Call for Papers | “Sport, Dictatorship and Fascism” | International Conference, June 20–21 2017, Lisbon, Portugal. Call ends April 30, 2017

Organisation: Institute of Contemporary History – FCSH/NOVA
Venue: FCSH/NOVA | Room Multiusos 1 (Lisbon)
Dates: 20 and 21 June 2017
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2017

General Franco’s links with Real Madrid deepened the rivalry with Barcelona.

The research group “Economy, Society, Innovation and Heritage” at the Institute for Contemporary History (University Nova of Lisbon) has decided to organize a conference dedicated to the relationship between sport, dictatorship and fascism in modern Southern Europe, during the 20th century.

The common Catholic matrix, the authoritarian past and the intense cultural relations of the three countries (Italy, Spain and Portugal) makes an interesting case study within the framework of the history of European circulation of ideas.

The transnational nature of sport can provide the perspective from which to analyse the political and social past of Southern Europe, allowing us to highlight even the most contradictory facets about the relationship between the masses, leisure and the State.

Scholars from the University of Bologna, of the European University of Madrid and representatives from British and Portuguese universities were invited to attend the conference and discuss this questions at length, aiming at analysing the similarities and differences between the various cases; they will also discuss the role of arts and social politics in order to understand if an idea of sport beyond national borders was also present. In this way, it will be possible to overcome the traditional interpretation of sport as an instrument at nations’ service, it will instead be considered, an important element in the chain of relations between the three countries under study.

This moment of knowledge sharing is open to who want to participate and present papers related with this thematic.

Keynote and Invited Speakers

Alejandro Quiroga, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
José Manuel Meirim, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Juan Antonio Simón, University of Europe, Madrid, Spain
Patrizia Dogliani, University of Bologna, Italy
Martin Polley, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
Nicola Sbetti, University of Bologna, Italy

Submission process

Please send your identification (name, institutional affiliation and mail address), Paper title, Abstract (maximum 500 words), and academic CV (1 page) via mail to:

Submission deadline: 30 April 2017

Working languages: English and Portuguese (no simultaneous interpretation is available)

Conference Fees

Researchers and Regular fee: 50€
Students: 25€


  • Rita Nunes (IHC-FCSH/NOVA; Olympic Committee of Portugal)
  • Daniele Serapiglia (IHC-FCSH/NOVA; Università di Bologna)
  • Alcino Pedrosa (IHC-FCSH/NOVA)
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