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Skispuren Ski tracks: International Conference on the History of Winter Sports 2015

“Ski tracks” is the name of an international conference which will focus on the history of winter sport and especially the traditions of skiing. It takes place from 10th to 14th December 2015 in the Ski Austria Academy in St. Christoph am Arlberg. The conference will conclude an exhibition project in Tyrol and Vorarlberg entitled “ARLBERG. Pass.Region.Marke”. The location was chosen deliberately: In the former Bundessportheim St. Christoph significant Austrian ski pioneers as Hannes Schneider, Ernst Janner, Stefan Kruckenhauser and Franz Hoppichler developed their methods of instruction.

At the same time the network meeting for Austrian sports history, SPORTHISTNET, will be organized.

The conference languages are German and English.


  • Cultures of winter sports/of skiing
  • Winter Sports/Skiing and economy
  • Winter Sports/Skiing and media
  • Alpine and international history of skiing
  • Personalities of skiing
  • History of alpine ski racing
  • The role of the Arlberg in the international history of skiing
  • Gender aspects of the history of skiing
  • Skiing and politics
  • Open Papers

Keynote speakers (inquiries)

Dr. Annette Hofmann, ISHPES-President and Professor at the University of Ludwigsburg
Dr. E. John B. Allen, professor emeritus of history at Plymouth State University, USA
Dr. Bernhard Tschofen, Professor of popular cultures University of Zurich


Museumsverein Klostertal, Christof Thöny, Arlbergstraße 60a, 6752 Wald am Arlberg


Conference location

Ski Austria Akademie, St. Christoph 10, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg,

Conference fees

Hotel costs: 105 Euros per night (including all meals)

Conference fees: 80 Euros, including:
– Full participation in the conference program
– Participants delivering a presentation/paper: Printed report; special price for other participants
– Social programme (Welcome party, Dinner night, bus trip to St. Anton, Lech and Stuben)
– Souvenirs and surprises


ISHPES (International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport)
University of Vienna, Center for Sport Science and University Sports
Vorarlberg Museum, Bregenz
Montafon museums, Schruns
Ski Club Arlberg

Call for Papers Timeline

October 15, 2015 – Deadline for Abstract Submission
November 1, 2015 – Deadline for registrations
March 1, 2016 – Submission of Manuscripts
Summer 2016 – Publication of selected manuscripts

If you are interested in presenting a paper you are invited to submit an abstract of max. 250 words. It should include title, the research question, the methodology as well as a brief description of the topic incl. five keywords. Abstracts can be submitted in German and English.

Abstracts should be sent to:

More information soon: