Call For Papers | Sport, Ethics and Philosophy | Sport & Psychoanalysis

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Journal: Sport, Ethics and Philosophy

Special Issue Sport & Psychoanalysis: how might sport philosophy today take advantage of psychoanalytic philosophy?

Guest editors Sandra Meeuwsen and Marie-Caroline Gallot

Abstract due July 15th, 2022

Abstract length 300-500 words

Abstract decision* September 15th, 2022

Manuscript due February 15th, 2023

Manuscript length 5.000 – 7.000 words

Final manuscript due May 31st , 2023

Journal publication Autumn 2023

* Abstracts will be reviewed and a selection of papers will be invited for full length submission; full-length papers will then be blind peer-reviewed

Despite ongoing skepticism towards the scientific quality of psychoanalysis, Freud’s thesis about the unconscious has changed philosophy ever since. Drives, sublimation, transference, resistance, and repression are just some psychoanalytic concepts that are most common, even in philosophical discourses. Jacques Lacan, Melanie Klein, Eric Berne, Thomas Reich, Julia Kristeva and Donald Winnicott are some well-known psychoanalytically educated scholars. What importance could psychoanalysis have nowadays for sport philosophy and the conception of game-playing? This special issue will present a state-of-the-art overview of psychoanalytic philosophy in general, and more specifically explore its contribution to actual debates in our field of knowledge.

Sample themes:

· Actual review of psychoanalytic philosophy, both continental and analytic

· Overview of the most relevant applications of psychoanalytic thought in sport science in general, more specifically the philosophy of sport

· Demand, desire, competition and the will to win

· Gender issues in general, more specifically the debate about the inclusion of transgender athletes into sex segregated sport

· Violence, distortion, harassment and other excessive manifestations in sport

· Suits’ utopian game-playing and repression

· Homo Ludens; archetype or fetish

· Fan engagement, hooliganism and event marketing

· Biopolitics and psychoanalysis

· Neuroscience and psychoanalysis in sport science

Information about the Journal: Sport, Ethics and Philosophy currently is the official Journal of the British Philosophy of Sport Association. The Journal is open to essays of (applied) philosophy that engage with issues or practices, policy, and scholarship, concerning the nature and values of modern sports. Fundamental essays in philosophy, as they inform our understanding of sport and related practices, are welcomed, as are theoretical submissions from cognate disciplines.

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Questions: please send any questions about this Special Issue to Sandra Meeuwsen ( or Marie-Caroline Gallot (