Call for Papers 

Sport, Sex, and Difference: The Struggle for Trans Athletes’ Justice in the 21st Century

The last decade has seen significant positive changes in global attitudes, policies and practices that impact the lives of trans people. Meanwhile, the world of sport has been notoriously slow to follow these social justice initiatives. Recent campaigns on the part of trans athletes and allies, as well as ongoing efforts to address racism, misogyny, and homophobia in sport, have often met with formidable opposition. In only the first three months of 2021, the United States has seen twenty five states have introduced bills that would ban trans girls from playing competitive sport (ACLU, 2021).

In light of this sociopolitical context, we are pleased to announce a new book in Emerald Publishing’s Sport and Gender Series with the working title Sport, Sex, and Difference: The Struggle for Trans Athletes’ Justice in the 21st century. Sport and Gender Series Editor, Helen Lenskyj (she/her), will co-edit the book with Ali Greey (they/them), University of Toronto.

Contributors to this book will document and analyse developments in all levels of sport, from recreational to high performance, using an approach that takes into account trans athletes’ multiple axes of identity and geopolitical locations. We invite scholars at all stages in their careers to send a 200-300 word abstract outlining their proposed chapter by June 7th, 2021. Final chapters will be roughly 5,000 words in length. We particularly welcome submissions from Black, Indigenous, trans, and 2-Spirit authors.

  • Proposals may include but are not limited to the following topics:
    Explorations of discrimination at systemic, epistemic, and structural, levels
    Analyses of the uses and abuses of science and sports medicine, as evident in sports governing bodies’ policies and practices
    Developments in theory and method that establish new ways of studying and conceptualizing trans justice in sport
    Critiques of existing theory/method, for example, offering alternatives to the prevalent “fairness” discourse currently governing trans-involvement in competitive sport
    Investigating political ideologies underlying debates regarding trans athletes’ participation and eligibility
    Empirical and theoretical engagement with current political events and rhetoric
    Chapters that extend beyond the North American and European scope to take up global developments in trans athlete justice.
    Case studies of trans athletes (including first-person accounts)
    Please send inquiries and abstracts to Katy Mathers, Commissioning Editor, Emerald Publishing