Call for Papers | British Society of Sports History Conference 2016 | Friday, 2 September and Saturday, 3 September 2016, University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education


The conference takes place at the University of Edinburgh, John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, EH16 5AY.

Keynote lectures include the 2015 Lord Aberdare Literary Prize winner, Dr. Rob Lake, Douglas College, Canada.

This is an open call on any topic relating to the history of sport and related fields, with a broad geographic focus. Proposals for twenty-minute papers should be sent to Dr. Matthew McDowell via email ( by 15 May 2016. Abstracts are welcomed from current members of the Society (if you wish to become a member register here). Proposals should be a maximum of 200 words long. Registration will be open 1 April. The draft conference programme will be announced by the end of May.

Additionally, if postgraduates wish to apply for the Richard Cox Postgraduate Prize, please indicate so when submitting your abstract. For information on the Cox Prize, please see below.

The British Society of Sports History exists to promote the study of the history of sport.Our work includes activities as diverse as encouragement of research within and beyond academic settings, support for the preservation of the sporting record, collaboration with the museum and heritage sector, promotion of the study of the history of sport in higher and further education as well as by those in secondary school, and engagement with the broader public media.As part of this promotion, we organise an annual conference and publish the journal Sport in History, as well as work with the broader sports history community to organise and support local and regional activities. Alongside these activities, we are building and supporting networks of post-graduate students and links with other social history groups.

The BSSH has members across the world, and we welcome anyone with an interest in the history of sport to our website and hope the material here is both interesting and useful for you. We are committed to sharing ideas, information and a passion for the study of the history of sport in a wide range of historical settings, and invite you to join us in these efforts.


Cost of Attendance

Delegate rates made by 15 July 2016

  • For full-time delegates, one day: £80, two days: £160
  • For postgraduate/unwaged postdoctoral/retired delegates, one day:£55, two days:£110
  • Bookings made after 15 July 2016 have an additional £20 admin charge.


  • Friday: £47.00
  • Thursday and Friday:  £94.00 (50 places available on Thursday night)
  • Accommodation is available in Baird House in both en-suite rooms and rooms with shared facilities. Accommodation includes breakfast.


  • £25.58 per person, at St. Leonard’s Hall on Friday night

Postgraduate bursaries

  • As well as subsidising the postgraduate rate, the Society will be making a number of bursaries available to help postgraduate speakers with costs, specifically for registering for the conference. Unwaged postdoctoral scholars are also eligible to apply. The form is at the end of this link, and should be submitted along with the abstract.

Richard Cox Postgraduate Conference Paper Prize

Part of the BSSH’s mission is to be accessible to and encourage new researchers, including postgraduate students and academics at an early stage in their careers.

The BSSH Committee wish to encourage the submission of papers by postgraduates to their annual conference.

The prize will be awarded to reflect outstanding work from new researchers in sports history. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges based on a written paper. The winning paper will be awarded £100 and a certificate. The researcher will also be invited to submit their paper to the Society’s refereed Journal Sport in History.

Application Procedure

At the time of the initial submission of their abstract for their paper the author should indicate that they wish to be considered for the Richard Cox Prize. They should explain the basis upon which the author is eligible i.e. at the time of submitting their paper authors should be engaged in full or part-time postgraduate research or be within 1 year of completing their research degree.

Co-authored papers will not normally be considered.


While we encourage the submission of different kinds of papers, to be eligible for the prize, papers must be a maximum of 6,000 words. Style should be consistent throughout, i.e footnotes where appropriate, and a separate list of references. Papers should be no smaller than size 12 Times New Roman and 1.5 or double spacing. Name and contact details of author, paper title, short abstract with keywords must also be included on a separate page (please follow SiH conventions).

The assessment process

The written paper must be submitted to Dr. Matthew McDowell ( by 31 July 2016. A panel of judges will be selected by the BSSH Committee which will assess the content of the papers under consideration. To be eligible for the prize the paper must be presented at the annual conference although this will not form part of the assessment process.

Award of the Prize

The winner of the Prize will be notified at the conference and it will be announced on the BSSH website and in the Bulletin.

Any questions concerning the Richard Cox Prize should be sent to our conference organisers.


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