Executive Council


Annette Hofmann, Germany (president@ishpes.org)

PhD (2000) on “German Turnen in the United States”.
M.A. degree in American Studies and Sport Sciences at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
1999-2005 Assistant Professor at the Department of Sport Science of the University of Münster, Germany.
Since 2006 Professor for Sport Pedagogy at the Ludwigsburg University of Education in Germany.

ISHPES and CESH Young Scholar Awards, and Fellow of CESH.
Vice President of the German Gymnastic Federation (Deutsche Turner-Bund).
Academic Editor (Europe) of the International Journal of the History of Sport (IJSH)

Main areas of research: Integration in sports, ethnicity and sports, American sports, sport and the ill body, gender studies and various aspects of skiing.

Vice Presidents

Keiko Ikeda, Hokkaido University, Japan

PhD (1995) on Pre-Victorian Sport: Pierce Egan’s Sporting World, Tokyo
Awards: Distinguished Professor (2009) at Yamaguchi University & The University President Award (2017) at Hokkaido University
Board director, The Japan Society of Sport History (JSSH), 2006-9
Board director, The Historical Research Section of Japanese Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences (JSPEHSS), 2007-2010
Board director, Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Sciences (ACESS), 2007-2010
Review Editor, International Journal of the History of Sport (IJHS), October 2012-present
Recent article: “The Itinerary to Explore Headwaters of the New Left’s Cultural Studies,” in IJHS (forthcoming, 2017).
Main Fields: Pre-Victorian British Sport History, Comparative Sport History between the UK and Japan, Transnational Perspectives through Gender Issues, Fascism and Imperialism on Sport

Malcolm MacLean, The University of Queensland (Australia) & De Montfort University (Great Britain)

PhD (2004) Confronting Foundational Myths: Apartheid, Rugby and the Post-Colonising of Aotearoa/New Zealand, University of Queensland, Australia
MA in History (1994) Thesis title Wellington’s Class Prison: Holloway Road, 1919-1939. Steps Towards and Analysis of the Material Basis of Working Class Daily Life, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
BA, Anthropology (1982) Massey University, New Zealand
2013: Reader in the Culture & History of Sport, Faculty of Applied Science, University of Gloucestershire
ISHPES Award 2017; Routledge Award, ISHPES Congress 2013
Chair, British Society of Sports History 2007-11; New Zealand Studies Association, International Academic Council; 2011-
Principal research interests: The colonial practice and identities in sport, principally indigenous and subaltern colonial peoples, sport focused political activism

Patricia Vertinsky, University of British Columbia, Canada

Distinguished University Scholar and Professor in the School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada).
She is a social and cultural historian working across the fields of women’s history, sport history and sociology, popular culture and the history of health and medicine. Her expertise lies in the study of normalizing disciplinary regimes in kinesiology and sport science and the social, political, and scientific context in which they have been conceived and promoted . Dr Vertinsky was the first Canadian woman to become a Fellow of the Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Past-President of the North American Society of Sport History, Vice-President of the International Society for Physical Education and Sport History and Fellow of the European Committee for Sport History. She was recently awarded an honorary Doctorate degree at the University of Copenhagen

General Secretary

Sandra Heck, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Research and development specialist with the Research Unit Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) at the University of Luxembourg
University Teaching Award and Certificate for outstanding performance in teaching at the University of Koblenz-Landau (both 2018/2019), Dr. Klaus Marquardt-Prize (2013), and ISHPES Early Career Scholar Award (2009)
PhD in Sport Science at the Ruhr-University Bochum (“summa cum laude”) (2012)
Teaching Certification (Zweites Staatsexamen) at the Studienseminar Mainz (2008)
Master in Sport Science, Educational Sciences and Geography (Erstes Staatsexamen) at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (2005)
Previously taught at University of Queensland (Australia), University Claude Bernard (France), Justus-Liebig-University (Germany), and Ludwigsburg University of Education (Germany).
Elected into the Council for Sport History of the German Society of Sport Science (2015).
National Delegate for Germany in the Fédération Internationale de l’Education Physique (FIEP)
Executive Board member of the European Physical Education Association (EUPEA)
Executive Board member, International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)

Early Career Scholar Representatives

Dario Nardini, University of Florence, Italy

PhD candidate, Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Milano-Bicocca
MA in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Siena (2014). Bachelor in History, University of Siena (2010).
2017-2018 Visiting Scholar, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University (Australia)

2016 ISHPES Routledge Early Career Scholar Presentation Award. 2015 ISHPES Gigliola Gori Junior Scholar Award. Editorial Assistant, Journal of Extreme Anthropology. Premio Etnographica 2016 for the best Anthropological MA dissertation/PhD thesis. 2015 “Stefano Benetton” Dissertation Award

Research interests: the anthropology of sport; physical activities and collective identity; masculinities in sport; surfing; wrestling; symbolical references of sporting cultures; cultural heritage; narrativization of sport history

Taro Obayashi, University of Tsukuba, Japan

PhD candidate, University of Tsukuba
Assistant Professor, University of Tsukuba

Previously, Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2015-2017)
MA (2015), University of Peloponnese, International Olympic Academy, Greece
MA (2013), University of Tsukuba, Japan
Recent article: “Recovery from the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 through Sport Events in Tokyo, Japan,” in International Journal of the History of Sport

Main Fields: History of P.E and Sport in Japan, the Olympics, Disaster Recovery

Council Members

Francois Cleophas, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Heather Dichter
, De Montfort University, Great Britain
Russell Field, University of Manitoba, Canada
Gerald Gems, North Central College, United States
Teresa González-Aja, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Susanna Hedenborg, Malmö University, Sweden
Keiko Ikeda, Hokkaido University, Japan
Mei-Chun Lin, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwain
Michael Krüger, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität of Münster, Germany
Malcolm MacLean, University of Gloucestershire, Great Britain
Rudolf Müllner, University of Vienna, Austria
Tomaž Pavlin, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Gertrud Pfister, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Pierre-Olaf Schut, Gustave Eiffel University, France
Patricia Vertinsky
, University of British Columbia, Canada

ISHPES Past Presidents