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Call for papers: BSSH Conference 2017 University of Worcester

publication date: Mar 14, 2017

The British Society of Sports History 2017 Annual Conference

University of Worcester, Riverside Campus
Friday 1st –Saturday 2nd September 2017

This is an open themed conference. 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 an historical perspective.

Keynote speakers: Professor Tony Collins (De Montfort University) and Professor Mike Collins (Boston College)


Abstracts are accepted as follows:

• Individual: a single abstract from an individual /co-researchers for 20 minute presentations
• Proposed panel: a set of abstracts (ideally 3, or 4 maximum) submitted by a representative for a group of individuals/co-researchers examining a single topic or theme (session 1.5 hours, including c.30 minutes questions / discussion)


• Abstracts should be c.200 words, including:
• Full title: as it will appear in the conference programme
• Outline of the context and/or academic literature informing the research as appropriate; identifica-tion of core themes / argument of the paper and broad theoretical and/or methodological approach adopted as appropriate; significance of the research

Also include your preferred title / name; affiliation; email address and short biography (c.50 words)

Abstract submission deadline: Thursday 1st June 2017

Abstracts must be emailed directly to:

Please note that to present, you must be a member of BSSH. To join please visit:


Registrations (including accommodation and conference dinner bookings) will be able to be made on the official conference website which will be made available shortly.


  • Full delegate: £190 (BSSH members £170) Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September
  • Retired / Unwaged: £95 (members £85)
  • Day rates: £95 (BSSH members £85)
  • Day rates retired / Unwaged: £47.50 (members £42.50)
  • Postgraduate / ECR delegate rate (non-presenters) same as unwaged / retired  

BSSH will pay the conference fee and accommodation costs for presenters who are students or within 3 years of completing a PhD who do not hold a fulltime academic post (see below).

Students and early-career researchers

Our conference is renowned for providing a positive experience to postgraduate presenters.

The Richard Cox Postgraduate Prize is awarded for the most promising work submitted by a new researcher in sports history.Those wishing to be considered for the Richard Cox Postgraduate Prize must identify their intention when submitting their Abstract to the organisers. For full information on how to enter please click here.

On the Thursday preceding the conference, BSSH will also be running a workshop for postgraduates and early career researchers on academic publishing and careers.

BSSH will pay the conference fee and accommodation costs of paper presenters who are students and paper presenters within 3 years of completing a PhD who do not hold a fulltime academic post.   Please note that all presenters must be BSSH members. Membership can be taken up at the time of paper submission. Those who register for a free place / accommodation but do not attend the conference without notifying cancellation will be invoiced accordingly.

Conference Dinner, Friday 1st September 7.30pm, Worcestershire County Cricket Club

We are delighted to invite delegates to the annual conference dinner which will be held at the renowned Worcestershire County Cricket ground.

Founded in 1865, the ground has played host to many quality domestic & international matches and has been home to some of the sports’ most notable players, in-cluding Graeme Hick, Imran Khan, Greg Turner, Basil D’Oliveira and Ian Botham. Following a welcome drink on the terrace overlooking the ground, delegates will have the opportunity to enjoy a delightful 3-course meal with refreshments while enjoying the venue’s iconic view and its historic ambience.

Limited places available!
Further details will be announced on the conference website shortly. Delegates may reserve their place during the registration process


We are pleased to be able to provide delegates with en-suite bed & breakfast on-campus accommodation at the University’s St John’s campus for just £41 per per-son per night. The accommodation is located just a short 10-15 minute walk from the Riverside campus conference venue.

On-campus accommodation may be booked at the point of registration.

Post-graduates and other delegates planning to arrive on Thursday will also have the possibility of booking on-campus accommodation.
Alternative options within the city, in addition to travel and location details will be added to the conference website shortly.