ISHPES 2023 – CONGRESS – Information

Individuals, Institutions, (trans)nationalism. Sport and History facing new challenges

The International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES) Congress will take place on July 12-14, 2023 at the University of Lausanne (UNIL).

This congress is organized by the Institut des sciences du sport de l’UNIL (ISSUL), in partnership with the Départment d’histoire de l’Université de Fribourg (UniFr) and the Centre International d’Etude du Sport (CIES).

For more information :

2020 ISHPES Congress Program

Outdated due to online congress.

Official language of Congress: English
*interpreters will be provided only for the opening event

Keynote Speakers [pdf]

Conference Schedule [pdf]

Conference Venue
Hokkaido University Conference Hall
Kita 8 Nishi 5, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0811
Campus map

Opening Event (Thursday, August 20, in the afternoon):
Exploring the Meaning of Inheriting Traditional Martial Arts in the Future “Immortal Age”
(free and open to the general public)
Modern society has drastically changed what it means to live a full life. The future of biotechnology and Artificial Intelligence will allow for a theoretically “Immortal Society,” where health, regeneration, and safety are such that people will completely expand the meaning of living a full life. Traditional martial arts offer both a philosophy of life, as well as the skills of death to its adherents. Moreover, since the dawn of civilization, war has shaped individuals, cities, cultures, and nations. How will the future “immortal age” inherit the traditional practices of martial arts? In this event, we will explore the meaning of inheriting traditional martial arts via actual performances, a keynote lecture, and discussion.

Social Program (Saturday, August 22):
Bus Tour (no extra cost; included in registration)
Sapporo Winter Olympic Museum
Sapporo Dome

Optional Tour (Monday, August 24)
Information about the three optional tours is available here [pdf]. Booking for the optional tours can be made from the ISHPES registration page (password protected; will receive password after registering for the 2020 ISHPES Congress).

2020 Congress

SAPPORO, JAPAN • August 22 – 23, 2020


Program & Schedule:

The virtual lobby will open on Wednesday August 19th. To get your congress pass-code, register NOW!

Congress Program and Abstracts (updated on August 7)
Please check for an updated program as we are still making minor changes.

Guideline for Oral Presentation (updated on August 6)
Guideline for Poster Presentation (updated on August 6)


Dear participants of the ISHPES Congress 2020,

As president of ISHPES I want to welcome you to ISHPES’s first online congress. Our decision was a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic which has had such tragic consequences around the world this year. ISHPES had the choice to either not hold a congress this year or to have a virtual conference. The chair of the congress organizing committee, Prof. Dr. Keiko Ikeda, convinced the ISHPES council to take this step into a hitherto unknown sphere. With Bruce Kidd (CAN), Evelise Quitzau (URG) and Martin Polley (UK) we will have excellent international keynote speakers, about 90 academic presentations and many more participants are expected. As usual, all continents will be presented. This enthusiasm and the numbers of interested participants show that it was the right way to go.

Probably, this kind of congress is a novelty for most of us and we will miss the individual discussions, contacts and exchanges after the presentations or during social events. Still, when seen from an academic perspective, it is important for the ISHPES community to hold together during such times of a crisis. An online congress enables us to exchange our research and especially give younger scholars a chance to present their works and include them into our global community. Our Early Career Student Representatives, Dario Nardini and Taro Obayashi have done a great job to develop two sessions for the Early Career students.

I want to express my deep thanks to the congress organizer, Prof. Keiko and her team to take this big challenge and organize this event that works across different time zones. I can only imagine what an effort it is to put together such a broad program and consider everyone’s needs. Another big thank goes to the JSSH (Japan Society of Sport History), for without their support such a congress would not have been possible.

Enjoy the conference!

President of ISHPES
Professor Dr. Annette R. Hofmann

Dear Participants,

The spread of COVID-19 has affected everyone’s overall daily and social life. Our duty in securing people’s health and safety became not only the issue for the congress organizer but also all over the world where international participants live. The original idea of ISHPES 2020 was to provide the opportunity to discuss ‘sport history and interdisciplinary relations’ in the year of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Although the event of the Games was postponed, we are still expecting to discuss the proposed theme this year in our online congress.

