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2019 Congress

MADRID, SPAIN • July 14 – 17, 2019

Milestones in the Histories of Sport and Physical Culture

Photo by Florian Wehde on Unsplash

The 2019 ISHPES Congress takes place in the city of Madrid, the capital of Spain. Madrid is the largest city in the country with a population of more than 3 million inhabitants.

The Universidad Europea de Madrid with the Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón will be the host University and Venue for the 2019 Congress.

The local organizing committee will be Gerardo Bielons, Director of Events GB and Teresa Gómez Aja  from the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid


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Congress Fees

Early Bird Registration Congress Fees (until May 31, 2019)
ISHPES members: 270€
Early Career Scholars: 150€
ISHPES non members: 320€
Accompanying person: 100€

Regular Registration Congress Fees (from June 1, 2019):
ISHPES members: 340€
Early Career Scholars: 200€
ISHPES non members: 390€
Accompanying person: 150€

All presenters MUST be an ISHPES member. Not a member? Join ISHPES now.

The Congress fee includes:

  • Admission to all sessions
  • Congress materials
  • Welcome reception with drinks and finger food
  • All coffee breaks
  • Lunches
  • Social evening including drinks and dinner
  • Visit to Real Madrid Stadium

Early Career Scholars are encouraged to apply for Gigliola Gori Early Career Scholar Award and the Gerd von der Lippe Early Career Scholar Fund. Early Career Scholars presenting at the Congress are eligible for Routledge Early Career Scholar Presentation Award. Click on the Early Career Scholars tab for more information about these programs.

Keynote Speakers

Heather Dichter is an Associate Professor of Sport Management and Sport History at De Montfort University in Leicester, England, and also a member of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture. She is a European and diplomatic historian working on international sport. She has published on the sport and physical education during the postwar occupation of Germany, as well as Olympic bids. She is currently working on a book about NATO, Cold War diplomacy, and the bidding for the 1968 Olympic Games. Dr. Dichter is a council member of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport, the European regional editor for The International Journal of the History of Sport, and is the book review editor for The Journal of Sport History. (ISHPES AWARD WINNER)

Pierre-Olaf Schut is Professor of Sports History at Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée University in France. He has published some fifty articles and chapters on the history of outdoor sports, sports policies and Olympism. An active member of the ISHPES, he organized the Society’s congress in Paris in 2016. He has also taken over the International Summer School for Young Researchers initiated by Gertrud Pfister at the University of Copenhagen, and will conduct its 4th edition in 2019. He is also a member of the European editorial board of the International Journal of the History of Sport published by Routledge and contributes to the writing of the Journal Watch on the H-Sport portal. (ROUTLEDGE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AWARD WINNER)

Patricia Vertinsky is a Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia in Canada. She is a social and cultural historian working across the fields of women and gender history with a special interest in the transnational flows of physical culture, physical education and modern dance. Her recent work focuses on an historical analysis of women’s physical education in England and Canada including the role – and fate- of movement education. She is particularly interested in the spread and provenance of various exercise regimes in the late 19th and 20th centuriesas well as the study of normalizing disciplinary practices in kinesiology and sport and exercise science on both sides of the Atlantic. Dr. Vertinsky is an International Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology, Vice-President of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport, and Past-President of the North American Society of Sport History.

Hans Bonde is a Danish historian specialized in the cultural history of the body, masculinity, politics and national identity. Publications in English as sole author include Gymnastics and Politics (2006), Niels Bukh – a Visual Documentation (DVD, 2007), Football with the Foe (2008), The Politics of the Male Body in Global Sport – the Danish Involvement (2010).

Conference Accommodation and Transportation Information

2019 Congress Scientific Committee

Annette R. Hofmann (chair) (Ludwigsburg University of Education, Germany)
Francois Cleophas (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Gerald Gems (North Central College, United States)
Keiko Kikeda (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Malcolm Maclean (University of Gloucestershire, Great Britain)
Patricia Vertinsky (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Pierre-Olaf Schut (University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France)
Russell Field (University of Manitoba, Canada)
Teresa González Aja (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
Tomaz.Pavlin (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)