Call for Papers | “Polity, Politics and Policies of Sport: Picking up where we left off”, Workshop, Cologne, 16 February, 2024. Call ends Friday December 15, 2023

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The POLIS Network aims at a closer cooperation of academics who work in the field of sport politics or who deal with political issues related to sport. After a 1st workshop in Cologne in 2017, followed by several meetings at EASS conferences, workshops in Papendal, Utrecht and Cologne, we want to pick up where we left off in 2020: Renew and deepen our discussions on polity, politics and policies in the field of sport. The workshop will offer the opportunity to present ongoing research, discuss new ideas about collaborative research and identify topics and agendas. 

Presentations could explore – but are by no means limited to – the following themes: 

    • Local sports: The actors, decision making processes and programs at the local level provide an interesting field for case studies and comparative research and have been in the focus of the last workshop in Cologne in 2020.
    • Federalism in Sports governance: States and sports governing bodies differ with respect to centralized or federal structures of decision-making and policy implementation. Is Federalism undeservedly a less researched field of sport politics?
    • Sport autonomy revisited: Is the tide shifting away from sports governing bodies to the state, state agencies or market actors? Does it change the way we analyse sport politics?

If you are interested, please send a short abstract (250 words maximum) including title, institutional affiliation and contact details to by Friday December 15th, 2023. 

Workshop Organiser

Dr. Till Müller-Schoell, Research Associate
Institute for European Sport Development and Leisure Studies
German Sport University Cologne
Am Sportpark Müngersdorf 6, 50933 Cologne, Germany
phone: +49 221 4982 7350 mail: 

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