The online congress will provide 5 channels composed of various sessions scheduled according to “Western time zone”, “Eastern time zone” and “Universal time zone”, considering each speaker’s local time. We will also have many interesting poster sessions throughout the congress period.

We look forward to the participation of audiences from every country and wish this congress to be the first successful attempt to link sport history scholars through worldwide digital sessions. Let’s enjoy this new experience together with the local Sapporo organizing committee, on August 22nd and 23rd, 2020.

Chief of Organizing Commitee
Professor Dr. Keiko Ikeda, Hokkaido Univerisity

Sport History and Interdisciplinary Relations

Sport history has been closely connected with the various disciplines of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Olympism also reveals the holistic philosophy of education combined with the various social fields. Modern sciences have contributed to the specialization of each discipline; however, this specialization sometimes results in diminishing arguments in a specific field and can obstruct interdisciplinary synthesis. ISHPES 2020 Sapporo attempts to explore a wider view on sport culture as cross-cultural, transnational, and multi-lateral production in nature, as well as indigenous and local components through historical study of sports with interdisciplinary approaches.

Opening Event:
“Exploring the Meaning of Inheriting Traditional Martial Arts in the future “Immortal Age”

Modern society has drastically changed what it means to live a full life. The future of biotechnology and Artificial Intelligence will allow for a theoretically “Immortal Society,” where health, regeneration, and safety are such that people will completely expand the meaning of living a full life. Traditional martial arts offer both a philosophy of life, as well as the skills of death to its adherents. Moreover, since the dawn of civilization, war has shaped individuals, cities, cultures, and nations. How will the future “immortal age” inherit the traditional practices of martial arts? In this event, we will explore the meaning of inheriting traditional martial arts via actual performances, a keynote lecture, and discussion.

Important Dates and Instruction for poster and oral presentation:

  • Poster Presentation: upload your presentation file by August 15. Your poster presentation must be uploaded by PDF within the volume of 10 MB. Your contact email address must follow your name written in the presentation file for the purpose of online discussion. Please upload your file here.
  • A 20-minute Oral Presentation: upload your presentation file by August 15. Oral presentation in terms of Power Point is preferable. However, any media is acceptable including your live performance. You can attach ‘Audio’ or ‘Video’ functions in your Power Point presentation, although it is not necessary to do so. Please keep it in your mind that the audience can watch each recorded oral presentation after your live performance during the whole congress period. Please upload your file here.
  • Confirmation of your presentation on the final schedule is contingent upon receipt of the presenting author’s registration and full payment of fees by July 31st. You must attend online congress and present the paper at the conference in order to be included in the program and the volume of digital abstracts. Registration fees: open from June 12th. Presenting authors are required to register and pay fees by July 31st. At that time, your presentation will be dropped from the program if you are not yet registered with fees and annual ISHPES membership fees paid in full.

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2019 Congress Program


Heather Dichter (De Montfort University, UK)
A New Sport and Politics: The Close Relationship Between International Sport Leaders and Diplomats
Although longtime International Olympic Committee President Avery Brundage and other international sporting leaders publicly insisted on the separation of sport and politics, these same men frequently met with their countries’ diplomats. Through mutual coordination, sporting representatives and government diplomats shared valuable information about countries on the other side of the Iron Curtain and all around the world. Government officials used the information they received from sporting representatives in their diplomatic endeavors, shaping how their foreign service officers engaged with diplomats in their capitals and abroad. Foreign ministries also tried to ensure that sporting representatives factored their official government positions into the courses of action taken within international sport. While these relationships have been considered in terms of national sport politics, their reach goes far beyond a domestic audience. Bringing together files from sport organizations and their representatives with foreign ministry and government records provides new insight into not only international sport and diplomacy during the decades of the Cold War but also how their practitioners engaged with and influenced one another.

