Call for Participation | Lecture by Professor Brett Smith, Durham University: “Disability sport and social justice – A possibility for para-athletes?” | University of Copenhagen, November 12, 2019

    • Are you interested in narrative and qualitative research methods?
    • In sport and social justice?
    • In sport for all – including persons with disabilities?

If so, you are most welcome to this lecture by Professor Brett Smith of Durham University, United Kingdom.

Disability sport and social justice: A possibility for para-athletes?

Interest in sport and social justice has grown over recent years. There is however little empirical work on para-sport and social justice. This gap is noteworthy in light of the new (2019-2022) International Paralympic Committee (IPC) strategic plan, which explicitly calls for social justice oriented work via para-athletes. The purpose of this talk is to discuss social justice in relation to para-sport and activism. What, if any, types of activism do para-athletes engage in? How is activism facilitated or hindered? How do key stakeholder view social justice in para-sport and what implications might this have for realizing the IPC strategic plan? Drawing on quantitative and qualitative data collected in different countries, such questions will be critically discussed in the talk!

Brett Smith is Professor and Director of Research at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences Durham University, UK. Since gaining his PhD on disability, sport, physical activity and wellbeing in 2003, Brett has continued to conduct research in these areas. Reflecting a passion to cross disciplinary boundaries, his research draws on psychology, sociology, and critical disability studies.

Brett Smith is also an expert in n arrative and qualitative methods. He is co-editor of the Routledge book series on Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Activity. His most recent books include Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health: From Process to Product (2014) (with Andrew C. Sparkes), the International Handbook of Sport Psychology (2015), and the Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (2016).

Tuesday, November 12, 14:00–15:45.
Det store auditorium
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports’
University of Copenhagen
Nørre Allé 51
2200 Copenhagen N

Contact: Helle Winther <>

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