Call for Papers | The European Committee for Sports History (CESH) International Congress 2016, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 5–7 September

cesh-logoThe European Committee for Sports History (CESH) was officially founded in 1995. Its aim is to support European projects on the history of sport and physical education, to assure a better European and international cooperation. It promotes the exchange of ideas, students and staff between European universities, encourages a high standard of teaching in sports history and helps young scholars in developing a European dimension in their research.

The International Centre for Sports History and Culture was established at De Montfort University in 1996 and is today widely acknowledged as a leading centre for the study of sport history in the world. The Centre’s academic team has published many critically acclaimed books and articles. Major conferences, including the annual ‘Historians on Sport’, have been organised by the Centre, often in conjunction with leading European institutions.

2016 CESH Congress organisation

The CESH International Congress 2016 will be held at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, from 5-7 September 2016. This is an open-themed conference.

Practical information on the congress is posted on the CESH webpage:

CESH 2016 Early Career Scholar Award and student seminar

On the occasion of the Leicester congress CESH organises an Early Career Scholar Award competition and a student seminar. Please visit the CESH webpage for more details.

Congress Committees

Organising Committee: Martin Polley (DMU Leicester, head), James Panter (DMU Leicester), Daphné Bolz (University of Rouen, France).

Scientific Committee: Martin Polley (DMU Leicester, head), Evangelos Albanidis (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece), Tony Collins (DMU Leicester), Fernando García Romero (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain), Teresa González Aja (PU Madrid, Spain), Richard Holt (DMU Leicester), Mike Huggins (University of Cumbria, UK), Denis Jallat (University of Strasbourg, France), Arnd Krüger (Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany), John McClelland (University of Toronto, Canada), Malcolm MacLean (University of Gloucestershire, UK), Matthias Marschik (University of Vienna, Austria), Dilwyn Porter (DMU, Leicester), Angela Teja (Italian Society for Sports History, Rome, Italy), Wray Vamplew (University of Stirling, UK).

Submitting an abstract

Papers are invited on any aspect of the history of sport and physical culture. There are no limits on theme, geography, or time period.

Please submit your abstract as follows:

  • Your name (including title)
  • Your institutional affiliation or independent scholar status
  • Your email address
  • The language in which you will be presenting the paper (all European languages are welcome)
  • The title of the paper
  • An abstract of the paper, at a maximum of 300 The abstract must include the following:
    • The research question
    • An indication of the sources used
    • An indication of the conclusions

Please submit your abstract in a Word document, written in 12-point Times New Roman, and send it as an attachment to Professor Martin Polley at

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 24 April 2016.

Results will be indicated on 15 May 2016.




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