Pierre-Olaf Schut (Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée University)
Interaction between the Olympic spirit and the host city: The example of Paris
The Olympic phenomenon is the expression of the globalization of sport. It moves from city to city and engulfs every continent in its specific culture. At the same time, it is entrusted to and appropriated by every city which hosts it and writes its history. This interaction between the Olympic spirit and the territory of the host city is at the heart of the research. The aim is to bring to light the trace left by the Olympics in the host cities and how the cities themselves mark the Olympic movement. What was there in common between the Olympics and Paris in 1900 ,1924, 2024 ? Answering this question also sheds light on the concept of legacy, which is central in the discourse of the International Olympic Committee nowadays. The material dimensions of this legacy as well as the less tangible ones will be addressed, but most of all this legacy will not be viewed as unidirectional. Namely, the presentation will show that not only does the Olympic spirit leave a mark on the territory, but the host city itself also marks the Olympic movement. The results of this work highlight the material elements, especially at the level of sports equipment. But they also address political issues in terms of support of the sports movement and other intangible issues. Rarely discussed in the literature, this research mirrors the effects of the territory on the Olympic spirit and characterizes the French and Parisian influence on the sports movement.

Patricia Vertinsky (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Birmingham, Berkeley and the transition generation: Milestones in the historical development of academic physical education
When A.D.Munrow set out to persuade the UK’s University of Birmingham that physical education was an academic subject worthy of study in 1939, a war time scenario, conservative forces across campus and a physical education profession disunited by gender presented a variety of barriers. Yet in other respects it was an opportune moment for Munrow to forge a unique Department of Physical Education which welcomed scientific enquiry and new approaches to the training of sports skills and techniques while guarding against a cleavage between the sciences and the humanities. His approach differed in emphasis from that of Franklin Henry at the University of California, Berkeley, most especially in his determination to sustain a focus upon the arts as well as the sciences. Sports, he insisted, stand between the poets and the scientists, and he sustained that view on the international stage of physical education as well as in his sensitivity to gender issues. By contrast, Henry’s well known demand in 1964 for higher education to approach physical education from an academic perspective called for a body of knowledge with a significant focus upon science, technology and the testing of physical fitness. It impelled an ongoing debate during the 1960s and 70sthat affected approaches to academic physical education on both sides of the Atlantic, and lead inexorably to an elevation of the sciences over the humanities and the laboratory over the gymnasium.

Hans Bonde (University of Copenhagen)
World Famous Health Apostle I.P. Muller and the Bodily Breakthrough of Modernity
In 1904, the Danish elite sportsman and gymnastics pedagogue, J.P. Müller initiates the first worldwide fitness wave with his book on home gymnastics ‘My System’, which subsequently is published in 26 languages in 1 ½ million copies. In German-speaking cultural circles, the verb “zu müllern” is included in the language and in the UK ‘My System’ becomes the most successful book in early 20th century physical culture. In 1912, Müller starts a successful health clinic in the fashionable street for the medical professions, Dover Street, London, and changes his name from Müller to Muller. The main questions addressed in this paper are: 1) Have I.P. Muller had a previously overlooked role in the breakthrough phase of modern society with regard to a revolt against Victorianism in the form of the cultivation of nudity, outdoor life and deep breathing? 2) Have I.P. Muller had a previously overlooked role in the history of sexology, not least in the form of his bestseller from 1908 ‘Sexual Morals and Happiness’. The presentation will show that sporting history is much more intertwined with the breakthrough of modern society and the development of sexology than previously assumed. Main sources are I.P. Muller’s private archive in the Danish Royal Library, his many publications and 10,000 newspaper articles from different continents.

2019 Accommodation & Transportation

Partner Hotels

Special rates have been negotiated for ISHPES 2019 congress participants. There will be a daily Shuttle Service in the mornings from the partner hotels to Universidad Europea and the same to return at the afternoon.

H10 Tribeca 4*
Single room 125€
Double room 135€
Special rate code: ISHPES
To make a reservation, please email: mentioning ISHPES Congress. If they have availability, they will respect the special rate.

We are Chamartin 4*
Single room: 120€
Double room: 130€
Breakfast included
Special rate code: ISHPES

Senator Castellana 3*
Single room: 60€
Double room: 80€
Breakfast included
To make reservation, call + 34 902 533 532, indicate Group Dept. (option 2 on Answering Machine) or via email:, or
Note reservation is for ISPHES CONGRESS, REF: R1E5

Funway Academic Resort 3* (Student residence)
Single room: 60€
Breakfast included
To make reservation with ISHPES rate, please use this link:

Transportation To Center of Madrid

The capital is connected by air to the main European and American cities, and by road and train to all Spanish cities. The official name of Madrid airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport. It has 4 Terminals at different distances from the city center and is located 15 minutes by light train from the city center and the two main train stations, Atocha and Chamartín, are situated on both ends of the Castellana.

Via Public Transportation:

8 Line (the pink one) connects, in approximately 15 minutes, all the terminals of the airport with the “Nuevos Ministerios” station in the center of Madrid.

There are two metro stations that connect Barajas airport with the city:
Terminals T1-T2-T3 station and Terminal T4 station.

Actually there is the option to get the  Tarjeta Multi, a contactless, transferable smartcard that is valid for 10 years and which is free when you purchase the 1,2, 3, 5 or 7-day Tourist Travel Pass.  It allows you to use all types of public transport in the Region of Madrid.

If you do not wish to acquire a Tourist Travel Pass, you can buy the Tarjeta Multi (2.5€) and simply top it up with pay-per-ride tickets.

Alternative Transportation Options:

There is also a large taxi fleet, who’s prices are also very reasonable. The journey from Barajas airport to the city center comes to around 30 euros by taxi, depending of the area you are staying.

To plan your trip to Madrid, you can visit:

To check on airlines and flight information, you can visit:

Transportation to Universidad Europea

There will be a daily Shuttle Service in the mornings from our Partners Hotels to Universidad Europea and the same to return at the afternoon.

Transportation for individuals who do not take the shuttle bus:

The access to the Villaviciosa de Odón Campus is straightforward, with regular bus routes:
•    From Príncipe Pío: Line 518 Príncipe Pío- Villaviciosa de Odón
•    From Móstoles: Line 519 Móstoles – Villaviciosa de Odón
•    From Alcorcón: Line 510 Alcorcón – Villaviciosa de Odón

If you have a car, this are the GPS coordinates: 40.372, -3.915 and the address Tajo Street, Villaviciosa de Odón, 28670, Madrid. In addition we can offer a large private parking lot with constant surveillance.

If you want to take a taxi prices are between 50 € and 60 € from downtown to the Universidad Europea.

2018 Accommodation & Transportation

Conference Venue

Congress venue: Franz-Hitze-Haus

  • just ten minutes away from the city center – by bike or bus. The bus is free for congress participants
  • The Franz-Hitze-Haus is distinctly “gemütlich” (cosy and pleasant), convenient and ideal for the purposes of our ISHPES congress
  • Only 20 rooms available

Website (website in German)

ISHPES Congress discounted package:
Single room: 70 €
Double room: 100 € (50 € / person)
Breakfast is included in the Congress rate at the Franz-Hitze-Haus.

Information on booking a room at the Franz-Hitze-Haus will be provided soon.

Other Hotel Options

The Muenster Tourism Office can provide assistance with accommodation. Any hotels can be booked directly via Mrs. Freund, and she can also give personal advice with hotel bookings.

Phone: +49 (0)251 492 27 26

There is a special reservation and rate for participants of the ISHPES congress. Please mention the keyword “ISHPES 2018” when you contact Mrs. Freund, or use the link for the discounted rates at the bottom. Discounted rates are valid until June 20.

