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Summer School 2018

Enhancing research on Physical Activity and Sport in Human and Social Science Perspective

International Summer School for Young Researchers – Course for PhD Students

Date: 2- 6 July 2018
Place: Department of Sports Sciences, University of Paris-Est, France

Organised during ten years at the university of Copenhagen, the International Summer School for young researchers takes place in Paris since 2016. For the third time, the university Paris-Est hosts students and teachers from all over the world for a summer school based on exchanges between scholars.

Aims and topic
The Summer School 2018 is dedicated to young researchers in human and social sciences whose work on all subject linked to physical activity and sport. These subjects cover a broad area, which allows experts and students to share experiences and expertise in their respective fields of research. During the last decades, physical activities and sport have played an increasing role in the public discourse, at least in Western countries. Sport for all and elite sport are in the centre of public attention, both promising benefits for individuals and societies. Health and well-being, education and social integration, entertainment, national presentation and identity are some of the assets which are currently discussed in connection with physical activities and sport. However, it is an open question if and under what conditions sport can meet these expectations. Here, it has to be taken into consideration that sport has many faces and that sport cultures differ dependent on traditions and current political, economic and social situations in the various countries and regions.

The Summer School provides a space to share information on research, theories and methods as well as to exchange ideas and knowledge about current tendencies and “hot issues” in the multiple arenas of physical activities and sports.

The Summer School will provide a forum, which enables communication, networks and cooperation among the participants, students as well as lecturers.

The course is addressed to PhD students and young researchers and intends to support them in their scientific work. It offers students the opportunity of acquiring new knowledge, of presenting their research, of discussing problems, of obtaining advice from experts and of building up networks. It is intended to help young researchers to become integrated into the scientific community.

In keynote lectures, experts will address important questions, new approaches, problems and strategies of research, current trends and major issues in the area of sport ideologies, policies and practices. They will also be available for discussions and individual supervision. In addition, there will be workshops and panel discussions on relevant themes. All students will have the opportunity to present their own projects and get feedback from experts and other students. Papers with the main outlines of these projects must be submitted in advance and will be accessible on the Summer School Website.

The Summer School will take place in collaboration with the International Societies for Sport History (ISHPES).

A certificate of attendance will be delivered to each participant.

Lecturers from Paris-Est
Cécile Collinet
Matthieu Delalandre
Jérémy Pierre
Pierre-Olaf Schut

Guest lecturers
Gertrud Pfister, university of Copenhaguen, Denmark
Reinhard Stelter, university of Copenhaguen, Denmark
Anne-Marie Elbe, president of the European Federation of Sport Psychology, Germany
Gerald Gems, North Central College, USA
And other lecturers

Selection of students
Participants are expected to be PhD students or young researchers (e.g. planning a PhD) working on a project in the field of human and social sport sciences. They will be selected according to the relevance of the topic and the quality of the project. The number of students will be around 20 and the Summer School aims to include participants from various countries and cultures.

General information
Travel and accommodation have to be paid by the participants.
The course fee covers participation in the course including social time, 5 lunches and 1 dinner.

Course fee
150€ for participants.

Call for application
Please, fill in the online application form at
Deadline: March 1st, 2018.
Applicants will be informed of their acceptance at the end of March.

For any questions:
Pierre-Olaf Schut