24th CESH/ISHPES Congress (Lisbon) 14-16 September 2021

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24th CESH Congress, organized along with ISHPES, will be held at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, on 14-16 September 2021.

 

Call for Papers: CESH-ISHPES-2021_CFP

Abstracts submission deadline: 31 March 2021

2021 CESH Event: bit.ly/cesh2021

 

Location: NOVA FCSH, Almada Negreiros College (NOVA’s Campolide Campus, 1099-085 Lisbon).

 

Date: 14-16 September 2021.

 

 

The 24th edition of CESH congress, joint with ISHPES, will be held from 14 to 16th of September 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal. The theme of this year’s congress, “Sport and Politics from Antiquity to the Modern Day”, aims to explore the historical configurations of the sports field and its relationship with a broad range of political processes.

CESH/ISHPES 2021 welcomes contributions centred on, but not limited to, the following research themes and questions:

  • Sport and political regimes: How can we make sense of the transformations of the sporting experience in different political regimes? Is it possible or not to put forward a political periodization of sport? What is fascist (or communist) about fascist (or communist) sports practices and spectacles? Is there an essential break between aristocratic, authoritarian and democratic sports (and, if yes, at what levels)?
  • Sport, race and colonialism: What role did sport play in colonial empires? How did the colonial politics of racial differentiation and hierarchization shape sports? And how was the colonial project shaped by sporting practices and ideologies? What can we learn about decolonization processes by putting sports centre stage? How did newly independent nations negotiate imperial memories and/or political projects of autonomy through sport? How do racialization practices operate on the sports field?
  • Sports organizations as political institutions: What is political about sports institutions and governance? How do the politics of sports organizations and clubs relate to other spheres of the political? What are the political stakes in conflicts taking place inside sports institutions? What type of political mobilization takes place inside sports organizations? How do sport organizations and practices relate with mass and popular culture?
  • Sport and imagined communities: In what ways and in which scales do sports clubs and sporting institutions come to serve as foci of community identification? How do these systems vary historically and geographically? What type of institutions shape these identifications? How do media discourses reproduce and transform sports cultures and identities? How do the moral grammars of different fan cultures relate with other identification systems (ie religious, political, regional) and other moral grammars?
  • Sports and governmentality: How have state policies shaped sporting practices and landscapes? Which groups are the main targets of biopolitical technologies? Under which rationalities have specialists of the sports field exercised and legitimised their power? Which institutions have been at the forefront of the manage-ment and administration of bodies through sport? What systems of classification and identification have been applied by different state agencies to sports practi-tioners, fans and institutions?
  • Sport and international relations: What type of role does sport play in international relations? How do national and international political questions impact on the sports field? Does the globalization of different sports practices and images follow the patterns of the international political system or does it have its own specific logics? How do sports mega-events allow us to reframe power relations in a global world?
  • Sport and Gender: How has the relationship between sport and gender evolved? What can a history of sport tell us about the construction of gender categories? How can we reconstruct our understanding of sports as gendered practices? How do sports practices contribute to the production of gendered bodies?

Abstracts (maximum 300 words) along with a paragraph with biographical information, should be sent by email to: cesh2020@fcsh.unl.pt by 31 March 2021.

Besides individual papers, we also encourage the submission of panel proposals (up to three papers). In this case, convenors should also present an abstract for the panel (maximum 300 words) alongside the individual papers abstracts in a single file.

 

Digital International Conference on Martial Arts, Religion & Spirituality, 15-16 July 2020

On behalf on the CESH member Denis Jallat, we announce a digital international conference about martial arts to be held on July 15th and 16th, 2020: The 6th Martial Arts Studies Research Network Conference (Cardiff University and Aix Marseille Université).
If you are interested, please find all the information here:
All papers which will be presented at the conference are already uploaded and available on a Youtube channel dedicated to this event:
Here you are the poster and the Programme:

Prof. Wolfgang Decker, Fellow of CESH, passed away in April 2020

Prof. Wolfgang Decker, Fellow of CESH no. 19 (Deutsche Sporthochschule, Cologne, Germany) passed away on April 28. 

Prof. Fernando García Romero, Fellow of CESH, has written a short obituary. May he rest in peace.

