July 18-21, 2018 in Münster, Germany

Sport for All – History of a Vision Around the World

Call for abstracts [pdf version]

More information can be found on the ISHPES Congress page.

Institute of Sports Science, Department of Sport History and Physical Education, University of Münster

TAFISA | Dvs-Sektion Sportgeschichte | Willibald-Gebhardt-Institut (WGI), Olympic Study Centre (Münster) | Institut für Sportgeschichte Baden-Württemberg e.V. | Niedersächsisches Institut für Sportgeschichte (NISH) | Sportmuseum Berlin | Zentrum Deutsche Sportgeschichte Berlin | Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Sportmuseen, Sportarchive und Sportsammlungen (DAGS) | Deutsches Sport- und Olympiamuseum Köln | Archäologisches Museum der Universität Münster | Deutsche Olympische Akademie (DOA)

Congress topic and subtopics

Scholars are invited to submit sessions including three abstracts related to the main topic "Sport for All – History of a Vision Around the World", or individual abstracts on a subtopic.


  • “Sport for all” on various continents, in various regions and nations
  • Sports, physical cultures, and physical education in time and space
  • Aspects of integration, inclusion and segregation in sports and physical cultures (including disability and sports)
  • Sports, movement cultures, and health around the world
  • New approaches to Olympic history
  • Historical approaches to mega- events in sports
  • Gender diversity in various physical culture and sports
  • Religious impacts on physical culture and sports globally
  • Sports, industrialization, technology, and social diversity (including workers’ sports)
  • Open paper

Guidelines for abstract submission

1. Abstract submission is exclusively online via the ISHPES Conference Submission Page.

2. The online form will invite you to inform the following points :

A. Name of the author(s), your institutional affiliation and position, your office and mobile phone numbers, and email addresses.

 B. The paper’s title followed by a 350 words (maximum) abstract of the proposed paper. The abstract should include the question(s) addressed in the paper, the evidence to be used, a precise statement of the argument and conclusions, and what significance the paper has to our understanding of sports history.

 C. Please specify also to what sub-theme your abstract is related.

The official language of the congress is English.

Presenters need to be an ISHPES member to present a paper, and a person can only present one paper as first author. Join ISHPES now.

Participants are invited to submit their abstracts for podium/oral presentations only.


Abstract submission opening: December 15, 2017

Abstract submission closing: February 15, 2018

ISHPES is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Early Career Scholar Award. The ISHPES GIGLIOLA GORI AWARD will be presented at the 2018 ISHPES Congress to be held in MÜNSTER, GERMANY on July 18-21, 2018.

It is awarded for an unpublished essay of outstanding quality in the field of sport history. Eligible scholars must be a member of ISHPES and a registered student (undergraduate or graduate) at the time of the Congress or within one year of receiving or having graduated from a program of higher education.

The essay must be submitted in English and the text itself (including notes and bibliography) must not exceed 8,000 words. The essay should conform to The International Journal of Sport History style for format and references.

The main criteria for selection will be based on the young scholar’s original work, the scientific quality of his or her research and the value of the study from the perspective of international sport history. A specially chosen committee will review the articles and select the winner.

Gigliola Gori, a leading sport historian in Italy and long-time member of ISHPES has very generously donated a 1000 € prize for this award. The ISHPES GIGLIOLA GORI AWARD is intended to promote emerging scholarship among young scholars of sport history world-wide through the organizational support of ISHPES and its members.

The award winner will receive a 1000 € prize, free registration at the Congress and a year’s membership to ISHPES. The winning paper should be presented during the conference. His/her paper will be published in The International Journal of Sport History and the winner, together with any other entrant whose work is recognized by the committee for its quality, will receive a diploma that will be presented during the Congress. The essay must be emailed to the Chair of the Awards Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than FEBRUARY 1, 2018.

Past award winners can be found here.

Dear ISHPES Members,
We are starting a new period in our society. As you all know we just elected a new council and the president. I would like to thank you all for participating in the election process and especially Scott Martyn (University of Windsor, CAN) who as a non ISHPES member supported us in having a neutral election process. It was the second time now that we had an online election. I am pleased that it worked so well.

The 2017 ISHPES Election has been completed. Congratulations to the new ISHPES Council, which will serve from 2017 through 2021.

The on-line election conducted saw 52 online ballots started and finished during the 2017 ISHPES Election period.

The Election results are as follows:

Annette R. Hofmann (Germany)

--Teresa González Aja (Spain)
--Francois Cleophas (South Africa)
--Heather L. Dichter (USA)
--Russel Field (Canada)
--Gerald R. Gems (USA)
--Susanna Hedenborg (Sweden)
--Keiko Ikeda (Japan)
--Michael Krüger (Germany)
--Mei-Chun Lin (Taiwan)
--Malcolm MacLean (United Kingdom)
--Rudolf Müllner (Austria)
--Tomaž Pavlin (Slovenia)
--Gertrud Pfister (Denmark)
--Pierre-Olaf Schut (France)
--Patricia Vertinsky (Canada)

Early Career Scholar Representatives
--Dario Nardini (Italy)
--Taro Obayashi (Japan)

Additional thanks to Karin Schicklinski (ISHPES assistant) and Sandra Heck (ISHPES General Secretary) for their assistance throughout the process.

Respectfully submitted,
Dr. Scott G. Martyn
Professor of Olympic and Sport History
Faculty of Human Kinetics
University of Windsor


From April 3-6, 2017, the 18th ISHPES Congress was held in Alexandria, Egypt. After Doha, Qatar, this was the second time the annual conference was organized in the Middle East. Scholars from more than twenty countries came to Alexandria to present and discuss their research, establish and maintain networks and enjoy Egyptian culture and hospitality.

The congress started on Monday. While all the lectures were held at the Tolip Hotel, the opening ceremony took place in the modern Alexandria Library. Since the ISHPES Congress coincided with the 75th anniversary of Alexandria University, many people, especially those related to the Faculty of Physical Education for Girls, attended the ceremony.