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.

2017 Congress • April 3 - 6, 2017
Alexandria, Egypt

Join us for the 2017 ISHPES Congress in Alexandria!

Registration is now open. REGISTER HERE

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On 27 June 2016, fifteen PhD students and two Master’s students from nine nations across the globe congregated to begin the 2016 Summer School in Sport Sciences. The summer school was hosted by Universite Paris-Est and was organised and coordinated by Pierre-Olaf Schut, an Associate Professor in History and Sociology of Sport at the University. In addition to Professor Schut, ten other professors from four different nations and a wide variety of research fields were involved in the five-day-long summer school. Each of the professors who attended the summer school presented a piece of research to allow students to gain an insight into current discourses of physical activity and sport. These research fields included the history of sport, sociology of sport, sports management, sport psychology as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods within sports science and psychology of sport. Additionally, the students benefited from more practical presentations on funding opportunities for research in Europe and publishing advice, including choosing the reliable publisher and scientific conferences and adapting the text to the editorial rules. Further, each student had to option to attend two fifteen-minute individual supervisory sessions with the professor of choice to discuss their PhD or Master’s project in more detail.

ISHPES is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Early Career Scholar Award. The ISHPES GIGLIOLA GORI AWARD will be presented at the 2017 ISHPES Congress to be held in Alexandria, Egypt, 3-6 April 2017.

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 a 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 10,000 words.

The main criteria for selection will be based on originality, the scientific quality of the research and the value of the study from the perspective of international sport history. A specially chosen committee will review the articles.

Gigliola Gori, a leading sport historian in Italy and longtime member of ISHPES, as well as one of its current Vice-Presidents, 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 Stadion 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 DECEMBER 1, 2016.