 

On April 28, 2020, Professor Wolfgang Decker, a historic member of the CESH College of Fellows, passed away at the age of 78. Professor Decker is the author of a vast scientific production, based on a very solid academic background: he had studied sports sciences at the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne, where he would be Professor of sports history from 1976 until his retirement, and also classical studies, archeology and Egyptology at the University of Cologne. He has been the world’s greatest specialist in Egyptian sport, a subject on which he published, in addition to many articles, some fundamental books: his general works Sport und Spiel im Alten Ägypten (Múnich 1987; English translation Yale 1992) and Pharao und Sport (Mainz 2006), the critical compilation of texts Quellentexte zu Sport und Körperkultur im alten Ägypten (St. August 1975) and, in collaboration with Michael Herb, the compilation of iconographic sources with an extensive comment Bildatlas zum Sport im Alten Ägypten. Corpus der bildlichen Quellen zu Leibesübungen, Spiel, Jagd, Tanz und verwandten Themen (Leiden 1994).
 
He has also been for the last 50 years one of the greatest scholars of ancient Greek sport, a period to which he dedicated, among countless other works, his book Sport in der griechischen Antike. Vom minoischen Wettkampf zu den Olympischen Spielen (Hildesheim 2012, translated into Greek in Athens 2004) and his biographical dictionary of great athletes from the Ancient World Antike Spitzensportler. Athletenbiographien aus dem Alten Orient, Ägypten und Griechenland (Hildesheim 2014)He was also one of the main promoters of the magazine Nikephoros. Zeitschrift für Sport und Kultur im Altertumof whose bibliographic rapports he dealt with for many years, an essential instrument for all researchers of sport in the ancient world. 
 
During the last stage of his academic production he was also actively engaged in studying the origins of the modern Olympic Games, and specifically the contribution of Greece, since his precise knowledge of the modern Greek language (he was a great polyglot) allowed him direct access to the reading of the original sources; one of the fruits of that work was the book Praeludium Olympicum. Das Memorandum des Jahres 1835 von Innenminister Ioannis Kolettis an König Otto I. von Griechenland über ein Nationalfest mit öffentlichen Spielen nach dem Muster der antiken panhellenischen Agone (Hildesheim 2006). 
 
Wolfgang Decker has been a teacher in the broadest, noblest, and truest sense of the word. To his intelligence and wisdom, he added exceptional human qualities. We are left with his work and we still have the memory of his intelligent and at the same time funny conversation, of his slow speech in any of the several languages ​​he dominated, of his always kind and polite treatment, of his generosity towards his colleagues and disciples, whatever his age and academic rank.
 
Prof. Fernando García Romero 

 

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Prof. Wolfgang Decker in CESH 2014 Edessa congress (2014).

 

2021 CESH Early Career and Post-Graduate Award. DEFERRED

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemia, CESH has decided to defer Lisbon congress to 2021 and also the CESH Early Career and Post-Graduate Award.

The 2021 congress will be a CESH/ISHPES event.

All post-graduate and early career researchers intending to present a paper at the 24th CESH Congess: Sport and Politics from Antiquity to the Modern Day, Lisbon 14-16 September 2021, have the opportunity to enter for the prestigious CESH Early Career and Post-Graduate Award. This has a range of benefits, including a cash prize.

ALL entrants get their CESH membership refunded at the Congress, and free membership for the following year.

Colleagues will know that winning this award has many benefits to an early career scholar:

  • It looks extremely good as part of a curriculum vitae, and can improve future jobs prospects.
  • It confers prestige on the scholar and his/her institution.
  • The financial gain of a money prize (currently of 250 Euros) is always useful.

Deadline: 23 August 2021.

All Postgraduates, post-doctoral  candidates and early career researchers with an interest in the history of sport are invited to the:

CESH Pre-Congress Seminar: 13 September 2021, 10 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Sessions currently include:

  • Funding and research
  • Getting your work published
  • The difficulties, challenges and pleasures of your role

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: wp.unil.ch/cyws20/call-for-abstracts/

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’ www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/11525/youth-and-winter-sports

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: wp.unil.ch/cyws20/

For inquiries, please contact us via email at CYWS20@unil.ch

Follow us on Twitter @CYWS20

 

Organizers of the Congress of Youth and Winter Sports 2020

 

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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.

 

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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 cpichonbonin@gmail.com and sylvain.dufraisse@univ-nantes.fr.

 

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: https://www.eui.eu/events/detail?eventid=165385

 

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