PhD Course: Culture, Sport and Society, 18–22 May 2014, Telemark University College@Bø, Telemark, Norway

Richard Giulianotti is organizing the academic side of the course with Hans Hognestad. Both are also speakers at the course.

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to advance student interest in, and understanding of, the social and cultural aspects of sport, with particular reference to broader issues of culture, cultural production and cultural politics. The course will feature a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops on this theme. Lectures and seminars will be given by leading academics from Norwegian and other European universities. Workshops will enable students to discuss their projects with lecturers and fellow students. Students will also receive practical advice and guidance on writing up their projects, and on how to write for publication in academic books, journals, and other media. The course seeks to provide the basis for the development of long-term international research networks involving PhD students and more established scholars and researchers.


  • Nils Asle Bergsgard (Telemark University College, Norway)
  • Gunn Engelsrud (Norwegian Sports University, Oslo, Norway)
  • Richard Giulianotti (Loughborough University, UK/Telemark University College, Norway)
  • Hans Hognestad (Telemark University College, Norway)
  • Jorid Hovden (NTNU Trondheim, Norway)
  • Tommy Langseth (Telemark University College, Norway)
  • Harry Arne Solberg (Trondheim Business School, Norway)
  • Jan Ove Tangen (Telemark University College, Norway)
  • Ansgar Thiel (Tübingen University, Germany)
  • Lone Friis Thing (Copenhagen University, Denmark)


The course will cover a wide range of substantive topics and theoretical issues that will be of direct relevance to student research interests. Topics and issues to be covered will include:

  • Sport, cultural politics, cultural policies, and cultural identities
  • Sport and globalization, for example in relation to cultural identities, mega-events, or ‘sport and development’
  • Sport, economy and media in different cultural contexts
  • Sport, the body and the environment in different cultural contexts
  • Sport and socio-cultural ‘problems’ e.g. doping, violence, exclusion
  • Theories and concepts of sport
  • Research methods for studying sport

Further aspects of the course will include student presentations and group discussions of research projects; and guidance on the development of student writing skills and publication plans. The social programme will include a dinner for participants, and students will also have the opportunity to participate in sport and outdoor life activities.


The course venue is Telemark University College (Bø Campus), Telemark, Norway. It is anticipated that in future years the course venue may change, so that the course will be hosted by other partner institutions. If you might be interested in hosting the course in future years, please contact Richard Giulianotti (


The course will be organized by Telemark University College, Norway. Key contacts for the organization of the academic side of the course are Richard Giulianotti ( and Hans Hognestad ( The key contact for practical matters, such as queries on accommodation, is Nanna Løkka (

Teaching Structure and Credits

The credit value of the course is 10 ECTS. The course will run for five working days, and consist of lectures, paper presentations, seminars, workshops, and supervisory sessions. At the end of the course, students will be required to submit a scientific essay. When assessed and graded as a ‘pass’, a diploma will be issued by Telemark University College in cooperation with the participating universities.

Participation and Application

The course is open to all PhD students. Please apply to join the course by completing the application form below.

Priority will be given to PhD student participation, but if possible we may consider the involvement of Masters and post-doctoral students.

Course Costs

Participating students will be expected to cover the costs of their participation, in terms of travel, accommodation and meal costs.

Accommodation will be available at the Bø Hotel, which is a five-minute walk to the main TUC building. The cost of accommodation per person is around NOK880 per night (single room) or NOK570 per night (per person, in shared twin/double room), all inclusive of breakfast. Please book directly with the Bø Hotel, tel. +47 35060800, email When booking, please state that you are participating on the ‘Culture, Sport and Society’ course at TUC. Lunch during the course will be available in the main TUC building, normal cost is around NOK55.

To apply, fill in the form at the end of this link and sent it no later than March 31, 2015.

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