That Was The Week That Was,
December 4–10, 2023, plus Books for Review


Dear all,

Technically speaking, the most recent Week That Was was last week; alas, there is nothing to report from that miserable week, which I touched upon in a letter to you all last Thursday. Business was down due to ill health brought about by the Corona virus. Several readers got in touch after that letter expressing sympathy, with was greatly appreciated and cheered me up no end. One of them, my friend Ask, had had a bout of Covid himself recently and he called the unwanted viral intervention irritating, which describes my own sentiments to a tee.
So, below are listed items that were published on the week before he week that was. Click on the red headings to go to content. Utilize the Google Translate service to turn Scandinavian language pages into (some sort of) English.
This week we will publish a couple of book reviews, and not much more. I doubt that there will be a Newsletter distributed on Christmas Day, though, so you’ll have to keep a lookout yourselves, on and our social media.

And now, I’m pleased to present a list of

Books för review!

Clicking the headline above will take you to a page where 29 books are listed that are presently waiting for reviewers to present themselves. Just select a title and drop me a line, and I will send that book to you. First come, first served.
I wish you all a pleasant and restful holiday season.
Kjell Eriksson

Research Article

Ut på tur med app: Teknologi i hverdagens bevegelseskultur
[Hiking with an app: Technology in everyday movement culture]


The aim of this peer review article by Odd Lennart Vikene, Reidun Nerhus Fretland, Sylvia Hole and Helga Synnevåg Løvoll, published in Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum, is to explore how new technologies, here exemplified by the app Georeg, influence the hiking experience. The analysis identified four overarching themes: 1) from tour book to app, 2) how the app form and regulate, 3) the app creates contradictory feelings, and 4) when technology takes control. The findings illustrate both positive and negative perspectives of using the app, and a clear ambivalence from the informants appears in the material. (Published in Norwegian 231206; abstract in English available.

Book Reviews

Action Sports and the Olympic Games: Past, Present, Future, by Belinda Wheaton & Holly Thorpe

Olympic champion Shaun White celebrates victory in the men’s snowboard halfpipe final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea (Shutterstock/Leonard Zhukovsky)

Based on a decade of research by Belinda Wheaton and Holly Thorpe, Action Sports and the Olympic Games maps the relationship between action sports and the Olympic Movement from the inclusion of the first action sports to those featuring for the first time in the Tokyo Olympic Games and beyond. Anna-Maria Strittmatter, an action sports insider, is thoroughly enthused – this is a must read for action sports researchers and practitioners, as well as everyone interested in the governance of the Olympic movement. (Review in English, published 231205.)

Facing Social Justice in Sports, by Adam J. Kuban (ed.)


Facing Social Justice in Sports, an edited volume by Adam J. Kuban (The Facing Project Press) follows the lives of over 20 athletes, coaches, and sports-media professionals in different stages of their careers, capturing their lived experiences and the defining moments that propelled them to advocate for change. Bo Carlsson’s review reveals the collection of narratives that are engaging as well as interesting; the interviews certainly provide the empirical basis for further analyses. (Review in English, published 231208.)

New Issues of Scholarly Journals

(We rely heavily on journal publishers delivering on their promises of new issue alerts. Sometimes they don’t.)

  • Managing Sport and Leisure, Volume 28, 2023, Issue 5 (231205)

News items (calls for papers, vacancies, etc.)

Still from Zanzibar Soccer Dreams by Florence Ayisi & Catalin Brylla, 2016. © Iris Films
  • Call for Papers | International Football History Conference | Cardiff City Football Club, June 7–8, 2024. Call ends January 3, 2024 (231205)
  • Call for Papers | “Examining the inclusiveness of sport fandom and spectatorship”, Special Issue of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal | Call ends May 1, 2024 (231205)
  • Call for Papers | “Writing the Body”, subject for the MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 19 | Call ends January 8, 2024 (231205)
  • Call for Participation | The Sport and Leisure History Seminar Series, organised by the British Society of Sports Historians | Check out the program! (231206)
  • Calls for Papers | “(Re-)Placing Sport: Anthropological perspectives on a global problem”, Inaugural conference of the International Network of Sport Anthropology | Durham University, UK, April 18–19, 2024. Call ends January 17, 2024 (231206)
  • Call for Papers | “Queer Spaces in Sports” Conference | University of Hyderabad, Telangana, India, February 9, 2024. Call ends December 10, 2023 (231207)

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  1. Dr. Kjell,

    A very happy Christmas to you. Thanks for the relevant information in the newsletter – it has helped keep me up to date on what is happening in the world of sport.

    Kind regards,
    Engela van der Klashorst
    Victoria University, Melbourne


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