Call for Papers

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Vol. 6(2), 2021

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 Guest editors

William Gasparini (Univiversité de Strasbourg, France)

Giovanna Russo (“AMS” University of Bologna, Italy)

Over the last ten years, Europe has experienced an increase in the number of migrants, coming from the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkans. The new arrivals mainly come from Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. This phenomenon has had very important political and social consequences, starting with a difficult question: how to welcome and facilitate the integration of migrants? Despite the ongoing debate, Europe - now the European Union - has by no means adopted common policies of solidarity and hospitality, although some European countries, including Italy and France, have given rise to initiatives that cover various sectors such as education, employment, active participation and social inclusion to help newcomers integrate. However, it is well known that the social integration of immigrants is not always easy and automatic.

In response to the fragmentation of the national community announced or observed in Europe, sport has often been presented as a powerful cement or at least a model of integration for "young people from the suburban" (Gasparini, 2008), and an instrument of citizenship for foreign populations. Sports activities allow intercultural dialogue without requiring perfect knowledge of the language of the host country. In this way the learning difficulties decrease, while opportunities for socialization emerge. Sports associations as well as sports NGOs have in fact promoted numerous mechanisms open to immigrants, but their positive effects are often unknown to the general public and researchers.

Starting from the simultaneous growth of the sociology of migration and the sociology of sport, the dossier aims to investigate, on the one hand, the processes that lead to the creation of integration programs for newly arrived migrants who practice sports and physical activities, and on the other hand, to understand the meaning of the actions and the effects they produce both with respect to migrants and the host society.

In a context that is changing very quickly, and in which the global pandemic has drastically reduced sports and physical activity initiatives, the following question emerges: is sport always an indispensable tool for intercultural dialogue and integration? If so, how and what effects does it produce?

 In the face of the constant and considerable migratory flows arriving in Europe, it is legitimate to investigate how European countries deal with "diversity", and how sport can still be considered a way of access to the civil community, sharing its practices and values. But above all, it is useful to understand if participation in sports and associative activities allows migrants to become an active component, well accepted and inserted in the receiving society.

This call is open to innovative studies - especially of an empirical nature (without excluding those with a theoretical slant of a critical system) - aimed at illustrating how in the European context Sport and Physical Activity can offer opportunities for integration between natives and immigrants. With this in mind, contributions are invited to illustrate models and practices implemented in different European countries that embody the belief in integrative sport or, on the contrary, invalidate it.

 Types of abstracts and deadlines

The extended abstract, in Italian or English (from 800 to 1000 words, references included), has to be send by March 15, 2021 as e-mail attachment to journal and Guest Editors:;;

The extended abstract has to be submitted with full title and five keywords, furthermore it has to include name of author(s), affiliation(s), and e-mail for correspondence. In case of more than one author, the corresponding author needs to be indicated. The extended abstract should clearly illustrate the topic, theoretical framework, research proceedings and scientific relevance.

Communication from the Editors concerning selection of abstracts invited to develop into full papers (35,000 to 60,000 characters, including footnotes, references and spaces) by March 31, 2021.

The complete articles has be presented by June 15, 2021 through the journal OJS electronic platform and they must comply with the guidelines, in addition the articles that will be presented in Italian or in French must also include the English abstrcat and title (

Communication concerning the peer-review process by September 15, 2021.

Revised and language edited full papers: October 15, 2021.

Final decision on revised papers: November 15, 2021

Publication: December 2021.