ISSA Welcome Message

The Executive Board of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) and I are excited to invite you to our 2018 World Congress of Sociology of Sport to be held June 5 to 8 at the Université de Lausanne (UNIL), in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Sociologists of sport first met in Switzerland in 1964 to discuss the creation of an international association that would become the ISSA. Switzerland again hosted ISSA scholarly meetings in 1968 and 1977 and we are excited to return to Switzerland in 2018. These meetings all support ISSA’s mission to advance education and research on the social significance of sport, exercise and physical activity. For over 50 years ISSA has continuously assembled scholars from across the globe—currently this includes scholars from over 30 countries–to facilitate research exchanges and to promote international co-operation. Though focused on sociology, ISSA congresses bring together social scientists from a variety of academic fields such as political science, history, cultural studies, ethnic studies, media studies, gender studies, social psychology, organizational and management studies, keen on debating critical issues regarding sport in society.

The theme of the 2018 Lausanne congress ‘Sports Organizations and Organizing Sports: Critical Reflections’ will certainly continue to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and debate. Fabien Ohl, a long-time ISSA member and past Executive Board member, is spearheading the Lausanne Local Organizing Committee (LOC) with Lucie Schoch his colleague from l’UNIL. Together with a team of graduate students, the organizers started planning the 2018 congress in 2016 and have been hard at work thinking about ways to offer an enriched academic, cultural and social experience for all attending delegates. The Lausanne LOC is currently crafting a scholarly program to advance the exchange of ideas and international networking related to the critical analysis of sports organizations as well as the latter’s effect on scholarly endeavours. As the home of 46 international sports federations, Lausanne offers a most appropriate setting for such discussions.

We are delighted to return to Switzerland and hope you will join us for the 2018 ISSA congress to discuss and debate the conference theme of how social sciences and sports organizations influence each other. Please note that additional sessions will also be offered to broaden the scope of the congress and to enable delegates to share their current research.

ISSA Executive Board members and I appreciate the enthusiasm and committed efforts of the 2018 Lausanne LOC to ensure an enhanced congress experience to all our delegates.

I look forward to seeing you in Lausanne,

Christine Dallaire  
ISSA President

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