British Society of Sports History

Promoting the Study of the History of Sport

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The Call for Papers for our 2021 conference is now live!

The conference will be held at St Mary's University (Twickenham) from Thursday 26th August 2021 – Friday 27th August 2021.

This is an open themed conference and submissions based on original research are welcomed from UK and overseas scholars and can relate to any aspect of sport, physical recreation, education and culture, as considered from a historical perspective.

Our keynotes will be delivered by

  • Dr Richard Mills (University of East Anglia) - 2019 Lord Aberdare Prize Winner.
  • Dr Claire Warden (Loughborough University) - Sir Derek Birley Memorial Lecture.

Click here to download the call for papers.

Update: We have extended the call and will continue to accept submissions until FRIDAY 4 JUNE 2021!

Please note that we intend to host the conference in person. Plans are, however, subject to changing guidelines issued by UK / English government. Should we be forced to modify plans we will keep attendees apprised of these modifications.
Unfortunately we will not be able to refund your registration fee if you register but ultimately cannot travel for any reason (e.g. illness, need to self-isolate, local lockdowns).

Past conferences:

The 2020 Conference was held online due to Covid-19.

The 2019 Conference was held at Liverpool Hope University.

The 2018 Conference was held at the University of Westminster.

The 2017 Conference was held at the University of Worcester. 

The 2016 Conference was held at the University of Edinburgh.

The 2015 Conference was held at Swansea University.