This special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport will focus on the development and inheritance of indigenous sports culture in Asia in the context of globalization, commercialization and modernization. In Asian history, there are abundant diversified indigenous or ethnic sports in various regions or nations. In the modern era, however, Asian indigenous sports culture has been challenged unprecedentedly by the expansion of Western sports culture. Since 1990s, increasing national, regional, and international interest in the topic of Asian indigenous sports culture and Asian society has resulted in conferences, seminars, and workshops devoted to the topic as well as the formation of national indigenous or ethnic sports associations, giving voices to indigenous or ethnic sports groups in Asia. Additionally, an increasing number of experts, academics, PE teachers, postgraduate students and others show interests in this topic.
As editors of this special issue, we encourage the submission of papers on the topic of heritage and development of indigenous sports culture in Asia from a range of historical, anthropological, geographic, methodological and/or thematic perspectives.
We invite you all to prepare your paper in one of the following sub-topics:
- Globalization and the development of indigenous sports culture in Asia
- Traditional festivals, rituals and ethnic sports activities in Asia
- Government policies and governance toward indigenous sports in Asia
- The history of Asian indigenous sports in schools, colleges and universities
- Commercialization and tourism development of Asian indigenous sports.
- Ethnographic approaches to indigenous sports legacies in Asia
- Indigenous sports games and events in Asia
- Comparative study on indigenous sports culture in Asia and the West
- Methodological aspects of indigenous sports history in Asia
- Open papers
A conference based on the above themes will be held in Anhui Normal University, Wuhu, China between 20 and 23 October 2017. We invite you to submit abstracts within the announced topic and sub-topics of the conference to both Guest Editors before 21 August 2017. Notification of the acceptance of abstracts for the special issue will be provided by 15 September 2017 and full papers must then be submitted before 1 March 2017. Please select the ‘Globalization and Nationalization: Inheritance and Development of indigenous Sports Culture in Asia’ option when submitting the full paper via ScholarOne.
Please note that for this particular special issue, papers should be limited to a maximum of 8,000 words, including notes. All submissions will undergo double-blind peer-review, and must be revised according to feedback from the reviewers and, where necessary, the comments from Guest Editors. It is expected that the special issue will be published in June 2018.