Three scholars shared the Routledge Early Career Scholar Presentation Award at the 2018 Congress in Münster, Germany. Ricardo Assumpção, Justus Kalthoff, and Kalle Rantala, each received the award, which includes £75 in books from Routledge.

Entrants for the Gigliola Gori Early Career Scholar Award for 2018 were uniformly excellent showing the rich set of talents of the younger ISHPES scholars. There were 6 interesting and well written papers in all from a number of countries, demonstrating the global reach of our organization. The panel consisted of Gerald Gems, Gertrude Pfister, and Pierre-Olaf Schut who kindly agreed to review the papers and formulate their decisions.

The panel read each paper, assigned marks and then discussed the results, coming to a difficult conclusion given the high quality of the essays. The papers covered a wide range of extremely interesting and well researched sport history related topics.

The 2018 winner of this award is Lydia Furse, a historian and rugby player studying the social and cultural history of women in Rugby Union from the late 19th century to the present. Lydia Furse studied French and History at the University of Warwick. Since 2017, she is a PhD candidate. As a historian and rugby player Lydia worked on an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project entitled "Women in Rugby Union: A Social and Cultural History, c. 1880-2016." The international scope is an integral aspect of her research.

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