Institute of Sports Science

International PhD workshop: Culture, Sport and Society

University of Tübingen, Germany - 09–13 April, 2018

The 2018 PhD course will be organized by the University College of Southeast Norway (USN), Norway, and Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany.

Sport is an increasingly vibrant and important area of social and cultural life, and is therefore a key subject for study in its own right. The study of sport enables us to gain a much deeper understanding of culture, particularly with respect to cultural production and cultural politics.

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. Additionally, the course is intended to stimulate innovative and creative perspectives on sport and culture.

The curriculum will include the following topics and issues:

Course Structure and Supervisors
The course will feature a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops. Lectures and seminars will be given by leading academics from European universities:

Workshops will enable students to discuss their projects with lecturers and fellow students. Every PhD student should present a paper for discussion and participate actively in seminar discussions.
Academic staff will act as supervisors of the PhD 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 in the field of sport science.

Prior to the workshop we will prepare an abstract book consisting of the different PhD projects. For this purpose we ask you to hand in a onepaper characterizing your PhD project by February 5, 2018, to Alexia Schnell (alexia.schnellspam

This year’s course venue is the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany. In the years to come the venue may change, so that the course will be hosted by other partner institutions. If you are interested in hosting a future course, please contact Richard Giulianotti (