to move beyond anthropocentrism, have led to questions of what the “physical” is in the critical study of physical culture.

We welcome presentations that critically analyze the body as well as engage in the relationships between the body and various socio-cultural, environmental and institutional contexts.  We particularly invite presentations oriented around, but not limited to: new materialisms; explorations of space/place and their relation to physical culture; the materiality of the body; feminist, critical race, queer theories; and other critical frameworks. The conference aims to promote an inter- and trans-disciplinary dialogue, and as such is a space for work developing within or across multiple academic disciplines.  We welcome all submissions from a multitude of disciplines on a multitude of related topics, but encourage submissions interrogating physical cultural practices.

The submission deadline is February 28th, 2017.

Please e-mail abstracts (300 word limit) to

Within your email, include as an attachment (in .doc or .pdf format) the following: Paper Title, Abstract, Keywords,  Author(s) contact information, and institutional affiliation(s).

Call for Abstracts: The 10th Annual Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference

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