Call for Participation | Doing, Writing, Thinking Sport History | Ph.D. student course, University of Lausanne, July 8–12 2023. Call ends May 8, 2023

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Sign post showing the direction to the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the Technical University of Lausanne (EFPL) on a cloudy March day in 2022, in Renens, Switzerland. (Shutterstock/Michael Derrer Fuchs)

Organized in collaboration with the Université Gustave Eiffel in Paris and based on the legacy of the « Copenhagen Summer School » (based on an idea from Gertrud Pfister and Gerald Gems, held since 2003), this summer school aims to promote sport history but also more broadly social and human sciences used to analyse the sport phenomena.

The summer school in 2023 will be held in Lausanne on the campus of the University of Lausanne, in a fantastic environnement both for its amazing views on the Alps and its role in the governance of international sports, with the presence of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and more than 50 international sports federations and organisations.

This course aims to provide a unique environment for PhD students who seek to develop skills around sport history, and to improve their network in the field. Lectures given by leading experts will cover specific methodological aspects and new issues in the field of sport history. Participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own research in specific sessions.

At the end of the summer school, the participants should have:

      • Discovered new epistemological approaches and new methodologies in sport sciences;
      • Benefited from exchanges with other young scholars;
      • Exchanged with influential and recognized professors of the field;
      • Strengthened their writing skills;
      • Improved their soft skills.

Focused on PhD students’ work, the pedagogical approach of the school is based both on lectures, discussing very specific methodological aspects and new issues in Sport history, and on workshops where articles or chapters submitted prior to the school will be discussed in small groups. Leading experts in the field will be lecturing and chairing the workshops, and informal discussion sessions will allow participants to have further discussions with them regarding their PhD topic.

The program also includes sessions on publications opportunities, on careers paths and writing processes as well as a daytrip in Bern and a visit to the Olympic archives.

Through these activities, the school aims to offer a rewarding scientific and human experience.

The registration fee is 325.- Swiss francs, which includes tuition fees, lunches, coffee breaks, and a day trip to Bern. There are scholarships available. Please note that accommodation is not covered by the fees.

You can apply online, by visiting the course website and clicking the top right blue button. Your application should include:

      1. A CV, with your academic records
      2. A motivation letter
      3. A description of your doctoral project (max. 2 pages)

When your application is complete, please click the checkbox under “Application status” on the course registration page and change it to “Submitted”. It will be reviewed and we will confirm the successful pre-registration as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is May 8th, 2023.

To read all about it, please visit the course website.


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