International Seminar Social Studies of Sport - July, 1st and 2nd - Santiago and Valparaíso, Chile

The International Seminar on Social Studies of Sports, entitled "Major Sporting Events and Challenges for Public Policy” was held in the cities of Santiago and Valparaiso, respectively, between July, 1-2 July. This seminar grew out by collaborative efforts of professionals within the CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS SOCIALES DEL DEPORTE (CESDE) (Social Sports Studies Center), the NÚCLEO DE ESTUDIOS SOCIOLÓGICOS DEL FÚTBOL (Center of Sociological Studies of Football) and counted on the collaboration of three universities of Chile: the University of Santiago (Chile), by the School of Sciences Physical Activity, Sport and Health (ECIADES); the Catholic University of Valparaiso, through the School of Psychology and the University of Valparaiso, in turn, by the Sociological Research Center (CIS).

This seminar was attended by scholars, fans and politicians from different nationalities who during their work and biographical trajectories, focused on the sport as a social phenomenon, legitimate and necessary to be studied.

The seminar aimed to address some of the main themes that relate to the world of sport today. The first day, which was held in Santiago, had as its object discuss safety management in sporting events. For he had Argentine, Brazilians and Colombians academics, who have studied the phenomena safety at sporting venues in different perspectives. Also attended by spectators of Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina, which gave us the vision of those who are the true object of public policy. Finally, he counted on the presence of representatives of the State of Chile, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil, who presented the experience and perspectives that sport security policies are built in each of these nations. During this journey, something important was the exposure of the fans as social actors of security at football.

The second day, which was held in Valparaiso, focused on discussing sport, society and culture. For this, first, it counted with a panel that addressed the theme "Gender and Sport" by academics working in Argentina and Canada. Then the following panels addressed the theme "Identity and Territory" in relation to sport; Here participated academic by Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. Finally, the prospect of social intervention developed through sports by calling panel "Sport and Community" with national academics.

The knowledge built from this activity, invites us to generate more and more learning in the field of sports through local practices and knowledge, essential issues to understand to think public policy in the sport from a multisectoral perspective. Even more now that Chile has a new Ministry of Sports, which must systematize their experiences to translate them into future public policy in relation to sport and physical activity. Understanding that generate these guidelines not only affect their own sports field but generate connections to Education, Health, Social Policy, Labor, Tourism, among others.









































3rd Latin American Congress of Sociocultural Studies in Sport

We are glad to share the first announce of the 3rd Latin American Congress of Sociocultural Studies in Sport – “Sport and Physical Activity in the Latin American integration process”. The congress will be hold in the University of Concepción, in the city of Concepción, Chile. The first processes to hold the event are being developed by ALESDE, the Physical Education Department from the Faculty of Education of University of Concepción and by the Group of Olympic and Social Studies in Sport of Concepción. The deadline to submit papers is June 30th, 2012. Further information is available in the website: (soon in its English version)

ALESDE’s member, Professor Luz Amelia Hoyos Cuartas has received the Colombian Research in Physical Education, Sport and Leisure Award

We are glad to share the information that Professor Luz Amelia Hoyos Cuartas from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional of Colombia received the 5th National Award in Physical Education, Sport and Leisure, together with Carlos Gutiérrez Garcia. Expomotricidad is the most important academic event of this area in Colombia. It is recognized in South America by its quality and quantity of international proposals invited every year. Each two years, this award is given to the approval of Colombian and international evaluators. Hoyos Cuartas’ paper is titled: “Scholar Sport in Bogotá: characterization of offered programs by schools”.
ALESDE congratulates Professor Luz Amelia Hoyos Cuartas for the merit of her doctorate thesis and the research work. We are glad to share the recognition of this developed work that has a lot to contribute to Latin American and International Studies.

Vice-president of ALESDE, Dr. Wanderley Marchi Júnior is the new corresponding editor of IRSS in Latin America

In the last November, Dr. Wanderley Marchi Júnior (Federal University of Paraná/Brazil) was invited to serve as Corresponding Editor for the International Review for the Sociology of Sport (IRSS) for 2012. IRSS is the most international and longest published journal focused on sport, society, and culture. Published by Sage Publications in London, IRSS is the official journal of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA), an organization affiliated with the International Sociological Association and UNESCO.
The primary duty of Dr. Marchi Júnior as Corresponding Editor is to serve as a regional ambassador for IRSS, to encourage research submissions, and to represent IRSS and ISSA at regional meetings to identify and encourage future affiliation of Latin American scholars with both IRSS and ISSA.
We would like to congratulate Dr. Marchi Júnior and wish him success in this new position. ALESDE’s members must feel represented and encouraged to get involved in ISSA and IRSS. Further news will come up soon.
Read the invitation letter.

Submissions are open to Journal of ALESDE (n. 2)

Please consider submit your contribution to the Journal of ALESDE. The first number was launched last September and can be accessed for free. The next number will be launch on March 2012 and we continually accept submissions. Further information at:

Section “Interview” of ALESDE’s website is launched

We would like to invite you to check the contribution of Prof. Elizabeth Pike (University of Chichester/UK) about sport and the Olympic Games in London 2012. (in English and Portuguese).

2012 ISSA Congress in Glasgow, UK

The next International Sociology of Sports Association Conference will be hold from 16th to 18th July 2012 in Glasgow, UK. The abstract submission is already opened and the deadline is January 30th. The online registration will be open early 2012. Further information at:
Become a member of ISSA. More at:

Conference: Sport and the Global South II: Legacies, Possibilities, Transformations

The Second International Conference of the Academy of International Sport at George Mason University will be hold in November 12-14, 2012. Call for Papers will be issued early in 2012 with the Second Conference Announcement. For additional information contact: Professor John Nauright -

Call for contributions – Sport and Nationalism in Latin America

Please consider this this call for contribution on Sport and Nationalism in Latin America, which is being organized by Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste (Georgia State University, USA) and Robert McKee Irwin (University of California, USA). The deadline for abstract is December 1, 2012.

2012 ISHPES in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sports (ISHPES) and the Brazilian Society for the History of Physical Education and Sports will hold a joint Congress at Gama Filho University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will be hold in July 9-13, 2012. The deadline for abstracts and symposium is January 8, 2012. Further information at: