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The Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union is searching for candidates to organise its 13th annual conference in summer 2018. Given the success of past conferences and the good prospects of our upcoming conference in Molde, it is fair to say that Sport&EU’s annual conference is becoming a regular stop in the academic circuit. It is also particularly attractive for practitioners. Thus, local organisers certainly benefit from organising the event. The conference has now grown to be a full 2-days event and we expect our 2018 edition to maintain that format, if not to grow incrementally.

Sport&EU welcomes applications from its members accross the continent. We would encourage members from countries that have not hosted the conference before to consider applying. We also encourage applications from Britain and South and Eastern Europe.

If you are interested in organising our 2018 conference, please contact us with any questions by email to conference2018@sportandeu.com

Full applications forms will be required,  by email, to conference2018@sportandeu.com no later than 31 March 2017.

For inquiries and any other questions related to the application, please email conference2018@sportandeu.com

Download the application form here

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The conference will run from Thursday 29 June through Friday 30 June 

Conference venue: Molde University College – Specialized University in Logistics

A pre-conference evening will be organised starting on Wednesday 27 June at 20:00 at Seilet Hotel.

All times are local.

Please see the link for further information.

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We are pleased to announce that our 2017 annual conference will take place in Molde (Norway) on 29 and 30 June 2017. This will be the first time our flagship event takes place in northern Europe, and the first time it is hosted in Norway and Scandinaviapain. The local organisers will be Molde University College, under the coordination of Oskar Solenes, who will chair the organising committee, Christos Anagnostopoulos, and Birnir Egilsson. The conference will take place under our usual two-day format, starting in the morning of the 29th and finishing in the afternoon of the 30th. The organisers are already working hard to put together an attractive academic and social program that might feature (if the fixture list is kind to us) a game of the local team, FC Molde. The organisers are also working very hard to be able to offer very attractive packages of registration and accomodation for the conference. Information will be made public in due course.

Professor Richard Parrish, honorary chair of Sport&EU commented on the selection of Molde to host the 2017 conference: “I’m really thrilled that Sport&EU will being ‘going north’ in June 2017. Molde University College in Norway is very well known for its sports provision and the local organisers have put together an outstanding and affordable package for our members. The decision to visit Norway reaffirms our commitment to take Sport&EU to new destinations, both within and outside the EU. Our 12th annual conference in Molde promises to be very memorable indeed. I look forward to seeing you there”. Oskar Solenes, the chair of the local organising committee looks forward to meeting Sport & EU delegates: “We are really happy to have the opportunity to organise the first Sport&EU conference in Norway. Molde is a beautiful city in the fiords and we are sure delegates will find it attractive. We have really good facilities in a compact environment, which will make attending the conference very easy. We are honoured to be given the opportunity and I really hope to see all of you in Molde next summer”.

A call for papers for the conference will be distributed very soon. We would encourage members of the association to pencil in the dates of the conference already, to ensure they have no clashes come next summer. We look forward to seeing many of you in Molde in 2017.

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The Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union is happy to announce a great line up of speakers for our 2016 Annual conference, hosted by the Institute for European Studies at San Pablo-CEU University, in Madrid. The conference will take place on 27-28 June and registration is still open. The conference will open with a keynote lecture by Luis María Cazorla, First vice-president of the Spanish National Olympic Committee and member of the International Olympic Committee’s legal commission. Mr. Cazorla will speak about legal approaches to sports governance in an international environment. We are also honoured to announce that the Spanish Sports Minister, Professor Miguel Cardenal Carro, will draw the conference to a close with his concluding remarks on Tuesday 28th.

During the conference, besides a record number of academic papers, there will be two round tables with very distinguished speakers. These includes Santiago Fisas MEP, the co-chair of the European Parliament’s sport intergroup, Carole Ponchon, PR and Project Manager at the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE), Agata Dziarnowska, Policy officer at the European Commission Sports Unit (DG EAC), and Dr Ben Van Rompuy, of the TMC ASSER Institute.

With this impressive line up of speakers, out 11th Annual Conference promises to be the perfect place for academic and policy debate on EU sport policy. If you want to attend, please register following the instructions in our website.

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English version of this post is available here.

La Asociación de Estudio del Deporte y la Unión Europea (Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union, Sport&EU) tiene el placer de anunciar la apertura del plazo para el envío de propuestas de pósters, que se presentarán durante la celebración de el 11º Congreso Anual de la asociación en Madrid, los días 27 y 28 de junio de 2016.

Por primera vez en la historia de la asociación, introducimos estas sesiones de presentación de pósters con el fin de potenciar nuestro compromiso con los doctorandos e investigadores que inician su carrera. Nuestro objetivo consiste en proporcionar un entorno idóneo en el que los nuevos académicos puedan presentar sus trabajos, de modo que puedan obtener información útil y contribuir al desarrollo de nuestra área de investigación.

A tal efecto, animamos a los interesados al envío de propuestas de pósters, que serán presentados durante la celebración de nuestro congreso anual.

Las propuestas deben enviarse por correo electrónico a conferenceposters@sportandeu.com antes del próximo 5 de abril.

Su propuesta debe incluir:

  • Un resumen de aproximadamente 350 palabras. El resumen debe indicar claramente:
    • Su tema de investigación y/u objetivos
    • Su metodología
    • Una exposición (preliminar) de los resultados y su relevancia empírica / teórica
  • Un CV breve en el que explique los objetivos y contexto de la investigación propuesta (forma parte de un doctorado o proyecto más amplio, es resultado de su tesis doctoral…)
  • El póster puede ser diseñado en inglés o español (véase más adelante)

Las propuestas, sin embargo, deben ser elaboradas y presentadas en inglés para su consideración por el comité científico de la asociación.

Los pósters podrán ser diseñados en español, aunque se prefiere el inglés. Si opta por el diseño en español, le recomendamos incluir un breve extracto en inglés (por ejemplo, un folleto de una página) para la audiencia internacional de la conferencia. Si desea obtener más información sobre las diversas temáticas de la conferencia, pulse aquí. La Asociación anima a los interesados a abordar estos temas prioritarios.

La versión en inglés de esta convocatoria puede consultarse aquí.

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gran-via_1072541The Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union (Sport&EU) invites proposals of research posters to be presented during our 11th Annual Conference in Madrid, 27-28 June 2016.

For the first time in the association´s history, we are introducing posters sessions to further support our commitment to the development of PhD students and early career researchers. Sport&EU mission statement clearly recognise our objective to provide a friendly venue for new academics to present their work, so they can obtain valuable feedback and contribute to the continuous development of our area of academic enquiry.

Thus, we are inviting proposals for poster presentations during our conference.

Proposals should be submitted by email to conferenceposters@sportandeu.com by April 5th.

In your proposal, please include:

  • An abstract of around 350 words. The abstract must clearly state
    • Your research question(s) and/or objectives
    • Your methodology
    • A discussion of your (preliminary) results and its empirical/theoretical relevance
  • A brief CV explaining your own background and the context of the research you are proposing (is it part of a PhD, part of a wider project, it is the result of your MSc thesis…)
  • Whether your poster will be in English or Spanish (see below)

Proposals need to be drafted and submitted in English.

Posters can be designed in Spanish, although English is preferred. If you are designing your poster in Spanish, we would recommend you also have a brief handout in English for the conference´s international audience.

 

Please refer to the conference call for paper for more information on the Conference’s thematic priorities:, that can be seen here. Posters that address these priorities are encouraged.

La versión en español de esta convocatoria puede consultarse aquí.

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The campus of San Pablo CEU University in Madrid, the conference hosts.

The campus of San Pablo CEU University in Madrid, the conference hosts.

The Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union (Sport&EU) will host its 11th Annual Conference on 27-28 June 2016 in Madrid. The local organisers will be the Institute for European Studies and the Centre for Competition Policy of CEU San Pablo University.

The association would like to seize the occasion of this annual conference to look forward to the most pressing challenges for the study of sport in Europe, both widely defined. We want to focus our 2016 annual gathering towards the future. This should be an occasion to test new ideas, new approaches and to debate what should be done differently so our work contributes even more to the study of Europe and mainstream academic disciplines.

