CFP, CESH 2024, Paris-Nanterre 4-6 June 2024

Dear CESH Members and Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you of the opening of the call for papers for the 27th CESH International Congress at the University of Paris Nanterre on 4-6 June 2024 on the topic: “Making World(s). Sport Globalization & Olympism”. This congress is organised by the research centres ISP (Institute of Social Sciences of Politics, UMR 7220) and IDHE.S (Institutions and Historical Dynamics of Economy and Society, UMR 8533).


Please find bellow the call for papers.


The congress webpage is now available in English and in French.


For further informations, please contact: and/or

Looking forward to welcoming you,

With our sincere and warmest regards,

For the Organizing Committee,

Dr Pascal Charitas

University lecturer

Sports historian, member of ISP (UMR 7220)

UFR STAPS, University of Paris Nanterre

Alice Milliat Building/Max Weber Building

200 Avenue de la République

92000 Nanterre (France)

CESH 2025 congress awarded to Salerno (It)

The 28th Congress of CESH will be held at the University of Salerno, Italy.

Dates will be in September 2025. Details will be published in due time.

Many thanks to Erminio Fonzo.

German-Italian Sports Relationships event, 7 Oct 2023, Cologne (D)

On Saturday 7 October 2023, 12-1:30 PM, an event will take place on:

Italia-Germania in dieci istantanee. Storie di una relazione sportiva e sentimentale

Sport in den Beziehungen zwischen Italien und Deutschland

CESH members welcome!

Venue: Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Universitätsstrasse 81

50931 Köln (Germany)

German presentation:

Italian presentation:

L’Istituto italiano di cultura di Colonia in collaborazione con l’European Committee for Sports History, sabato 7 ottobre 2023, accoglierà undici dei maggiori studiosi di storia dello sport italiana, che in 90 minuti ripercorreranno le tappe più significative della relazione tra Italia e Germania. In ogni disciplina sportiva, la competizione tra questi due paesi ha assunto un valore importante sul piano diplomatico e su quello sentimentale, coinvolgendo non solo la classe politica, ma anche milioni di appassionati, i quali hanno visto in questi incontri un significato altro, volto a connaturare la propria dimensione identitaria nel segno della comune appartenenza all’Unione Europea. Per ognuno degli undici studiosi coinvolti, c’è stato un evento che meglio degli altri ha caratterizzato questo rapporto. Senza conoscere quale, secondo gli altri colleghi, sia stato tale avvenimento, questi dieci ricercatori si sfideranno, cercando di convincere il pubblico che l’episodio da loro raccontato sia l’icona reale della relazione sportiva tra i due paesi. Si assisterà, perciò, ad un “boxeo” storico-sportivo, che coinvolgerà il pubblico in un affascinante percorso a ritroso durante il quale verranno rievocati i più importanti momenti caratterizzanti le relazioni tra Italia e Germania, dando un importante contributo alla riflessione sul ruolo della cultura popolare nei rapporti tra le due nazioni.


Fabien Archambault (Université Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne)

Daphné Bolz (Université de Rouen Normandie)

Clément Luy (École normale supérieure de Lyon & Université de Rouen Normandie)

Eleonora Belloni (Università di Siena)

Erminio Fonzo (Università di Salerno)

Deborah Guazzoni (Società italiana di storia dello sport)

Nicola Sbetti (Università di Bologna)

Daniele Serapiglia (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Juan Antonio Simón (INEF-Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)

Francesca Tacchi (Università di Firenze)

Lorenzo Venuti (Università di Firenze)

2023 CESH Award Competition

The call for the 2023 CESH Early Career Research Award competition is now open.

The deadline for submitting a paper is 17 September 2023.

Please read the attached regulations carefully.

Publication: A History of Sport in Europe in 100 Objects (2023)

With great pleasure we announce the publication of the book A History of Sport in Europe in 100 Objects (eds. Daphné Bolz & Michael Krüger), Hildesheim, Arete, 2023, ISBN: 978-3-96423-107-9


Many CESH members participated in this project. Do not hesitate to spread the word and invite your libraries to order it.


CESH Congress in Cologne, 4-6/10/2023

Thanks to Jürgen Mittag and his team and to the participants for an excellent congress in Cologne! It was fabulous to have you there.

CESH 2023 webpage.


ESSH Vol 13 is out

Vol 13 of the CESH journal European Studies in Sports History was published in December 2022. CESH members will get a free printed copy !

Call for papers for The Journal of the Latin American Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport

Special Issue: “A Controversial Half Century of Education Through Sport (1970-2022)”, directed by Jean Saint-Martin (U. of Strasbourg, France)

The editorial committee of the journal ALESDE is pleased to invite you to participate in the special issue dedicated to the history of education through sport (to be published in the second half of 2023).

This special issue critically questions the evolution of education through sport from the 1970s to the present day. It is a matter of questioning particularly the issues underlying the transformations in the teaching of education through sport, whether the teaching of physical education or the evolution of sport in the school institution, as well as education through sports projects developed outside the school institution or within the framework of sports federations and other entities, as well as sports policies.

This special issue will accept articles written in French, Spanish, English, and Portuguese. Abstract  before February 28, 2023 (noon).

Funded doctoral opportunities at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University, UK

by Martin Polley

The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership <> (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.

M4C is awarding new doctoral studentships for UK and International applicants for 2023 entry through Open Competition and Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors.

De Montfort University’s (DMU) International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) is a world-leading centre for the study of all aspects of sports history, and we are keen to hear from potential doctorial students who would like to apply to study with us under the Midlands4Cities programme. Our members specialise in a range of themes and approaches to the history of sport, and we have a dynamic body of doctoral students whose work covers chess, the outdoor movement, women’s football, folk dance, boxing, race and ethnicity in sport, emotional histories of sport, sports diplomacy, and much more. We are active in hosting and attending conferences and research seminars, and we have excellent networks with the North American Society of Sport History (NASSH), the British Society of Sports History (BSSH), the European Committee for Sports History (CESH), and the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES). The ICSHC has strong links with DMU’s Special Collections, which houses a number of unique sport archives, including England Boxing, the Alpine Ski Club, the Ski Club of Great Britain, the English Chess Federation, the Sir Norman Chester papers relating to the Football Trust, the Special Olympics (Leicester), the British Basketball league, Leicester Tigers RFC, Leicestershire Tennis and Squash club, the British Society of Sports History, and the papers of sports historians Tony Mason and architectural historian Simon Inglis.

ICSHC invites applications from well-qualified students whose research interests connect with our expertise in:

  – the Olympic Games and international sport
  – North American sport
  – sport in Europe
  – Cold War sport
  – sport and diplomacy/international relations
  – sport and photography
  – sport heritage
  – sport and the environment
  – sport and war/occupation
  – history of football in Britain and beyond
  – history of boxing in Britain and beyond
  – global/ transnational sports histories
  – women’s sports history
  – histories of sport, race and ethnicity
  – local and community histories of sport
  – medical and scientific histories of sport
  – sport and the body

See our supervisors’ interests here: