Summer School in History and Sociology of Sport, Paris 22-26 of June, 2020

CESH joins ISHPES, SFHS and the universities De Montfort (Leicester), Westfälische Wilhelms (Münster) and Wien to support the call for applications for the International Summer School for Young Researchers in history and sociology of sport, to be held at Paris from 22nd to 26th of June, 2020.


The meeting gathers a team of renowned scholars from various countries and will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about state of the art theories and methods, to exchange information, e.g. on research projects, and build an international network. CESH will actively participate in the meeting.


If you are a PhD student or a young researcher and want to participate, fill out the form: sport


Deadline for applications: March 1st, 2020


For more information, you can reply by email to Pierre-Olaf Schut at


Call for applications: 2020 Summer School First Announcement


Funded PhD opportunity at the Montfort University

De Montfort University’s International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) and the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) are pleased to announce a Midlands 4 Cities funded PhD project, “From Stoke Mandeville 1944 to London 2012: Photography and the Making of the Paralympic Community in Britain”.

This PhD project, which will be under the direction of Dr. Beatriz Pichel (PHRC) and Dr. Heather Dichter (ICSHC), is a Collaborative Doctoral Award in conjunction with the National Paralympic Heritage Trust (NPHT) and funded through the Midlands 4 Cities scheme. This PhD opportunity is open to applicants from the UK and EU. Please consult the M4C website for more information about the application process.

This project is timely with the NPHT’s recent opening of the museum and coincides with the Paralympics, starting just after the 2020 Paralympics close and finishing as the Paris Paralympics happen in 2024 and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which include para-sports.

Read the full details about this project here.

Questions about this project can be directed to Dr. Beatriz Pichel at or Dr. Heather Dichter at

Great success of the 2019 CESH Congress in Lausanne

It was a great pleasure to be in Lausanne for the CESH 2019 congress.

Many thanks to Patrick Clastres, Quentin Tonnerre and all their team from the University of Lausanne for this successful congress. Thanks also to the participants and speakers for their contributions to get a so stimulating scientific event. Great experience to have the annual Gala Dinner at the Olympic Museum Café.


We are looking forward to meeting you again in Lisbon next year.


The Directing Council of CESH


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Congress of Youth and Winter Sports. University of Lausanne (Switzerland) on January 7th and 8th, 2020

Patrick Clastres (Université de Lausanne) would like to cordially invite CESH members to the Congress of Youth and Winter Sports which will be held at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland on January 7th and 8th, 2020.

The congress is organized with partnership of the EPFL, CHUV, and SmartMove network in collaboration with the IOC – Olympic Center Studies and ThinkSport.

In the days preceding the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics, we welcome you to join us for a multidisciplinary scientific program with special focus on young elite athletes and winter sport. The combination of research institutes and international sport organizations in a winter sport environment will allow for networking and collaborative ideas to be shared while gaining momentum for the future of youth sport.

Our highlighted international keynote speakers include: Andrew Denning (USA), Erich Müller (Austria), Hans-Christer Holmberg (Sweden), Holger Preuss (Germany), Oyvind Sandbakk (Norway), Stépahne Bouthiaux (France), and Milena Parent (Canada) of whom will share insight into many aspects of winter sport and success in the development of youth athletes.

Please note, the abstract deadline is rapidly approaching: October 15th, 2019
Follow this link to submit an abstract:

Special consideration: The top 10 presentations from the Congress will have the opportunity to be included in a special Research Topic “Youth and Winter Sports” and will be published for free in the journal ‘Frontiers in Sports and Active Living’

Please find supporting information about the congress including information on the disciplinary sections of social sciences, technology, and physiology-medicine, along with abstract submission, registration, and logistics via the following website:

For inquiries, please contact us via email at

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Organizers of the Congress of Youth and Winter Sports 2020




Seminar of Research (Autumn 2019). Centre d’Études Olympiques et de la Globalisation du Sport (CEO&GS). Université de Lausanne

Our dear CESH members, Patrick Clastres and Quentin Tonnerre, give us information about the autumn conferences at the Centre d’Études Olympiques et de la Globalisation du Sport (CEO&GS) at the Université de Lausanne.


Find attached the programme of conferences for November and December 2019.




