Call for nomination: May 30, 2017
Process of nomination: until June 23 (3.5 weeks)
Duration of Election: July 1-July 22 (3 weeks)

2017 is an ISHPES election year; we will elect the council, the vice presidents and the president. Once again the 2017 election will be conducted as an online election.

Any paid-up ISHPES member (by June 25, 2017) who has been a member for 2 years can be nominated for the council. The council consists of 10 members. Persons who have been a member for 4 years can be nominated as president. For both council positions and the presidency, individuals can nominate themselves.

The 3 vice-presidents will be elected by the new council.

All candidates for the elections should submit a short vita which includes a short text why they want to serve on the ISHPES council. Candidates may add a photo if they would like. The entirety of the vita and text should be no longer than 1 page.

The nomination period begins May 30, 2017 and runs through June 23, 2017.

After the end of the deadline (June 23) the list of nominated persons will be send to all ISHPES members including the explanation for the voting procedure which will be online. Only paid-up members (as of June 25, 2017) and honorary members are eligible to vote.

The election results will be announced in August.

It would be great to receive many candidates from various continents and regions of the world.

Please send your nomination the ISHPES General Secretary Sandra Heck at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

Two scholars shared the Routledge Early Career Scholar Presentation Award at the 2017 Congress in Alexandria, Egypt. Both Aad Haverkamp, from Radboud University Nijmegen, and Zineb Belmaati Cherkaoui, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, received the award, which includes £75 in books from Routledge.

The ISHPES Award is presented to a sport historian who has a particular interest in and has published pioneering work on the general theme of the ISHPES Congress.

The Award for 2017 has been presented to Malcolm MacLean, Reader in the Culture and History of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire in England. Malcolm has degrees in history and anthropology, and for the last 20 years has focussed primarily on sport and cultural relations in colonial and imperial settings, including rugby union in Aotearoa New Zealand and cricket in the British West Indies. Malcolm’s current work projects centre of activist political campaigns in sporting and cultural boycott movements, including both the dynamics of activism and cultural representations of those movements, and in related activity he is exploring the return of South Africa to international sport in the post-apartheid era. He has published widely on these issues. His most recent book is Philosophical Perspectives on Play edited with Wendy Russell and Emily Ryall in 2016, and The Philosophy of Play as Life also with Wendy Russell and Emily Ryall is currently in press. Malcolm is a former Chair of the British Society of Sports History and is a member if the international councils of the New Zealand Studies Association and ISHPES.

Dear ISHPES members,

for 2017 my best wishes to all of you. Besides extending to you my greetings, I would like to take the opportunity to remind all of you to pay your annual dues. Please see our homepage under Membership Renewal.

ISHPES is an international association and has members from many cultures and countries around the world. Although world politics are quite frightening right now, I think our successful academic collaborations, cooperations and friendships will overcome these problems.