Call for paper: Martial arts: Tradition and Globalisation (Lausanne University, June 30-July 31, 2021)

Call for Papers

What are the relationships between martial arts, globalisation and tradition? What are the dynamics and effects of each on the others?

This conference poses these questions to the growing interdisciplinary field of martial arts studies, in a landmark international event: a conference that brings together for the first time the Martial Arts Studies Research Network and the German Martial Arts and Combat Sports Commission. Taking place in the Institute for Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, with events also taking place at the Confucius Institute of the University of Geneva and the Olympic Museum, this is a major event for the international and multidisciplinary academic study of martial arts. The conference is supported and hosted by the Institut des sciences du sport de l’Université de Lausanne, the Laboratory of Experimental Museology, and the Institut Confucius de l’Université de Genève, and organised collaboratively by committees representing each of the institutions involved and a wide diversity of interests spanning all areas of the academic study of martial arts.

The organisers invite proposals for individual 20-minute presentations (or panels made up of 3x20-minute presentations) focusing on any aspect of the complex issues of tradition and innovation in martial arts. However, the organisers are particularly interested in works that engage with martial arts, martial arts studies, tradition and innovation in relation to such themes as:

  • Martial arts globalisation and tradition
  • Martial arts, tradition and technology
  • Martial arts and nationalism
  • Martial arts, soft power and diplomacy
  • Martial arts and sport
  • Martial arts and body culture
  • Histories, representations and curations of martial arts
  • Martial arts traditions, myths and myth-busting
  • Martial arts as intangible cultural heritage
  • Innovation in/and traditional martial arts

To submit a proposal for an individual paper or a complete themed panel (of three connected papers), please send one Word Document to the organising team at the email address: info-MAS2021(at) containing the following information:

  • Title
  • Abstract (300 words max)
  • Bio-note (150 words max)
  • Keywords (5 max)
  • Contact email address
  • Link to personal or professional webpage (if available)

Deadline for Proposals: October 30, 2020.
Notification: November 30, 2020.
Registration opening: December 2020. Public release of the programme: April 2021.