August 2017 President’s Report

Dear ISHPES Members,
We are starting a new period in our society. As you all know we just elected a new council and the president. I would like to thank you all for participating in the election process and especially Scott Martyn (University of Windsor, CAN) who as a non ISHPES member supported us in having a neutral election process. It was the second time now that we had an online election. I am pleased that it worked so well.

I also like to welcome the “new” council members and the Early Career Scholar Representative, which is shared this year.

The next step will be to elect the three Vice Presidents which will be done the next weeks by the new council. We will keep you informed about the results.

One of the main works for the future are our conferences but also to spread sport history and establish a global network among international colleagues. Moreover we want to encourage PhD students in their work on sport historical topics and provide support.

Please if you have any issues that you want the council to discuss then tell us.

I also like to take the opportunity and give some insight on our last congress in Alexandria, Egypt. It was excellently organized by Prof. Maha Ebeid and her colleagues. Due to their efforts we also gained a number of new members. A more elaborate report can be found on the ISHPES homepage.

Still let me mention a few things: Our long-time member Malcolm McLean received the ISHPES Award and gave a keynote on “Sporting masculinities from the edge of empire. A prolegomena on decolonizing sport history”.

This time no Gigliola Gori Award was given to an Early Career Scholar because of a lack of contribution. We hope that this will be different again next year. The award is very attractive: 1000€. However, we were able give the Routledge Book Prize to the best presentation of an Early Career Scholar to Aad Haverkamp (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands) and Zineb Belmaati Cherkaoui (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense). Throughout the last years we had some very good papers and excellent presentations which made it quite difficult to make out the winner(s).

Before I end, I would like to thank our colleagues from the University of Münster, Germany, who are organizing our next congress in 2018. I want to especially thank Prof. Dr. Michael Krüger for his uncomplicated communication and for taking over this congress which originally was planned in Turkey. Due to political issues the ISHPES council decided to not hold the conference there, but in some other years we are happy to reconsider Turkey.

Enjoy your summer!
Annette Hofmann
ISHPES President