Enhancing research on Physical Activity and Sport in Human and Social Science Perspective

International Summer School for Young Researchers – Course for PhD Students

Date: 2- 6 July 2018
Place: Department of Sports Sciences, University of Paris-Est, France

Organised during ten years at the university of Copenhagen, the International Summer School for young researchers takes place in Paris since 2016. For the third time, the university Paris-Est hosts students and teachers from all over the world for a summer school based on exchanges between scholars.

Aims and topic
The Summer School 2018 is dedicated to young researchers in human and social sciences whose work on all subject linked to physical activity and sport. These subjects cover a broad area, which allows experts and students to share experiences and expertise in their respective fields of research. During the last decades, physical activities and sport have played an increasing role in the public discourse, at least in Western countries. Sport for all and elite sport are in the centre of public attention, both promising benefits for individuals and societies. Health and well-being, education and social integration, entertainment, national presentation and identity are some of the assets which are currently discussed in connection with physical activities and sport. However, it is an open question if and under what conditions sport can meet these expectations. Here, it has to be taken into consideration that sport has many faces and that sport cultures differ dependent on traditions and current political, economic and social situations in the various countries and regions.

Dear ISHPES Members,

At the closing of the year I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your interest in our society. Although ISHPES might not be the biggest organization, it is internationally known and appreciated in our academic field.

This year we elected a new council. Some of our long-time council members decided not to candidate anymore. I would like to thank especially Gigliola Gori and Leena Laine again for their devotion for ISHPES and their work over the years.

The new council will develop new ideas and projects so we can continue to push ISHPES forward and make it even more visible within our academic field. I am also glad that Sandra Heck will continue her work as our General Secretary.


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 DEADLINE EXTENDED: MARCH 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.