Future CESH Congresses


The 20th International CESH Congress will be held at the International Centre for Sport History and Culture, De Montfort University in Leicester (UK) on 5-7 September 2016. This will be an open-themed congess.

Organisation in Leicester: Martin Polley (ICSHC director), James Panter (Scientific Secretary).

Please visit the congress information page at 2016 Congress in Leicester

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The 21st International CESH Congress will be held at the research centre Sport et Sciences Sociales (E3S) in Strasbourg (France) on 7-9 December 2017.

Organisation: Denis Jallat and Jean Saint-Martin




Scholars interested in hosting an international CESH congress should contact the members of the Directing Council of CESH well in advance.

We now welcome bids from academic colleagues for the 2018 and 2019 CESH congresses. (No professional event organisers please)

Please read the guidelines at: http://www.cesh-site.eu/?page_id=208



Sports Coaching: Historical and Cultural Perspectives, Besançon (FR), 28 April 2016

The study of the historical and cultural aspects of sports coaching has not received the same amount of scholarly attention as the pedagogical, psychological and sociological components of the coaching process. Coaching journals such as Sports Coaching Review and the International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, for example, have focused almost exclusively on publishing articles on contemporary coaching practice to the exclusion of any consideration of how coaching has developed or how the transfer of coaching knowledge has occurred within and across cultures. These factors have been significant, however, in the development of sports coaching as a universally accepted means of improving athletic performance, as well as for practitioners in leisure sport and health sport. The relationships between sports coaching and Physical Education are also important in this respect.
The aim of this one-day event is to bring together scholars from diverse perspectives (historical, sociological, epistemological, and educational) who are interested in the history of coaching and/or its cultural significance. Although all relevant proposals will be considered favourably, the organisers are particularly keen to explore how coaching knowledge has permeated between different national sporting systems and would like to encourage contributions that discuss regional and transnational aspects of coaching developments. The cross-fertilisation of coaching and training practices between Britain and Europe, and vice versa, and the penetration of American and Soviet methods across Europe would be of especial interest, as would the impact on coaching of international mega-sporting events and the employment of non-native elite coaches in central administrative positions.

Proposals for papers, maximum 300 words, accompanied by author’s affiliation details and email address, should be forwarded to Jean-Francois Loudcher for French texts and to Dave Day for those in English. All accepted papers will be considered, after peer review, for a special edition of the Revue Staps and/or in another publication (ESSH for example). For anyone not able to travel, it may be possible to participate in the post-conference publication by submitting a text within the framework of a procedure of peer reviewing.

Deadline for sending the abstract: February 19th

Nota bene: This seminar addresses first and foremost statutory researchers, PhD students and post-graduate students. Since places are limited, please contact the local person in charge (Loudcher Jean-François) to be able to participate.

More details: Coaching Conference



“Sport, Olympics and Play Cultures” Seminar (Lausanne, CH)

«  Sport,  Olympics  and  play  cultures  around  the  world  »
2015-2016, Monthly  Research  Workshop

held at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

Dir.: Pr. Dr. Patrick Clastres

Presentation in English: Seminar Lausanne ENG

Presentation in French : Séminaire Lausanne FR



CfP, Soccer as an Instrument of Nation-building, Irsee (Dt), Feb. 2016

“Soccer as an Instrument of Nation-building”

12-14 Feb. 2016, Irsee (Germany)

“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death; I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

The statement by former FC Liverpool manager Bill Shankly proved true when the European Championship qualifying match in Belgrade on October 14th, 2014 between Serbia and Albania had to be cut short after a drone carrying the flag of “greater Albania” was flown over the stadium by Albanian nationalists, provoking violence between players on both sides.

As this incident demonstrates, the narrative that associates soccer with understanding between nations falls short of the mark. The fields of social science and history have dealt extensively with the topic of “soccer and violence.” Social psychologists have also researched the role of soccer in the construction of social as well as regional and national identities. However, one aspect that has gained very little attraction until now is Eric Hobsbawm’s theory that the sport of soccer takes on meaning in the context of the formation of the concept of the nation: “The imagined community of millions seems more real as a team of eleven named people.”

Both world wars, decolonization and the end of the Cold War have brought forth a new international order in the 20th century, the basic building block of which is the nation-state. Nation-building is a complex process that comprises both the establishment of shared cultural standards and the arbitrary creation of national identity (keyword: “invention of tradition”).

The 9th Irsee Sports Historical Conference on “Soccer as an Instrument of Nation-Building” will discuss, from a contemporary and global history perspective, to what extent the game of soccer with its mass media appeal has become a central element and instrument of nation-building.

Submissions should be unpublished empirical case studies or comparative presentations on the connection between soccer and nation-building of no longer than 30 minutes, to be followed by a 15-minute discussion period.

Please submit working titles and an abstract (max. 500 words) in German or English as well as a brief bio to:

markwart.herzog@schwabenakademie.de and


by August 30, 2015.

Conference languages are German and English. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered if possible. Conference proceedings will be published.

Planning and Organization:
Markwart Herzog (Schwabenakademie Irsee)
Dominik J. Schaller (Universität Heidelberg)


Dominik J. Schaller
Historisches Seminar
Universität Heidelberg

CfP at: http://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-28473


CfP, Soccer as a Global Phenomenon, Harvard (USA), April 2016

Call for Papers

Weatherhead Initiative on Global History
Harvard University
April 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2016

Soccer is the most global of games and one of the most vigorous engines of the process commonly known, celebrated, or feared as globalization. Beyond its immense popularity, soccer now enjoys tremendous success as a global industry with many interlocking parts in an intricate architecture of organizations that represent clubs, nations, regions, and continents. Just as the game once took shape in the context of the reconfiguration of social life in industrializing societies, the industrialization of soccer itself accompanies profound changes in the disciplines of labor and leisure during the New Media Age with its unprecedented power to penetrate distant corners and private spaces via digital links. Yet, the game still derives much of its vitality from passions rooted in a sense of place and of community.

The organizing theme of the conference is precisely this tension or modes of accommodation between the globalizing impulse and the tenacious appeal of local attachments, past and present. We are interested in exploring different dimensions of that theme while sparking a conversation about the relevance of a study of soccer and of sports for a deeper critical understanding of global history and of globalization.

We are seeking proposals from scholars at all stages of their academic career, including graduate students, who wish to present their original research on a variety of topics dealing with social, political, or economic aspects of different ecosystems of the world of soccer –including modest clubs and lesser known leagues as well as global icons and organizations like FIFA— or with the evolution of  “the beautiful game” itself.  We are particularly interested in forging a global discussion of these topics, and therefore especially welcome contributions from outside North America and Europe.

Submission guidelines:

Please submit a single doc or pdf file including an abstract of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to wigh@fas.harvard.edu with the subject line “Soccer2016.” We recommend including a header with your name on every page of your submission.

Paper Proposals are due September 1st, 2015. Late proposals will not be accepted.

Applicants will be notified in October 2015. If accepted, you will be asked for a draft paper by March 1st.  We hope to cover all (economy class) travel costs, accommodation and meals, pending the availability of funds.

Conference Conveners:

Francesco Erspamer, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature, Harvard University; Cemal Kafadar, Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies, Department of History, Harvard UniversityMariano Siskind, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature, Harvard University.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 – 16:00 to Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 14:00