International workshop: Children and Physical Culture in Imperial and Soviet Russia. Nantes, 29-20 April, 2020

Sylvain Dufraisse gives us this information for CESH members:


Children and Physical Culture in Imperial and Soviet Russia: Representations, Politics, Debates (first half of the 20thcentury).


Physical education for children was a political issue in European societies at the turn of the 20th century. Soviet Russia is characterized by the emergence of a singular notion: Fizkul’tura, ‘Physical culture’. This concept encompassed various types of physical activities and tried to promote new ways of thinking the relations between the body and the mind. Soviet theorists were ardent supporters and promoters of this notion during the 20th century in international institutions, especially among children, from day nursery to the Komsomol. Nevertheless, this concept was quite flexible. On July 13, 1925, the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) issued a decree that defined physical culture officially but that based it on a broad conception that could satisfy all the groups implicated in physical activities in the Soviet Union:

‘Physical culture has to be considered not only from the standpoint of physical vospitanie and health and as a means of cultural, economic and military preparation of youth (rifle-shooting and other sports), but also as one of the ways of educating the masses (as physical education developed characteristics such as the will, collective habits, endurance, resourcefulness and other valuable qualities) and together with these, it was a means of uniting workers and peasants around the party, councils, and professional organizations through which they could become interested in social-political life[1].’

Historiography has traditionally considered that the Bolshevik state had placed the development of physical culture and the education of children at the forefront of its preoccupations. Nevertheless, the emergence and development of physical culture in the USSR has to be analyzed in its ruptures and continuations. That is why we wanted to consider the different theories and social experiences from the Imperial society and from European trends (the hygienist movement, socialist sport) that could have influenced the Soviet emergence of Physical culture. We also want to point out how Physical Culture emerged from debates within the sphere of physical culture activists, doctors and political leaders.

So far, recent studies on Physical Culture have little tackled the issue of children’s physical activities. Studies about childhood in the USSR have not devoted much attention to that topic. The present workshop intends to fill this gap. We want to interrogate the relation between physical culture and children from the point of view of political leaders, educators, pedologists, artists and children themselves. Ph. D candidates, postdoctoral researchers and senior researchers are invited to present research based on historical, sociological, visual studies, philosophical and anthropological methods. Organizers would be interested in the use of new sources and new perspectives.


Possible topics to be discussed include:

— Literary, visual (still and moving pictures) and artistic representations of children and physical culture

— Gender and physical culture

— Policies and practices of physical culture aimed at children

— Social, political and theoretical issues and debates about physical culture and children

— Cultural transfers in relation to physical culture and children.


The conference will be held in Nantes. The working languages of the event will be Englishand in French.


Important Dates:

a) Submission of paper proposals: 21 October 2019.

b) Responses: November 2019

c) Conference: 29 and 30 April 2020


Proposals consisting of a resume and a short proposal (2,000 signs), summarizing the paper, methodology and sources in English should be sent before 21 October 2019 to and


The conference organizers have limited funds to cover participants’ accommodation costs for the duration of the conference and airfare (partially or in full). We ask prospective participants who will need financial assistance to indicate this in their submissions.


Conference “Post-war Sport between Memory and Reconstruction”. European University Institute, Florence, 11 October 2019

Gherardo Bonini, along with other CESH members, Nicola Sbetti, Doriane Gomet and Andreas Praher, will addressed an interesting conference on “Post-War Sport between Memory and Reconstruction”, next 11th of October, 2019 at the Historical Archives of the European Union in Florence.


Please, find attached the programme and/or visit the website:




International Workshop at the Université d’Aix-Marseille-IrAsia, 10-11 July 2019

On behalf of CESH member and former CESH President, Jean-Françoise Loudcher, we would like to cordially invite you to the International Workshop “Terminologies and categories of martiality. Etymologies, religious and secular dimensions, related practices” which will be held at the Université d’Aix-Marseille-IrAsia (Aix-en-Provence), on July 10th and 11th, 2019.

Loudcher will be chairman in a sesion and will present ‘Quelle martialité épistémique et configurationnelle de la savate ? Entre registres discursifs et pratiques, de la figure de l’Homme à celle de son dépassement‘ on 10th July, 9h55.

Programme here: Les catégories de la martialité, 10-11 juillet, programme.