Against this backdrop, the association invites the submission of paper and panel proposals that address one or more of the main thematic topics identified:

  • European identity and sport. What is the relationship between a feeling of Europeanness and sport, if at all? How does sport reflect current socio-cultural and political crisis in Europe? How can we increase our understanding of sport in Europe from different disciplines, such as history, sociology, anthropology or gender studies?
  • Sport governance. The governance of international and European sport seems to be at a point of crisis. What are the main problems and how can these be solved? What role, if any, can European public authorities play in sport governance? From a more academic point of view, how can sports governance be better studied? Are current models valid and reliable? Also, what differences can be found in different countries in relation to governance structures?
  • The commercialisation of sport, the single market and competition policy: In view of recent Commission investigations, is there a need for a further separation of sport governing bodies’ commercial and regulatory roles? Is competition policy being properly applied to the sports sector? Is the role of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in danger?
  • Teaching sport and the EU: In an attempt to disseminate and debate best practice, we would welcome papers and panels that present innovative teaching approaches to our area of expertise. Papers in this area may take a more practical/best practice approach to generate discussion on teaching matters.

Following one of Sport&EU’s established traditions, we strongly encourage proposals with original interdisciplinary approaches including works in the fields of the social sciences, law, business, politics, etc. We would specially value submissions from areas that have not traditionally featured in our conferences, such as history, economics, communication and media or cultural studies.

As always we are also very interested to see work in progress by PhD candidates or graduate students.

In line with Sport&EU’s traditional policy of promoting gender equality and diversity, female academics and/or practitioners are particularly encouraged to send their proposals. Panels and papers that present an element of equality and diversity in their topic, framework or analysis will be considered favourably.

Given the focus of the conference on the future, we will value specially papers and panels with an innovative approach that have the potential to generate new theoretical/academic debates and start establishing an agenda for research. Risk and innovation are welcome.

How to submit a proposal

Single paper proposals: Send a 250-word abstract, together with a short biography and your contact details.

Panel proposals (maximum of 3 papers per panel): please send in a single document a 250-word panel abstract, together with a 250-word abstract for each paper and a short biographic note for each presenter. Please also indicate whether you have identified a chair for the panel or whether you would request the organisers to allocate one.

All paper and panel proposals should clearly indicate which one of the thematic topics they address.

Proposals should be sent by email to the organisers at the following address: conference [at] sportandeu.com

Please note the submission deadline: 31 January 2016.

All paper or panel proposals will receive a reply by 4th March 2016.

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The Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union is searching for candidates to organise its 12th annual conference in summer 2017. Given the success of past conferences and the good prospects of our upcoming conference in Madrid, it is fair to say that Sport&EU’s annual conference is becoming a regular stop in the academic circuit. It is also particularly attractive for practitioners. Thus, local organisers certainly benefit from organising the event. The conference has now grown to be a full 2-days event and we expect our 2017 edition to maintain that format, if not to grow incrementally.

Sport&EU welcomes applications from its members accross the continent. We would encourage members from countries that have not hosted the conference before to consider applying. We also encourage applications from Britain and Eastern Europe.

If you are interested in organising our 2016 conference, please contact us with any questions to express your interest by email to conference2017@sportandeu.com

Full applications forms will then be required,  by email to conference2017@sportandeu.com no later than 31 March 2016.

For informal enquiries and any questions related to the application, please email conference2017@sportandeu.com

The application form can be downloaded here.

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gran-via_1072541We are pleased to announce that our 2016 annual conference will take place in Madrid on 27 and 28 June 2016. This will be the first time our flagship event takes place in south-western Europe, and the first time it is hosted in Spain. The local organisers will be the Institute of European Studies and the Centre for Competition Law of San Pablo-CEU University in Madrid, under the coordination of Professor Jerónimo Maillo. The conference will take place under our usual two-day format in the beautiful campus of San Pablo-CEU University in central Madrid, very close to most commercial and tourist areas.

The conference will have three main areas of interst, which will feature in the call for papers: Sport and European identity, sport governance and legal regulation of Sport in Europe. In a time of growing activity in EU sports law and policy, our annual conference will be the perfect event to share new ideas and approaches to the study of sport in the European Union.

