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BPSA Annual Conference / 21-23 March 2024

Join us for the British Philosophy of Sport Association (BPSA) Annual Conference 2024 hosted by Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The official conference website

One of the world’s leading conferences on the philosophy of sport, the 2024 event will bring together researchers from across the globe to the North East of Scotland for a vibrant forum to network, exchange ideas and discuss the importance of games, play, and sport.

The conference will feature keynote speakers from academia and sporting professions, providing delegates with a unique opportunity to hear different perspectives on the nature and value of human movement.

More information will follow on how to get involved, including a call for abstracts, booking details and a social programme.

We look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards,

Professor Steve Olivier,
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Robert Gordon University
Dr Alfred Archer
Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association

16th Annual British Philosophy of Sport Association Conference 2019 – Trinity College, Oxford, April 2nd-5th

British Philosophy of Sport Association 16th Annual Conference – Trinity College, Oxford, April 2nd-5th, 2019.

Venue: Trinity College, Oxford
Date: Tuesday 2nd April – Friday 5th April 2019

Please note this years conference is being hosted by The Open University at Oxford Universities Trinity College. You can access The Open Universities conference webpage via this link:

Conference Registration and Fees

You can now register for this conference via the following link:  Eventbrite Conference Registration 2019.

The rates are as follows:

  • Conference and Accommodation (breakfast, lunch and ensuite) – £595
  • Conference and Accommodation Student Essay Prize Rate – £145 please note this rate is only open to students (undergraduate and postgraduate) who also enter the Mike McNamee Student Essay Prize
  • Conference no Accommodation – £195
  • Conference no Accommodation (student rate) – £95
  • Conference Dinner – £40

Conference Programme 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Tom Hurka (University of Toronto)
  • Sophie-Grace Chappell (Open University)
  • Julian Savulescu (Oxford University)
  • Angela Schneider (University of Western Ontario)
  • Mike McNamee (Swansea University)

For more information on this years keynote speakers please click here (you will be re-directed to the conference page ran by The Open University).

Guidelines for Abstract Submission:

Abstracts are invited in any area of the philosophy of sport and from any philosophical perspective: all decisions will be made solely on the basis of the quality of philosophical argument.

  • We are happy to receive abstract submissions any time from now
  • Abstract (300-500 words) final submission date – Friday 1st February 2019
  • Accepted abstracts will receive notification by – Friday 15th February 2019
  • Required format is MS Word, 12pt, single spacing, with indicative bibliography
  • Abstracts to be submitted electronically to with <your name – ABSTRACT – title> as the filename.
  • Papers must be prepared in English. The Programme Committee are very keen to encourage contributors to submit early versions of abstracts or papers for comment and for advice on language issues.

The Mike McNamee Student Essay Prize in the Philosophy of Sport, sponsored by Taylor and Francis.

Entries are invited from current undergraduate and postgraduate students for this new prize.  It will be awarded for an essay of no more than 3000 words, in any area of the Philosophy of Sport.  The prize is named after Mike McNamee, currently Professor of Applied Ethics at the University of Swansea, and founder of the BPSA.

The prize will be presented at the BPSA annual conference at Trinity College, Oxford April 2nd – 5th 2019.  It will consist of free registration and accommodation at the conference, and a prize of £200 of books from the Routledge Catalogue. The winner will be expected to present their work at the conference.

Nine other prize entrants will receive a reduction of £200 on the concession conference rate for conference attendance and accommodation. As such, they will each be liable only for a conference and accommodation fee of £145. While there is no geographical restriction on who may participate in the Essay Prize, travel costs will not be included in the prize.

Entries should be submitted to the conference organiser; by Friday 8th March 2019

Keep in Touch

For those of you who are active on social media make sure to follow us on twitter for all conference reminders and updates.
Twitter Handle: @BritPhilofSport
Conference Hashtag: #BPSAox2019

BPSA Conference 2015: Draft Programme

This is a draft programme for the BPSA conference 2015. Details may be added and subject to change but it will start mid-morning on Monday 13th and finish lunchtime on Wednesday 15th (with an additional cultural activity / excursion for those who are able to stay on).

Monday 13th April

11.00 – Registration
11.45 – Conference opening
12.00 – Keynote 1: Andrew Edgar, Cardiff University (Title to be announced)
14.00-16.30 – Parallel sessions
Eve – Drinks reception

Tuesday 14th April

9.30 – 15.30 – Parallel sessions
15.30 – 16.30 – AGM

Wednesday 15th April

9.30 – 11.30 – Parallel sessions
11.30 – 12.30 – Keynote 2: Keith Thompson, ‘Sport and the rest of life – a personal perspective’
13.00 – Conference close
13.00 – 16.00 – Cultural activity for those who are staying longer