The Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research (CSSOR) welcomes submissions for its inaugural Robert K. Barney Graduate Student Essay Award.  This international prize will be awarded annually to one graduate student (Masters or Doctoral candidates) who submits the most outstanding piece of original research in the area of Olympic studies.  We encourage submissions that examine the Olympic and Paralympic Movements from the fields of history, philosophy, management, sociology, communication, classics, literature, anthropology, cultural studies, economics, marketing, and law.  The winner of the contest will have expenses covered for travel, accommodations, and registration for the CSSOR conference, and will be invited to present his or her paper in a special session at the annual CSSOR conference at California State University, Fullerton, taking place on March 27-28, 2020.  For more details on the conference, please visit our website,

Applications and questions should be sent to the Chair of the Award Committee, Toby Rider (  The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2019.


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