Martial Arts Studies Conference (July 2016) Call for Papers


Call for Papers

Martial Arts Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Conference

Cardiff University, 19-21 July 2016



The Martial Arts Studies Conference in 2015 brought together eighty academics, PhD students, scholars and researchers, from a very wide range of fields and from all over the world, for two and a half days of keynotes, special sessions, workshops and socialising. Many new relationships were formed and new collaborations initiated. It clarified that the future is bright for Martial Arts Studies. The second conference in July 2016 seeks to build on these strong foundations, and to bring more martial arts studies scholars and more disciplinary perspectives together, into face to face dialogue and debate.

In 2016 we remain open to proposals for papers on any aspect of martial arts studies. In addition, we are particularly keen to see proposals that engage with the relations between two dimensions that are often regarded as opposed, or worlds apart: namely, the relations between media representation and embodied practice. (This is not mandatory. Abstracts on any aspect of martial arts studies are invited. But we are keen to stimulate discussions and academic discourse on these relations.)


  • NB: Conference presentations will be 20 minutes (max)
  • Proposals should be 200 words, plus a biographical note of 100 words
  • The deadline for proposals is 31st January 2016
  • Email proposals to



Win A Free Registration

Why not sponsor a student?

  • In 2015, the conference received generous donations from RDX Sports, Rowman and Littlefield International, as well as from generous individuals. All sponsorship donations were used to reduce costs for students attending.
  • We invite sponsorship again for the 2016 conference, and again all sponsorship donations will be used to reduce prices for students.
  • Sponsors will receive full public acknowledgement and publicity on our websites, social media, correspondence and publications.
  • Interested parties should contact Paul Bowman to discuss:

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