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Executive Council


Pierre-Olaf Schut


  • PhD (2005) on the history of speleology at the University of Lyon, France.
  • 2010-2018 Assistant Professor at the Department of Sport Sciences of the University Gustave Eiffel, France.
  • Since 2018 Professor at the University Gustave Eiffel, France.
  • Routledge ISHPES award in 2019 and Fellow of CESH since 2021.
  • Associate Editor of the Sport History Review.
  • Main areas of research: outdoor activities and tourism, sport facilities and town planning, Olympic history

Vice Presidents

Keiko Ikeda

Professor Dr Keiko Ikeda

Hokkaido University, Japan

  • Professor 2015 – Pressent at Hokkaido University, Japan / Professor 2012-2014 & Associate Professor 1998-2011 at Yamaguchi University, Japan.
  • Ph.D. 1995, Pre-Victorian Sport: Pierce Egan’s ‘Sporting World’ (Tokyo: Fumaido Publishing Co., 1996).
  • Awards: The University President Award, 2017, Hokkaido University; Distinguished Professor, 2009 & The University President Award, 2009, Yamaguchi University.
  • Visiting Fellow at De Montfort University, the UK, 2010.
  • Visiting Fellow at The University of Warwick, the UK, 1997- 1998.
  • Main areas of research: Nineteenth century British sport history & Japanese sport history, transnational history of sports

Russell Field

University of Manitoba, Canada

  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba (Canada)
  • PhD (2008) on the history of ice hockey spectators in the 1930s at the University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Publications include: The History and Politics of Sport-for-Development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019); Playing for Change (editor, University of Toronto Press, 2016)
  • Main areas of research: sport and activism, history from below/people’s history, visual culture

Malcolm MacLean

University of Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Malcolm MacLean is a settler scholar working in historical studies with a background in anthropology and sociology. His research deals with post- and de-colonial cultures in settler colonial settings, social movements and international coercive policy instruments including cultural boycotts and sanctions. He has worked for many years on issues of play and is a founder of the Philosophy at Play network. He is a former Chair of the British Society for Sports History and is active in the North American Society for Sports History. He has considerable experience in higher education governance and with particular expertise in issues of research ethics and integrity. Malcolm works in the Doctoral College at the University of Wales Trinity St David, and holds posts as Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland, Research Fellow in the International Centre for the History and Culture of Sport at De Montfort University and Senior Research Associate at the University of Gibraltar.

Like many aging academics, he has an occasionally up to date website at

General Secretary

Sandie Beaudouin

University Gustave Eiffel, France

  • Since 2018 : lecturer at the Department of Sport Sciences of the University Gustave Eiffel, France.
  • PHD (2016) in sport history. Title : « The nautical suburbs : urbanization, leisure, sports on the riverside called Marne, 1850-1910 ».
  • Research interests : development of nautical practices, nautical tourism, land use planning, olympic history.

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

Evelise Amgarten Quitzau, Instituto Superior de Educación Física, Uruguay
Francois Cleophas, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Russell Field, University of Manitoba, Canada
Keiko Ikeda, Hokkaido University, Japan
Michael Krüger, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität of Münster, Germany
Malcolm MacLean, University of Gloucestershire, Great Britain
Tomaž Pavlin, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Patricia Vertinsky, University of British Columbia, Canada