Call for Applications | Physical Activity and Sport: Current Discourses and Practices from a Human and Social Science Perspective | International Summer School 2016

International Summer School for Young Researchers – Course for PhD Students:

Physical Activity and Sport: Current Discourses and Practices from a Human and Social Science Perspective

27th of June – 1st of July, 2016

Department of Sports Sciences, University of Paris-Est, France


Organised for the last ten years at the university of Copenhagen, the International Summer School for young researchers will take place for the first time in Paris in 2016. Although it will be held in a new place there is continuity because of the partnership between scholars of the two universities.

Aims and topic

The Summer School 2016 will focus on the topic Physical Activity and Sport: Current Discourses and Practices from a Human and Social Science Perspective. This subject covers a broad area, which allows experts and students to share experiences and expertise in their respective fields of research.

During the last decades, physical activities and sport have played an increasing role in the public discourse, at least in Western countries. Sport for all and elite sport are in the centre of public attention, both promising benefits for individuals and societies. Health and well-being, education and social integration, entertainment, national presentation and identity are some of the assets which are currently discussed in connection with physical activities and sport. However, it is an open question if and under what conditions sport can meet these expectations. Here, it has to be taken into consideration that sport has many faces and that sport cultures differ dependent on traditions and current political, economic and social situations in the various countries and regions.

The Summer School provides a space to share information on research, theories and methods as well as to exchange ideas and knowledge about current tendencies and “hot issues” in the multiple arenas of physical activities and sports. The Summer School will provide a forum, which enables communication, networks and cooperation among the participants, students as well as lecturers.

The course is addressed to PhD students and young researchers and intends to support them in their scientific work. It offers students the opportunity of acquiring new knowledge, of presenting their research, of discussing problems, of obtaining advice from experts and of building up networks. It is intended to help young researchers to become integrated into the scientific community.


In keynote lectures, experts will address important questions, new approaches, problems and strategies of research, current trends and major issues in the area of sport ideologies, policies and practices. They will also be available for discussions and individual supervision.

In addition, there will be workshops and panel discussions on relevant themes. All students will have the opportunity to present their own projects and get feedback from experts and other students. Papers with the main outlines of these projects must be submitted in advance and will be accessible on the Summer School Website.

The Summer School will take place in collaboration with the International Societies for Sport History (ISHPES) and Sport Sociology (ISSA) and the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW).


A certificate of attendance will be delivered to each participant.


Lecturers from Paris-Est:

  • Cécile Collinet
  • Matthieu Delalandre
  • Jérémy Pierre
  • Pierre-Olaf Schut
  • Eric Levet-Labry
  • Denis Bernardeau-Moreau

Lecturers from Copenhagen:

  • Gertrud Pfister
  • Anne-Marie Elbe
  • Reinhard Stelter

Guest lecturers:

  • Annette Hofmann, Ludwigsburg University of Education, Germany
  • Gerald Gems, North Central College, USA
  • Daphné Bolz, University of Rouen, France
  • and other lecturers

Selection of students

Participants are expected to be PhD students or young researchers (e.g.  planning a PhD) working on a project in the field of human and social sport sciences. They will be selected according to the relevance of the topic and the quality of the project. The number of students will be 25 to 30 and the Summer School aims to include participants from various countries and cultures.

General information

Travel and accommodation have to be paid by the participants.

The course fee covers participation in the course including 5 lunches, coffee breaks, and 2 dinners.

Course fee is 150€ for participants, and 100€ for participants who submit a paper for 2016 ISHPES congress.

Please, fill in the online application form at Deadline: March 31th, 2016. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance at the end of April.


For any questions: Pierre-Olaf Schut,

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