2021 BPSA Work-In-Progress Seminar Series

The British Philosophy of Sport Association (BPSA) is delighted to announce a new online work-in-progress seminar series. 

Our speakers include leading figures in the philosophy of sport community addressing fundamental and applied philosophical issues in sport:

July – Dr. Christopher C. Yorke (Open University)

‘Examining the Ethics of Utilizing Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Competitive Sport’, 28 July (3 p.m. U.K. time); co-authors Jon Pike, Jo Morrison; sponsored by the International Olympic Committee

August – Prof. Leslie Howe (University of Saskatchewan)

‘Time, Digitisation, and Human Effort: An Existentialist Perspective on VAR’, 25 August (3 p.m. U.K. time)

September – Dr. Emily Ryall (University of Gloucestershire)

Title TBA, 15 September (3 p.m. U.K. time)

October – Dr. Alfred Archer (Tilburg University)

‘It’s Much More Important Than That: Against Fictionalist Approaches to Fandom’, 27 October (3 p.m. U.K. time)

November – McNamee Student Essay Prize Winner and Runner-up

Date and Title TBA. 

Details of how to enter the Essay Prize can be found here (deadline 1 September ’21):


December – Dr. Andrew Edgar (Swansea University)

‘Sport and Psychoanalysis’, 8 December (3 p.m. U.K. time)

Each session will last 1 hour (30 min presentation and 30 min Q&A) and will be hosted on Zoom. Sessions are open to BPSA members only, and new members especially are encouraged to attend. The Zoom link will be circulated to members one hour in advance of each session.

Details of what membership includes and how to join the BPSA can be found here: http://philosophyofsport.org.uk/membership/

Any queries about the series can be directed to j.w.devine@swansea.ac.uk