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Call for Commentators/Chair: IAPS Group Meeting at Central Division APA

Interested in being a commentator for the IAPS group meeting at the Central Division APA? The session is focused on Aaron Harper’s paper: “‘You’re the Best Around’: Reconsidering Athletic Excellence in Seasons and Playoffs.”

The following is an excerpt from Aaron’s abstract:

“My primary argument proceeds in two parts. First, I contend that regular season championships depend on questionable assumptions about their relative success. For example, a season-long system implicitly preferences team depth and consistency. Moreover, the season is of arbitrary length and format, and we routinely identify excellence in part of one season or over the course of many. No single-season format exhausts athletic excellence. Second, I elucidate some excellences captured best by playoff systems. Most importantly, the playoff focus allows a team to develop, to integrate new players, and to peak at the right time, all of which are widely valued in sport. Also, playoffs allow teams to position their best players for success (e.g. lineup matchups, pitching rotations). In playoff series, the teams develop familiarity, prompting strategic responses to a specific opponent. In summary, I argue that seasons and playoffs each highlight distinct excellences characteristic of a sport. I then consider an alternative; a hybrid system employs a playoff tournament with added weight given to regular season success, through benefits like byes or home field advantage.”

If you are interested in commenting on this paper or acting as the session chair, please contact me at sklein@rockford.edu no later than September 26, 2015. Please include a brief bio (your institution affiliation, position, recent relevant work, etc.) or a CV.

The group meeting takes place as part of the Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association which will be held February 18-21, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. Please note commentators and chair must be members of both IAPS and APA.

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The Sports Ethicist Show: Sports Studies Symposium 2014

A new episode of The Sports Ethicist Show is available!

The 3rd annual Sports Studies Symposium was held April 25, 2014. In this episode, the symposium participants discuss the ideas raised by the papers given at the symposium. In the first part of the episode, Mike Perry and Shawn E. Klein talk with Sean Beckmann and Kevin Schieman about the 10,000 hour rule and what distinguishes sport from other kinds of physical games. In the second part, Shawn E. Klein, Zachary Draves, Huston Ladner, and Carl Robinson discuss the relationship between sport and society, cyborgs, and the value of spectatorship.

Related links:

You can download the podcast here:
http://www.rockfordcollegeradio.com/the-sports-ethicist-show-sports-studies-symposium-2014/

You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes.

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Sports Studies Symposium: Defining Sport

Sports Studies 14 thumbRockford University is hosting the Third Annual Sports Studies Symposium on April 25, 2014 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm CT at the Grace Roper Lounge, Burpee Center. The conference is free to attend and light refreshments will be served.

Panel One

“Burning the Straw Man: the 10,000 hour rule, fitness, and athletics”
– Sean Beckmann, Ph.D. (Rockford University)

“From the Boarders: Skateboarding at the Fringe of Sport”
– Brian Glenney, Ph.D. (Gordon College) and Steve Mull (Gordon College)

“Sport, Seriousness, and Hopscotch Dreams”
– Major Kevin Schieman, M.A. (United States Military Academy)

Panel Two

“Sport in Society: How Athletics Shapes Our World and Consciousness”
– Zachary Draves, (Rockford University Student Contest Winner)

“The Convergence of Mechanization and the Modern Athlete in NASCAR”
– P. Huston Ladner, M.A (University of Hawaii)

“The Modern Literature of Ring Sport: A Cultural Phenomenon and Its Literary Forms”
– Carl Robinson, Ph.D. (Ashford University)

The Sports Studies Symposium is hosted by Rockford University professors Dr. Shawn Klein and Dr. Michael Perry. For more information please visit www.SportsEthicist.com or contact Dr. Shawn Klein at sklein@rockford.edu.

