Call for Papers | The 7th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport & Exercise | Durham University, UK July 7–9, 2020. Call ends January 17, 2020

The Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University is delighted to be hosting the 7th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise.

On behalf of the organising committee, we warmly welcome you to Durham – a World Top 100 University. The city is home to one of the most recognisable landmarks in the UK, majestic Durham Cathedral. Together, with the adjacent Durham Castle, this UNESCO World Heritage Site forms one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe.

Once again, this conference promises to showcase qualitative research from diverse disciplines including sport and exercise psychology, the sociology of sport, coaching, pedagogy, history, anthropology, sport management, and health promotion.

We look forward to the return of past delegates from around the world and the opportunity to welcome new faces as we gather together to learn, share knowledge, and continue building our community.

Call for Papers

Qualitative research in sport and exercise is now firmly established and continues to grow rapidly. It is also increasingly celebrated for what it can offer academics, students, practitioners and policy makers in terms of interpreting phenomena related to the meanings people bring to their experiences of sport, physical activity, exercise and leisure. This conference is dedicated to promoting cutting edge empirical inquiry, advancements in qualitative methods, and debates about methodology, theory, representation, criteria, ethics and practice.

We welcome qualitative researchers from all areas of sport and exercise. Past QRSE conferences have included submissions from the fields of sport and exercise psychology, sociology of sport, physical cultural studies, sport history, physical education, coaching, sports medicine, rehabilitation, health promotion, sport management, sport policy, and sport ecology.

We invite abstracts for oral papers, symposia, posters and arts-based/visual methods exhibits or performances in the following areas related to the qualitative study of sport and exercise:

    • Empirical Research
    • Theory
    • Applied Practice
    • Policy
    • Pedagogy
    • Qualitative Methods
    • Research Ethics
    • Representation

We hope you will be able to join us in beautiful Durham for this important discussion and we look forward to receiving your abstract!

Click here for information on how to submit an abstract to QRSE2020.

Keynote speakers

  • Ben Carrington is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Journalism in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and a Carnegie Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University.
  • Emmanuelle Tulle is a Professor of sociology, specializing in ageing and sport at Glasgow Caledonian University in the UK. Her contributions to sociology have stemmed mainly from seeking answers to a very basic question: what does it feel like to become and feel old?
  • Nick Holt is a Professor and Vice Dean in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on psychosocial aspects of participation in sport and physical activity among children, adolescents, and their families.

Key Dates

Main conference: July 7th – 9th, 2020
Pre-conference workshops (these are an optional add on): July 6th (afternoon), July 7th (early morning), 2020
Call for papers opened: September 1st, 2019
Deadline for submitting an abstract: January 17th, 2020.
Notifications of abstract outcome sent to delegates by: Mid-February, 2020
Early bird registration deadline: May 1st, 2020
Withdrawal of papers where presenting author is not registered: May 8th, 2020
Registration closes: June 21st, 2020

Visit the conference homepage for more and updated information!

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