Sites of sport in history

June 29 - July 2, 2016 in Paris, France

Call for abstracts [pdf version]

More information can be found on the ISHPES Congress page.

University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
National School of Architecture of Paris
French Society for Sports History

University Paris-Est
LABEX Futurs urbains

Congress topic and subtopics

For the 17th ISHPES Congress, researchers are invited to submit papers related to “Sites of sport in history” – these words being taken in their widest sense. Papers are expected to meet the following sub-themes or one of the three specific symposia:


  • Globalisation and glocalisation of sports cultures
  • The spreading of sports cultures: acculturation and innovation
  • Sports facilities: architectures and urban planning
  • Outdoor sports in nature and cities
  • Indoor sports and spatial segregation
  • Sport as a contested space
  • Gendered sports sites
  • Sport in figurative space: art, literature, film
  • Sports heritage and sites of memory
  • Physical education and sport in schools/colleges/universities
  • Welfare state and urban planning in sport
  • Open paper


  • Health promotion and sports sites
  • Sports sites in closed institutions
  • Conflict of land use in sports and tourist areas

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 300 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 or symposium your abstract is related.

3. All abstracts will be assessed by two members of the scientific committee.

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.

Leena Laine, a founding member of ISHPES, was honored as an honorary member at the 2015 Congress in Split, Croatia. 

"Ski tracks" is the name of an international conference which will focus on the history of winter sport and especially the traditions of skiing. It takes place from 10th to 14th December 2015 in the Ski Austria Academy in St. Christoph am Arlberg. The conference will conclude an exhibition project in Tyrol and Vorarlberg entitled "ARLBERG. Pass.Region.Marke". The location was chosen deliberately: In the former Bundessportheim St. Christoph significant Austrian ski pioneers as Hannes Schneider, Ernst Janner, Stefan Kruckenhauser and Franz Hoppichler developed their methods of instruction.

At the same time the network meeting for Austrian sports history, SPORTHISTNET, will be organized.

The conference languages are German and English.

The 2015 Routledge Junior Scholar Presentation Award winner is Taro Obayashi, University of Tsukuba, Japan for his engaging, informative conference presentation "Recovery from the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 through Sport Events in Tokyo City." Taro Obayashi’s award is £75 in books from Routledge.

The 2015 Gigliola Gori Junior Scholar Award Prize recipient is Dario Nardini. The Italian scholar wrote the most outstanding, unpublished essay. 

The year's ISHPES honorees are Susan J. Bandy, winner of the Rutledge Keynote Award, and Rudolf Müllner, winner of the ISHPES Award. Both Bandy and Müllner gave keynote lectures at the 2015 ISHPES Congress in Split, Croatia.