The 2013 ISHPES Congress was covered in China Post, an English-language newspaper in Taiwan.

The Transnational Working Group for the Study of Gender and Sport seeks to advance research on gender in sport, especially from a transnational and transdisciplinary perspective. Since 2005, regular meetings have stimulated fruitful scientific exchange, discussion and the mentoring of young scholars. The board of the working group is currently headed by Susan Bandy (USA), Nadia Carlomagno and Gigiola Gori (both Italy), Annette Hofmann (Germany), Manami Inoue (Japan), Leena Laine (Finland), Gerd von der Lippe (Norway), Martha Saavedra (USA) and Katalin Szikora (Hungary).

THE 2013 MEETING – Gender in Physical Culture

This year’s meeting will be held at the Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science (IKI), Faculty of Education, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The meeting’s theme is Gender in Physical Culture. This theme carries both local historical and contemporary meanings. Historically, physical culture was a concept associated with practitioners of Danish-Swedish and other systems of gymnastics in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was a concept that was used to describe a way of life associated with the various forms of exercise and other physical activities of the day. Physical culture was thus more than mere movement; it was a lifestyle that was embedded in beliefs, knowledge and broader individual and social practices of the time (Kirk, 1999, 65). With the demise of Danish-Swedish systems of gymnastics, the term physical culture disappeared from the lexicon of the English speaking world. Recently, however, various scholars have argued for the recovery of the concept. As were the systems of exercise mentioned above, contemporary forms of human movement (i.e. sport, exercise, physical activity, APA etc.) are socially embedded. The concept is thus seen useful in providing ways to relationally theorise a wide range of socio-cultural issues, including the reflexive nature of how individuals’ bodies are being maintained, represented and regulated and how physical culture constructs and reinforces dominant values and norms.

Important dates for submission and registration:

Abstract submission: 1 September 2013
Notification of acceptance: 1 October 2013
Preliminary program: 31 October 2013
Registration deadline: 30 November 2013
Final program: 1 December 2013

For non-presenters, please register by emailing Natalie Barker-Ruchti (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Conference fee: SEK 300.- (approx. € 30), payable on site.

For further information, please contact Natalie Barker-Ruchti: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This is an election year so we are calling it to your attention. We have already informed you that we will do it online this time and we hope that this will work well. You can vote for the Council and the President. The council consists of a maximum of 15 members. The new council will then elect three Vice Presidents, which will support the President’s work.

Every paid-up member who has been an ISHPES member for the last two years can run for the Council. Those members who would like to run for Presidency need to have been a member for the last four years.

We are now opening the Call for Nominations. For those of you who are interested in becoming a Council member or the President, please send a short curriculum vita and also explain your relation to and interest in ISHPES. This should be no longer than one page.

Human and Social Sport Sciences – Issues, Approaches, Challenges and Implementations.


International Summer School for Young Researchers – Course for PhD Students.
Date: 1st of July – 5th of July, 2013

In 2013 ISHPES will offer several grants from the GERD VON DER LIPPE JUNIOR SCHOLAR TRAVEL FUND to assist graduate students who present papers at the Congress.

The money will be divided among the applicants to help defray the costs of travel and accommodation at the conference. Exact amounts of the financial support will vary.

A graduate student requesting travel funds must make a request for a Gerd von der Lippe Junior Scholar Fund grant at the same time as the abstract submission. Applications should consist of a concise letter from the prospective participant requesting a grant from the Gerd von der Lippe Junior Scholar Fund, sent to Dr. Kai Reinhart, ISHPES General Secretary, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DEADLINE: March 31, 2013

--Be a current ISHPES member. (Join here)
--Include applicant’s academic affiliation
--Include the name and email address of applicant’s graduate program advisor

Funding requests will have no bearing on the scientific committee’s decisions on panels, but funds will not be awarded unless the applicant's paper is accepted by the scientific committee in a separate decision.

All recipients must register for the ISHPES conference in advance.  This financial support will be disbursed to recipients by the ISHPES General Secretary at the conference. The winner of the Gigliola Gori Junior Scholar Award is not eligible for financial support from the Gerd von der Lippe Junior Scholar Fund.