Annette Hofmann, Germany (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

PhD (2000) on "German Turnen in the United States".
M.A. degree in American Studies and Sport Sciences at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
1999-2005 Assistant Professor at the Department of Sport Science of the University of Münster, Germany.
Since 2006 Professor for Sport Pedagogy at the Ludwigsburg University of Education in Germany.

ISHPES and CESH Young Scholar Awards, and Fellow of CESH.
Vice President of the German Gymnastic Federation (Deutsche Turner-Bund).
Academic Editor (Europe) of the International Journal of the History of Sport (IJSH)

Main areas of research: Integration in sports, ethnicity and sports, American sports, sport and the ill body, gender studies and various aspects of skiing.


Vice Presidents

Keiko Ikeda, Hokkaido University, Japan

PhD (1995) on Pre-Victorian Sport: Pierce Egan's Sporting World, Tokyo
Awards: Distinguished Professor (2009) at Yamaguchi University & The University President Award (2017) at Hokkaido University
Board director, The Japan Society of Sport History (JSSH), 2006-9
Board director, The Historical Research Section of Japanese Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences (JSPEHSS), 2007-2010
Board director, Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Sciences (ACESS), 2007-2010
Review Editor, International Journal of the History of Sport (IJHS), October 2012-present
Recent article: "The Itinerary to Explore Headwaters of the New Left's Cultural Studies," in IJHS (forthcoming, 2017).
Main Fields: Pre-Victorian British Sport History, Comparative Sport History between the UK and Japan, Transnational Perspectives through Gender Issues, Fascism and Imperialism on Sport

Malcolm MacLean, University of Gloucestershire, Great Britain

PhD (2004) Confronting Foundational Myths: Apartheid, Rugby and the Post-Colonising of Aotearoa/New Zealand, University of Queensland, Australia
MA in History (1994) Thesis title Wellington’s Class Prison: Holloway Road, 1919-1939. Steps Towards and Analysis of the Material Basis of Working Class Daily Life, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
BA, Anthropology (1982) Massey University, New Zealand
2013: Reader in the Culture & History of Sport, Faculty of Applied Science, University of Gloucestershire
ISHPES Award 2017; Routledge Award, ISHPES Congress 2013
Chair, British Society of Sports History 2007-11; New Zealand Studies Association, International Academic Council; 2011-
Principal research interests: The colonial practice and identities in sport, principally indigenous and subaltern colonial peoples, sport focused political activism

Patricia Vertinsky, University of British Columbia, Canada

Distinguished University Scholar and Professor in the School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada).
She is a social and cultural historian working across the fields of women’s history, sport history and sociology, popular culture and the history of health and medicine. Her expertise lies in the study of normalizing disciplinary regimes in kinesiology and sport science and the social, political, and scientific context in which they have been conceived and promoted . Dr Vertinsky was the first Canadian woman to become a Fellow of the Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Past-President of the North American Society of Sport History, Vice-President of the International Society for Physical Education and Sport History and Fellow of the European Committee for Sport History. She was recently awarded an honorary Doctorate degree at the University of Copenhagen

General Secretary

Sandra Heck, Germany

  Certified teacher for Physical Education and Geography (2007)
PhD in Sport Science, Ruhr-University Bochum/Germany (2012)
ISHPES Junior Scholar Award (2009) and Dr. Klaus Marquardt-Prize (2013)
Council member of the Section Sport History of the German Society of Sport Science (2015)
monograph on the genesis of the modern pentathlon; co-editor of a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport on “Sport and Urban Space in Europe”; published articles in Journal of Sport History, International Journal of the History of Sport, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, Olympika, Revue STAPS, and Stadion; presented papers at more than 20 international conferences; received grants from Ruhr-University Bochum, VG Wort, Académie Nationale Olympique Francaise, Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst, and International Olympic Academy.
main areas of research: physical education with a focus on e-learning and inclusion, sport and military history, environmental sustainability


Conference Advisor

Gertrud Pfister, Denmark

Gertrud Pfister has gained a PhD in history and sociology. From 1980 to 2000, she worked as a professor at the Freie Universität Berlin. Currently she is professor at the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
From 1983 to 2001 Gertrud Pfister was President of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport, from 2004 to 2008 President of the International Sport Sociology Association. Gertrud Pfister served as a guest professor at several foreign universities, and was invited as a keynote speaker to more than 30 international congresses. She is member of the editorial boards of 15 scientific journals and she served in several committees which evaluated sport faculties and departments.
Pfister won several awards for her scholarly work, among others, the Award of the International Society for Sport History and the Howell, the Howell Distinguished Lecturer Award of the North American Society for Sport History and the inaugural European Women and Sport Award (for research and leadership in the area of women's sport). In 2007, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the Semmelweis University, Budapest.
The main topics of her research are sport history and sport sociology with a special focus on social class, gender and ethnicity, socialization, and international comparisons.


Early Career Scholar Representatives

Dario Nardini, Italy
Taro Obayashi,


Heather Dichter, United States

Associate Professor, De Montfort University
PhD (2008), "Sporting Democracy: The Western Allies’ Reconstruction of Germany Through Sport, 1944-1952", University of Toronto Department of History
MA (2002), University of North Carolina
BA (2000), University of Michigan

Previously taught at Western Michigan University, Ithaca College, York College of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, and Franklin College Switzerland.

Co-Editor of Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft and International Relations since 1945 (University Press of Kentucky, 2014).
Published articles in International Journal of the History of Sport, Diplomacy & Statecraft, History of Education, and Stadion
Editorial Board member of International Journal of Sport Communication.
Received grants from Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, George Marshall Foundation, Norway-America Association, International Society for Olympic Historians.

Main areas of research: international sport, Olympic Games, politics, diplomacy


Council Members

Francois Cleophas, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Heather Dichter
, De Montfort University, Great Britain
Russell Field, University of Manitoba, Canada
Teresa González-Aja, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Susanna Hedenborg, Malmö University, Sweden
Keiko Ikeda, Hokkaido University, Japan
Mei-Chun Lin, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwain
Michael Krüger, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität of Münster, Germany
Malcolm MacLean, University of Gloucestershire, Great Britain
Rudolf Müllner, University of Vienna, Austria
Tomaž Pavlin, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Gertrud Pfister, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Pierre-Olaf Schut, University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France
Patricia Vertinsky
, University of British Columbia, Canada

ISHPES Past Presidents