Movenpick Hotel (close to conference venue)
The Möwenpick Hotel is a 4 star superior hotel, spacious and comfortable, located directly at the lovely Lake Aasee. The conference site can be reached easily by foot: just over the road, approximately a two minute walk away, makes it a very convenient place to stay for conference visitors.
Discount link below

Youth Hostel (low budget)
The Youth hostel – a low budget option – is located on the opposite side of Lake Aasee, about a 20 minutes walk to Franz-Hitze-Haus. It takes about 9 minutes by bike to get there. About a 10 minutes walk to the city center. Check for current prices at the Youth Hostel.
Insider tip: If you don´t have a youth hostel card and don´t want to purchase one, you might want to check out the special rates for Münster Youth Hostel on or Expedia. The cheapest option is to book a shared room/multibed room. If you are 26 years old or younger a four-bed room costs 32,90€ per night, breakfast inclusive.

Nordstern-Hostel (low budget)
Nordstern Hostel is located in a very picturesque neighborhood – the Kreuzviertel. It is a standard hostel with a good-priced policy. About a 10 minutes walk to the city center it is attractive for those who want to explore the city. It is a 30 minutes walk to the Franz-Hitze Haus, 8 minutes by bike and about 10 minutes by bus.

Information on booking
If you are looking for a place to stay in Münster during the ISHPES congress, please refer to the links below. Besides, we have listed a choice of hotels and hostels.

For reservation or booking there are two options: you might either want to look for a good standard or luxury place to stay located near the conference site or you might be looking for a good-priced place. In either way we have provided you discount rates at local hotels and hostels you can get access to via the links below.

The websites are available in German and English. For details or if you have any questions or problems concerning booking please directly contact the tourist office of Münster Marketing:
service-phone: +49 (0)251 492 27 26
languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch
On request Münster Marketing will be happy to book a hotel or hostel for you.

Discount rates of higher-priced hotels*: CLICK HERE (includes Movenpick discount rate)

Discount rates of holiday apartments/B&B*: CLICK HERE

*By using the links the system automatically identifies congress participants, enabling the access of special discount rates. Hotel rooms that are not booked via Early Bird link maintain for regular registration.

Transportation To Munster

From Münster train station:
Take bus line 2 (direction “Alte SSternwarte“) or alternatively line 34 until stop “Franz–Hitze-Haus“
Take bus line 11, 12, 13, 14 or 22 until stoop “Jungeblodtplatz”
From there 500m (10 minute) walk to the congress venue Franz-Hitze-Haus

By car:
Via highway A 1 or A 43, from highway crossing Münster-Süd (A1/A 43) via Weseler Straße to the city centre until Koldering (left)

Via highway A1 exit Münster-Nord (A1) via Steinfurter Straße until Orleans-Ring (right). Parking next to the venue Franz-Hitze-Haus

By Taxi:
A taxi from the main station to the congress venue Franz-Hitze-Haus costs about 13

Via Münster-Osnabrück (FMO) airport:
Please take a taxi to the venue or a public bus to train station Münster

Via major international airports:
Please take the trains to Muenster/Westf.

Public transportation during Congress
At the reception desk of the congress venue Franz-Hitze-Haus all registered participants get a bus ticket for city transportation during the conference (including transportation to the main station at the departure day)  

2018 Congress Information

2018 Congress • July 18 – 21, 2018
Münster, Germany
Sport for all — history of a vision around the world

The 2018 ISHPES Congress takes place in the city of Münster, situated in Westphalia, Germany. Westphalia is a western region of Germany close to the Netherlands. Münster contains approximately 350,000 inhabitants, including about 50,000 students. Münster is well known as a green and ecological “bicycle city”.

The Institute of Sports Science from the University of Münster is the host organization for the 2018 Congress. If you want to get an impression of the University of Münster you can watch this video (in English).

The Department of Sport Pedagogy and Sport History, managed by Prof. Michael Krüger and Dr. Kai Reinhart, is at the Institute of Sport Science of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität zu Münster (WWU Münster).

Call for Papers for 2018 ISHPES Congress

Submit congress abstracts HERE (submissions now closed)

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