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Sports Studies Symposium: Speakers and Topics

3rd Annual Sports Studies Symposium:

Defining Sport

 Grace Roper Lounge, Burpee Center, 

Rockford University

April 25, 2014; 1-5 pm

Panel One: Borderline Cases

“From the Boarders: Skateboarding at the Fringe of Sport”
– Brian Glenney, Ph.D. (Gordon College) and Steve Mull (Gordon College)

“Is NASCAR a Sport? Are Drivers Athletes?”
– P. Huston Ladner, M.A (University of Hawaii)

“Sport, Seriousness, and Hopscotch Dreams”
– Major Kevin Schieman, M.A. (United States Military Academy)

Panel Two: Sport in the Culture

“The Modern Literature of Ring Sport: A Cultural Phenomenon and Its Literary Forms”
– Carl Robinson, Ph.D. (Ashford University)

“The Role of Athletics in American Higher Education Institutions”
– Chris Croft, Ph.D. (University of Southern Indiana)

Reserved for RU Student Contest Winner

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IAPS 2013 Conference: “Work and Play: Similarities and Parallels”

I got word today that my proposal for the 2013 International Association for the Philosophy of Sport Conference has been accepted. The conference is September 4-8, 2013 at California State University, Fullerton. I am very excited!

Here is my abstract proposal:

Title: “Work and Play: Similarities and Parallels”

The concept of play is one of the most discussed concepts in the philosophy of sport. The relationship between play and work, however, is less explored. But when it is, the assumption is that work and play are radically separate activities. In this paper, I want to challenge this assumption and argue that a clearer understanding of these activities shows us important parallels between work and play.

What makes professional athletes professional is not merely that they are paid for what they do. Sport is the activity that they engage in to be productive and to create the material wealth for their lives. It is, in other words, that sport is their work. Play, on the other hand, is presented as the contrary of work. As Kenneth Schultz says, “[i]t seems easiest to see that play is not work” (26). Roger Caillois in Man, Play and Games says that the goal of play is not to produce anything: “it creates no wealth or goods…[it] is an occasion of pure waste” (5). And of professional athletes, he says “it is clear that they are not players but workers” (6). Similarly, Johan Huizinga argues in Homo Ludens that play can have no material interest or profit gained from it.

I will argue, first, that it is not obvious that material interest or productivity is incompatible with play. Second, I will argue that while there is a real distinction between play and work, the one-dimensional dichotomy drawn in the literature misses important and substantial similarities between work and play.

Getting these concepts right is important because both work and play are significant human activities; they are components of a flourishing, well-lived life. We form our lives around our careers and often we derive, in addition to the means of material support they provide, great satisfaction from our work. Play, too, is essential for the good life. It is not merely how we spend our down time; like work, it is a way we structure our lives. Not only because play is a significant source of enjoyment and satisfaction, but also because it is a unique way of expressing and experiencing ourselves. By fleshing out the parallels between these activities—and the ways each can be informed by the other—we can improve each activity and subsequently improve our lives.

In short, many conceptions of play and work, as evidenced by Caillois and Huizinga, appear to presuppose a rigid disjunction between work and play that does not do justice to either. By gaining a more adequate understanding of work and play and the affinity between them, we will improve not only our comprehension of work, play, and professional sports, but also the way we actually engage in these activities.

References:
Caillois, Roger. Man, Play and Games.
Huizinga, Johan. Homo Ludens.
Schultz, Kenneth. “Sport and Play: Suspension of the Ordinary.”

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Sports Studies Symposium: Paper Abstracts

I have posted the abstracts for each paper to be presented at Friday’s Sports Studies Symposium.

The first panel, held from 1 to 2:45pm, focuses on Fandom. (Follow the links to read paper abstracts)

The second panel, held from 3 to 4:45, will focus on fantasy and play. (Follow the links to read paper abstracts)

You can also find the abstracts, and other information, at the Symposium Page: http://sportsethicist.com/symposium/

 

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The Sports Studies Symposium: Fandom, Fantasy, and Play

Announcing the 2nd annual Rockford College Sports Studies Symposium!
Sports Studies Symposium 2013
Fans play a central role at all levels and within various aspects of sport, so any study of sport would do well to consider their influences in connection to fandom, fantasy, and play. A specific and growing area of fandom, fantasy sports, illustrates a concrete and complex way fans relate to and even affect sport. This year’s symposium seeks to explore and examine these aspects of the relationship between fan and sport.

The first panel, held from 1 to 2:45pm, focuses on Fandom.

  • Chad Carlson, Ph.D., (Eastern Illinois University): What is fan-based sport about anyway? The Popovich-Stern Issue and Normative Implications for Professional Sports;
  • John Harney, Ph.D., (DePaul University): Japanese Baseball Culture at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century: Imperial Game or Adopted Pastime;
  • Trish Phillips, Ph.D., (Mississippi State University): Fandom and Sport: Encouraging Hate.

