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).

 

24th CESH/ISHPES Congress (Lisbon) 14-16 September 2021. NEW FORMAT: on-site and online

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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 new deadline: 10 May 2021

Hybrid format: on-site and online. Choose yourself

2021 CESH Event: bit.ly/cesh2021

Reduced congress fee: 50€

 

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

 

Date: 14-16 September 2021.

 

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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 10 May 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.

 

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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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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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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CfP Congress of Youth and Winter Sports, University of Lausanne, 7-8 January 2020

On behalf of CESH member Patrick Clastres, we would like to cordially invite you to the Congress of Youth and Winter Sports which will be held at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, on January 7th and 8th, 2020, in collaboration with the IOC.

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.

Highlighted keynote speakers: Miléna Parent (Canada), Andrew Stephan Denning (USA), Erich Müller (Austria), Hans-Christer Holmberg (Sweden), Holger Preuss (Germany), Oyvind Sandbakk (Norway), and Stéphane Bouthiaux (France)

 

CfP here: Flyer_Congress of Youth and Winter Sports 2020

Find supporting information about the congress atwp.unil.ch/cyws20/ 

Follow us on Twitter @CYWS20. For inquiries, please contact us via email at  <mailto:CYWS20@unil.chCYWS20@unil.ch

 

Patrick Clastres

 

CfP Issue by Diacronie. Studi di Storia Contemporanea

On behalf of Diacroie. Studi di Storia Contemporanea, we invite all the CESH members to send paper proposals for a Special Issue on “More than a Club. Fandom and historial identity” to be published by June 2020.

Find the CfP here: cfp_42_en

Abstracts submission deadline: July 15, 2019

Full papers submission deadline: November 1, 2019

For more information, please contact: elisa.tizzoni@gmail.com

Funded PhD at Université de Lausanne (CH)

L’Institut des sciences du sport de l’Université de Lausanne (Issul) met au concours un poste d’Assistante diplômée ou assistant diplômé

Prise de fonction : 1 septembre 2019

Délai de candidature: 30 mai 2019

Annonce assistant ISSUL Lausanne

Rémunération assistant

Publication du poste sur le site de l’Unil.

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CfP – Convegno nazionale SISS, 18-19 ott. 2019, Novi Ligure (IT)

VIII Convegno nazionale SISS
FAUSTO COPPI E LA STORIA DEL CICLISMO ITALIANO
Novi Ligure (AL)
18-19 ottobre 2019

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CfP: deadline 31 May 2019

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Il 15 settembre 1919 nasceva uno dei ciclisti più forti di tutti i tempi: il “campionissimo” Fausto Coppi. La definitiva esplosione della sua carriera coincise con alcuni dei momenti chiave della storia d’Italia: la ricostruzione del secondo dopoguerra e il boom economico. Il ciclismo e i suoi due maggiori rappresentanti, Fausto Coppi e Gino Bartali, senza dimenticare il terzo uomo Fiorenzo Magni, divennero l’emblema dell’Italia che voleva ricostruire: il pedalare nella fatica dei ciclisti ben si sovrapponeva con il lavoro che la popolazione italiana sostenne per recuperare in tempi brevi condizioni di vita normali, lontane dai disastri della Guerra. Fu anche grazie a campioni come Fausto Coppi che il ciclismo consolidò il suo primato di sport più seguito in Italia per tutti gli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta. La centralità del ciclismo nella vita sociale degli italiani fece sì che il coinvolgimento per la bicicletta non si limitasse ai soli sportivi ma comprendesse anche interessi politici, economici e culturali.

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