Call for Participation | British Society of Sports History Virtual Conference August 26-28, 2020 | Registration now OPEN (and free to all)

Calcutta Cup, England versus Scotland, 1892.

Sessions will run from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 August 2020 via Zoom, and are FREE for all to attend. The online format is a direct (and experimental!) response to COVID-19. Sessions include:

      • A keynote from Dr Prashant Kidambi – Blurred Boundaries: Writing the Social History of Sport
      • Panels on Edwardian Sport, Boxing, The Writing of History and Sporting Inequalities
      • A roundtable on “The Future of Sports History”, featuring Dr Christienna Fryar, Dr Geoff Levett (producer of the Sport In History podcast), Dr Carol Osborne, and Professor Kay Schiller (Editor-in-Chief of Sport in History)

You can now check out the full programme here.

You are welcome to attend the entire conference, but please don’t feel that you have to – we encourage you to indicate on the registration form which sessions you would like to attend across the 3 days. You will only receive the Zoom invitation to the sessions which you register for in advance.

The online format is a direct (and experimental!) response to COVID-19. This year there are therefore fewer panels and papers than usual.

The original venue for the 2020 Conference – St Mary’s University, Twickenham – will host in 2021 (Thursday 26 and Friday 27 August 2021).

If you submitted an abstract for the 2020 conference, we very much hope that you will be able to join us in 2021, and we warmly invite you to re-submit your abstract (if you wish) when we open the Call for Papers in early 2021.

Please register in advance by completing the form available here.

Please note that places may be limited and are being offered on a first come, first served basis. Book early to avoid disappointment!

The British Society of Sports History exists to promote the study of the history of sport. Our work includes activities as diverse as encouragement of research within and beyond academic settings, support for the preservation of the sporting record, collaboration with the museum and heritage sector, promotion of the study of the history of sport in higher and further education as well as by those in secondary school, and engagement with the broader public media.As part of this promotion, we organise an annual conference and publish the journal Sport in History, as well as work with the broader sports history community to organise and support local and regional activities. Alongside these activities, we are building and supporting networks of post-graduate students and links with other social history groups.The BSSH has members across the world, and we welcome anyone with an interest in the history of sport to our website and hope the material here is both interesting and useful for you. We are committed to sharing ideas, information and a passion for the study of the history of sport in a wide range of historical settings, and invite you to join us in these efforts.
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