The second panel, held from 3 to 4:45, will focus on fantasy and play.

  • Aaron Harper, Ph.D. (West Liberty University): Playing with Nietzsche: Play, Nihilism, and Value Creation;
  • Andrew Koehl, Ph.D. (Roberts Wesleyan College): Fantasy Sport and Aristotelian Flourishing;
  • Carl Robinson, Ph.D. (Ashford University): Chasing The American Dream: A Chubby Fan(atic) Recalls His Favorite Professional Wrestlers.

Location: Grace Roper Lounge, Burpee Center, Rockford College, Rockford, IL
Date/Time: April 19, 2013; 1-5pm

Following the symposium, many of the participants will head over to Aviators Stadium to watch Rockford College Baseball take on Maranatha Baptist Bible College.

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Final Call for Abstracts: Sports Studies Symposium 2013

Final Call for Abstracts. Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2013.

Fandom, Fantasy, and Fitness
The 2nd Annual Rockford College Sports Studies Symposium
Date: April 19, 2013

Grace Roper Lounge
Rockford College
5050 E. State. St.
Rockford, IL 61108

Fans play a central role at all levels and within various aspects of sport, so any study of sport would do well to consider their influences in connection to fandom, fantasy, and fitness. A specific and growing area of fandom, fantasy sports, illustrates a concrete and complex way fans relate to and even affect sport. Moreover, the implicit and explicit connection of sport to fitness offers another important way that fans interact with sport. This year’s symposium seeks to explore and examine these aspects of the relationship between fan and sport.

We invite scholars from all disciplines to submit an abstract on these themes. This symposium will then bring together several panels of scholars to discuss these themes. The focus of each panel will depend, in part, on the submitted abstracts. Each presenter on a panel will have 20 minutes for their presentation. This will be followed by 30 minutes of a combined Q&A.

Abstract Submission:
Submissions are welcome on this theme of Fandom, Fantasy, and Fitness, or other related issues arising in the study of Sport. Abstract should be 300-500 words. Send via email (as PDF) to SSS13@Rockford.edu

Deadline: Friday, January 25th, 2013. Extended Deadline: Feb 1st, 2013
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, February 4th, 2013. Extended to February 11th, 2013.

If you have any questions, please email SSS13@Rockford.edu, contact Shawn Klein (Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department) at 815-226-4115, or Michael Perry (Assistant Professor, English Department) at 815-226-4098.

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CFA: Fandom, Fantasy, and Fitness: Rockford College Sports Studies Symposium

Call for Abstracts

Fandom, Fantasy, and Fitness
The 2nd Annual Rockford College Sports Studies Symposium
Date: April 19, 2013

Grace Roper Lounge
Rockford College
5050 E. State. St.
Rockford, IL 61108

Fans play a central role at all levels and within various aspects of sport, so any study of sport would do well to consider their influences in connection to fandom, fantasy, and fitness. A specific and growing area of fandom, fantasy sports, illustrates a concrete and complex way fans relate to and even affect sport. Moreover, the implicit and explicit connection of sport to fitness offers another important way that fans interact with sport. This year’s symposium seeks to explore and examine these aspects of the relationship between fan and sport.

We invite scholars from all disciplines to submit an abstract on these themes. This symposium will then bring together several panels of scholars to discuss these themes. The focus of each panel will depend, in part, on the submitted abstracts. Each presenter on a panel will have 20 minutes for their presentation. This will be followed by 30 minutes of a combined Q&A.

Abstract Submission:
Submissions are welcome on this theme of Fandom, Fantasy, and Fitness, or other related issues arising in the study of Sport. Abstract should be 300-500 words. Send via email (as PDF) to SSS13@Rockford.edu

Deadline: Friday, January 25th, 2013. Extended Deadline: Feb 1st, 2013
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, February 4th, 2013. Extended to February 11th, 2013.

If you have any questions, please email SSS13@Rockford.edu, contact Shawn Klein (Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department) at 815-226-4115, or Michael Perry (Assistant Professor, English Department) at 815-226-4098.

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