International Football Institute Conference (IFI Conference 2004)

Venue: University of Central Lancashire

Location: Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 01, 2004 End Date/Time: Sep 02, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 12, 2004
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Conference Theme – choose from
· European Football: developers and champions? or
· European Football: influence, change and development

· Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd September 2004

· University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire

Liz Kelly
Conference and Events Management
University of Central Lancashire
Tel 01772 892656
Fax 01772 892977

Conference Background

The University of Central Lancashire and the National Football Museum successfully hosted the inaugural international conference “Association Football: British Game, Global Passion” in March 2002. The 2002 British / global focus is now furthered by the International Football Institute taking the European professional football market as the conference theme, providing a programme that contains representatives from the professional football industry and academia.

2004 is an important year for European football. UEFA celebrates its 50th year as the governing authority while the twelfth European nations championships will be held in Portugal in the June and July period. The organisers feel that the importance of football within, to, and beyond Europe in this important and celebratory year should be reflected within the conference.

Football is an increasingly diverse area of study and attracts high numbers of scholars from across various disciplines and sub-disciplines. By providing a forum for scholarly engagement into the European professional football market, this conference recognises the importance, depth and variety of such activity. Subsequently those who contribute to the conference will enhance the knowledge base regarding the European football market for not only academics but those operating within the professional football industry.

Aims and Objectives

The conference aims to encourage critical study into the role of Europe as a key influencer and actor within world football by providing a forum that engages professional football industry representatives with active academic researchers. Subsequently links are established between the ‘theorists of’ and the ‘practitioners in’ the professional football market.

The key objectives of the conference are:
· To examine the historical centralisation of European influence on key football developments within and beyond Europe;
· To explore the diversity and various applications of football development across the continent;
· To examine the contemporary European professional football market from a variety of critical perspectives;
· To debate and propose how the European football market can develop independently and as a critical agent in world football;
· To disseminate critical, informed and purposeful knowledge regarding the European football market.

Themed Perspectives and Content

· Social, cultural and political value and influence
· Historical influence, diffusion and development
· Insularity and multi-culturalness
· Identity and meaning
· Business, economy and media
· Local and global examinations
· Power networks and agents of change
· Occupation and migration

Call for Academic Papers

The intention is to operate a dual approach to the conference with invited keynote speakers from the professional football industry as well as individual workshop sessions for academics relevant to the themed perspectives and content as reflected in the abstract submissions.

Papers are duly invited for any aspect considered within the themed perspectives though other aspects that are deemed relevant to the overall conference theme are also welcome.

Please submit your abstract to a maximum of 500 words by email to Liz Kelly, stating author’s name(s), suggested theme, contact details, title and preferred format of presentation. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday 12th March 2004, contributors will be notified in May 2004.

Successful papers are likely to be considered for publication in conference proceedings.

Please note, all paper presenters will need to register for the conference and pay the registration fee which will be in the region of £145 for the two days including a tour of the National Football Museum. (Accommodation on campus will be available at £30 per night b&b).

Editorial Board

· Dr. Jonathan Magee, International Football Institute - Chair
· Dr. Alan Bairner, Loughborough University
· Dr. Paul Darby, University of Ulster Jordanstown
· Dr. Alethea Melling, University of Central Lancashire
· Professor Alan Tomlinson, University of Brighton