Call for Participants | Zoom webinar launching a new book series from de Gruyter: RERIS Studies in International Sport Relations | June 13, 2023


On June 13 at 5PM CEST/4PM BST/11AM EST, Amanda Shuman & Philippe Vonnard will organise the inaugural “Book talk” Zoom webinar to celebrate the launch of the RERIS Studies in International Sport Relations series they are co-editing.

This series publishes books that explore interconnectivity between international-level actors (people, organizations, and/or states), as well as transnational and global histories of sport. An important focus is on international sport organizations and their leaders, a topic that still remains – with the exception, perhaps, of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – underexplored in much of the existing scholarship. The series also gives special attention to work that helps address continuing diversity issues in both the scholarship and the field more broadly.

RERIS (Réseau d’études des relations internationales sportives) was created in 2015 to provide a platform for the increasing scholarly interest in questions around the place of sport and physical education in international relations in the twentieth century to the present. The network holds annual events and regular webinars.

We strongly encourage work about and submissions from underrepresented groups, including but not limited to women, people of color, and the Global South. Research and studies in sport history by young scholars and in other languages has also increased in recent years. Another goal of this series is thus to publish books stemming from PhD theses, including translations of those not originally written in English.

All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by members of the advisory board, scientific committee, or external experts. Interested authors are encouraged to submit a short proposal in English to the publisher ( or to Philippe Vonnard ( and Amanda Shuman (

On this occasion, we are delighted to welcome the first two published authors in our series. Dr. Luiz Burlamaqui (Universidade de São Paulo) will present on his book, The Making of Global FIFA. Cold War Politics and the Rise of João Havelange to the FIFA Presidency, 1950–1974, and Dr. Rahul Kumar (Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra) will present on his soon-to-be-released book, Football and Fascism. The Politics of Popular Culture in Portugal.

The session will be held in English and chaired by Professor Livia Magalhães (Universidade Federal Fluminense).

If you are interested in participating in the event, please fill in this form. We hope to see you virtually on this momentous occasion!

Best wishes,
Amanda Shuman & Philippe Vonnard

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