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Eracle Journal of Sport and Social Sciences - Special Issue 2021 - Call for papers GLOBAL MARADONA: man, athlete, celebrity, idol, hero, myth (Sociology of Sport)

Event: Sociology of Sport
Categories: Anthropology/Sociology
Event Date: 2021-12-01 Abstract Due: 2021-04-10

Special Issue 2021 - Call for papers

GLOBAL MARADONA: man, athlete, celebrity, idol, hero, myth

Editors: Luca Bifulco (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II), Stefano Bory (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II), Gianfranco Pecchinenda (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)

The FUNES (www.serena.unina.it/index.php/funes) and ERACLE (www.serena.unina.it/index.php/eracle)
journals joint special issue therefore aims to investigate, along a comparative spectrum, the global and local
extent of the Maradona phenomenon.
There are two thematic domains for requested articles:
a) Maradona, narration, imaginary and memory
b) Maradona as a sports phenomenon and celebrity in his social, identity, economic and political dimension
It is hard to find, in the champions pantheon of the sport history, a person who
has experienced the same public consideration as the one for Diego Armando
Maradona. Always on the stage, always drawing everyone’s attention, never an
ordinary man.
He was a great footballer, a big athlete. His biography was full of extraordinary
achievements and falls both in sports and in life; he was a celebrity, with a
constant planetary notoriety, totally integrated in the realm of spectacular and
commodified sport; he was and still remains a catalyst for conflicts – cultural,
political, juridical or plainly material (like those related to his economic legacy
or to the image rights exploit); he has been for various fan communities and
generations the idol and the hero in which to find identification, aside from the
sporting aspects; plus, especially after his death, he definitively stands as a
myth, a significant exemplary inspiration, but also a model of human
Ultimately, if both in Argentina and in Naples the “pibe de oro” has easily
become a significant icon of popular culture and tradition, on an international
scale the resonance of his figure and the planetary roar generated by his death,
lead us to reflect upon a global cultural phenomenon full of facets,
interpretations and multiple considerations.

Proposals can be written in Italian, English, Spanish and French, and must
be sent to the following email addresses:
luca.bifulco@unina.it; bory@unina.it

Closing date for abstracts submission: Apr 10th 2021
Notification to the authors: until May 10th 2021
Articles submission deadline: Jul 10th 2021
Articles assessment: Aug 10th 2021
Final version submission: until Sep 10th 2021
Publication: Dec 2021



Luca Bifulco