ANNUAL Conference 2016 10th Anniversary
Sport, Politics and social justice, 4-5 March 2016, Bournemouth UNIversity
Sport, as a cultural form par excellence, is inherently P/political, having what can be described as an ambiguous relationship with the notion of social justice. Governments and international sports organisations often cite the commonly held precepts of social justice – fairness and/or entitlement – as key aspects and determinants of political bargaining and policymaking concerning sport. Indeed some would claim that it is the supposed virtue of justice that sits at the heart of sport that gives sport such special value manifest in the use of sport in initiatives such as crime prevention, community development and health promotion. Others would suggest that within a wider cultural politics, sport, can be understood as an insidious site through which various discourses are appropriated and mobilised in regard to the organisation and discipline of daily life and, from this perspective, sport may do very little to champion an orientation towards social justice, equality and inclusion.
The Sport, Politics and Social Justice Conference 2016 will provide a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary examination of these issues and more. The conference aims to explore the inter-relationship between sport*, politics and social justice by drawing on research from politics and political science and a variety of academic fields, including: sociology, social policy, philosophy, criminology, community and youth work, history, law, geography, and sport studies.
*We recognise sports in their broadest forms, including: elite/high performance, competitive, recreational, community, disability and lifestyle sports.
Download the conference programme (amended 25 Feb)
Louise Mansfield (Brunel University)
Sport, health and wellbeing: politics and research-practice-policy partnerships
Friday 4th March, 10-11am
Bryan Clift (University of Bath)
The politics of Brazil and the winning of Rio 2016
Saturday 5th March 11am-12pm
About the speakers
Dr Louise Mansfield is a Senior Lecturer in Sport, Health and Social Sciences at Brunel University London. Her research interests are focused on social inequalities in sport, physical activity and health. She is particularly interested in the role of sport in public health and the development of partnerships in research-policy-practice work. Louise has published in peer reviewed academic journals and produced a range of high level reports and best practice case for the sport and health sectors. She has a track record in conducting research to inform policy and practice and has led or supported multidisciplinary, mixed methods research for UK research councils and external agencies including the ESRC, the MRC, the Department of Health, sportscotland, Sport England, UK Sport and Macmillan Cancer Support. Louise is a Health Champion in the London Borough of Hounslow and a trained walk leader, leading walks for cancer patients and survivors in a local hospital setting.
Dr Bryan Clift joined the Physical Cultural Studies Research Group in the Department for Health at University of Bath after completing a doctoral degree in 2014. His research focuses on issues concerning and related to the (in)active body, subjectivity and identity politics, urban governance, and popular cultural practices and representations. Bryan is committed to the critical contextualisation of power and power relations as expressed in and through bodily practices, discourses and representations, structures and processes, identities and subjectivities, and spatialities.
This includes registration, refreshments & lunch both days.
PSA members: £70.
Non-PSA members: £100
NB: Conference fees do not include accommodation or conference dinner (to be held on evening of 4th March). Conference Dinner (£25) and accommodation can be booked as additional extras via the online registration.
To book a place please use the link below.
We have organised for all conference delegates to be able to access a special conference rate at the Ramada Hotel (Bournemouth Town Centre) at £57 per night
NB: The conference venue is a 5 minute walk from the Ramada