The Ph.D. Program in History

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12-15 Hofstra University- Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity & Politics

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An International Conference

Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity & Politics

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

April 10, 11, 12, 2014

In collaboration with

  • New York Cosmos
  • United States Soccer Federation
  • Soccer & Society (Routledge)
  • Coccia Foundation
  • Blau Weiss Gottschee Soccer Club
  • Hofstra University Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams
  • National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®
  • Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society
  • George Mason University
  • Consulates General of Brazil and South Africa in New York
  • Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
  • Long Island Junior Soccer League
  • Sports Endeavors
  • Il Gattopardo and The Leopard at des Artistes Restaurants
  • Let Fury Have the Hour

In anticipation of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Hofstra University is proud to host an international conference that explores the historical, political, economic and humanitarian impact of soccer. Over the past 20 years, the study of sport has become a well-developed subfield of many disciplines. Soccer’s meteoric rise in popularity during the 20th century continues to fascinate scholars around the world. We invite researchers to present papers on any theme relevant to understanding soccer in society.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. David Goldblatt
Bristol University, UK, and
Pitzer College
Author of The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Football

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • History of the Game
  • The World Cup
  • Personalities
  • Television and Revenue
  • FIFA and Governance
  • Women and Soccer
  • Scandal, Corruption and Match-Fixing
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Visual and Literary Representations of the Game
  • Soccer and Politics
  • Science and Technology
  • Youth Soccer and Hooliganism
  • Fan Clubs and Identity
  • Journalists, Commentators and the Media
  • Semiotics of Soccer
  • Soccer and Religion
  • Science and Technology
  • Youth Soccer and Academies
  • Racism, Violence and Hooliganism
  • Fan Clubs and Identity
  • Journalists, Commentators and the Media
  • Semiotics of Soccer
  • Soccer and Religion
  • New York Cosmos


A one-page abstract and curriculum vitae are requested by December 15, 2013; deadline for submission of completed papers is March 1, 2014. Presentation time is limited to 15 minutes (12-14 typed, double-spaced pages, excluding notes). Previously published material should not be submitted. Selected papers will be published.