2015 CESH – NEWS



Please don’t forget that participants to the CESH congress in Florence must pay their membership for 2015. Many thanks!

Maybe you paid it with the registration fees. If not, please got to “About CESH” =} “Membership” for details



Vol. 8 (2015) of our journal European Studies in Sports History will be printed this week and sent to CESH members for the year 2015.

Thank you fill in the form for this purpose


Have a safe journey back home.


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 open-themed congess will be jointly organised with the British Society for Sports History (BSSH).

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


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

Organisation: Denis Jallat and Jean Saint-Martin



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



Besançon (FR), 26-27 Nov 2015: “Comics and Sport”

During the final talks of the fruitful international conference named “body languages in comics” set up by the junior drawn sciences laboratory of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Lyon on 8th and 9th October 2014, the idea to carry on, in a more precise way, the numerous debates on the occasion of a later scientific event was mentioned.
In light of this, the C3S laboratory (“culture, sport, health and society”) of the University of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté considers holding an international symposium in order to study how sport is depicted in comics.
Researchers in the C3S laboratory dedicate their work to sport sciences with a theoretical and epistemological commitment marked by interdisciplinarity. According to this stance, the international conference will be open to various contributions allowing to understand the representations (whether they be historical, sociological, anthropological, literary, semiotic, psychological…etc…) of sport in comics. This scientific event will be organized within the premises of the UPFR Sports in Besançon on 26th and 27th November 2015.

Appel Bande dessinée et sport