Professor Richard Parrish, honorary chair of Sport&EU commented on the selection of Madrid to host the 2016 conference: “We are delighted to take our annual event to southern Europe once again, this demonstrates once more our commitment to support the academic community accross the continent. I am sure the Madrid conference will be another success, and I hope to see there many members of the association next year”. Professor Jerónimo Maillo, the local coordinator, is eager to receive Sport & EU delegates: “We are really happy to have the opportunity to organise the first Sport&EU conference in Spain. Our centre for European studies and our centre for competition law research will be the perfect venue to debate about the ongoing challenges to sport in Europe. We are going to work really hard to make of this the best Sport&EU conference to date. We are honoured to be given the opportunity and I really hope to see all of you in Madrid next summer”.

A call for papers for the conference will be distributed very soon. We would encourage members of the association to pencil in the dates of the conference already, to ensure they have no clashes come next summer. We look forward to seeing many of you in Madrid in 2016.

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Prof. Ögehan Şenyuva (METU)

Prof. Ögehan Şenyuva

The Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union is pleased to announce that the keynote speech of our 10th anniversary conference, in Angers, will be delivered by Prof. Özgehan Şenyuva, of Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey). This demonstrates, once again, Sport&EU’s commitment to foster relationships between academics from different regions in the continent. Prof. Şenyuva will be accompanied by Dr. Borja García, of Loughborough University (United Kingdom). The title of the keynote is ‘From Grayson to Richardson: What the hell has the common market (not) to do with sport?’. In their lecture, the speakers will pay tribute to the academics and practitioners that have contributed to the development of the study of sport in Europe, starting with Edward Grayson QC who, famously, was rather sceptical about it when he questioned many years ago our association’s honorary chair, Professor Richard Parrish. And ending with Prof. Jeremy Richardson, the well known academic and co-editor of the Journal of European Public Policy (among other milestones in his career), who has demonstrated a clear interest in the value of the study of sport to understadn the EU.

In their keynote lecture, Borja Gacía will recall the origins and development of Sport&EU, looking back at the past ten years. He will also assess the development of this area in academic terms, reflecting on the good work of a young generation of enthusiastic scholars and discussing what still needs to be done. Özgehan Senyuva will build on his vast experience and on the latest research of the FREE (Football Research on an Enlarged Europe) Project, to discuss and reflect on what we can learn about Europe and the European Union through sport.

Özgehan Şenyuva is  an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and a Fellow of the JMCE Center for European Studies of Middle East Technical University. He holds a PhD in political science from the Centre for the Study of Political Change (Circap) at the Università Degli Studi di Siena with his dissertation entitled as ‘Turkish Public Opinion and the European Union: Determinants of Turkish Public Support for European Union Membership’. He also obtained a Master Scientifico Culturale in ‘Politica Comparata de Europea’ in the same university. Prior to that, he completed his MSc in the Department of International Relations and his BSc. in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of Middle East Technical University. He writes, conducts researches and lectures on Foreign Policy Analysis, European Integration and Enlargement, Turkey-EU Relations, Public Opinion, Identity, European Football, and Youth Work. He has held different positions in several interdisciplinary research projects. He was the Coordinator of WP4: Myths and Elites of ‘Strengthening and Integrating Academic Networks (SInAN)’, a project that was supported by Civil Society Dialogue Programme: Universities Grant Scheme. He worked as a member of Elite Working Group of the IntUne project: ‘Integrated and United? A Quest for Citizenship in an Ever Closer Europe’ which was one of the few Integrated Projects on the theme of Citizenship financed by the European Union within the scope of the 6th Framework Programme. He was the Project Manager in ‘Turkish Elite Perspectives on European Integration’, and is currently working as the WP7 leader and Principal Investigator in FP7 project, ‘FREE-Football Research in an Enlarged Europe.

Borja García is a Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management at Loughborough University. He is one of the founding members of Sport&EU.

Sport&EU 2015 Conference information

More information about the conference, registration, travel and accomodation can be found by clicking here.

The full programme of the conference can be found  by clicking here.

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