University of Nevada, Reno



The UNR Center for Basque Studies is organizing an international conference with the title “Play, Games and Sports: Bodies of Practice, Communities of Desire” between 19-21 April, 2012. This conference is held to reflect on play, games and sports as dislocating, subversive realms of social and subjective relevance. The Center for Basque Studies invites various international scholars to address sports and games from a social scientific perspective, including anthropology, sociology, psychology, cultural and gender studies, and motor praxeology. Themes include: 1. The ludic universe: theories of the play sphere, formal analysis and classification of play and games, motor praxeology. 2. Bodies of practice: sport, gender, nation. 3. Out of play: inequality and hegemony in sports. 4. Global play, local desire: subjectivization, transgression and the “glocal” playing fields. 5. Play as performance: ritual, carnival, festival, spectacle.

The Conference will be held with the participation of the following sports scholars:

Gary Armstrong
David Brent
Luc Collard
Richard Davies
Bertrand During
Joseba Etxebeste
Richard Giulianotti
Olatz Gonzalez
Jennifer Hargreaves
Pere Lavega
Jeremy MacClancy
Michael Messner
Pierre Parlebas
Clara Urdangarin
Mariann Vaczi
Patricia Vertinsky

Translator: Soraya Dodoo

Past Conferences:



The Protection of Cultural Diversity: Language Rights and Legal Pluralism



War, Exile, Justice and Everyday Life, 1936-1946




International Conference on Knowledge Communities



Writers in Between Languages: Minority Literatures in the Global Scene



Political Conflict Management and Civil Society: The Basque Case



Opportunity Structures in Diaspora Relations: Comparisons in Contemporary Multilevel Politics od Diaspora and Transnational Identity



Learning from the Bilbao Guggenheim



International Symposium on Basque Orally Improvised Poetry



Nationalism, Globalization, and Terror: A Debate on Stateless Nations, Particularism/Universalism,

and Radical Democracy



Politics after 9/11



Basques in the Contemporary World: Migration, Identity and Globalization




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