BPSA Annual Conference 2023

Conference announcement 

The 21st British Philosophy of Sports Association Conference will be hosted by Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen, Scotland, 21-23rd March, 2024.

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 as well as the sporting professions, providing delegates with a unique opportunity to hear different perspectives on the nature and value of human movement.

Enquiries should be directed to:

Organizing Committee: Dr Alfred Archer, Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association; Prof Steve Olivier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Robert Gordon University; Dr Silvia Camporesi, Vice-Chair, British Philosophy of Sport Association; Prof Dr Jim Parry, Secretary, British Philosophy of Sport Association.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Erin Tarver, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Emory University.
  • John William Devine, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Ethics, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Swansea University.
  • Panel Discussion featuring leading sports personalities on “Winning is everything!”

Conference Registration: rgu.ac.uk/bpsa2024.

Accommodation: rgu.ac.uk/bpsa2024 (details to be confirmed).

Call for Abstracts

Guidelines for Abstract Submission:

  • Send abstract (300 words) by: Wednesday November 15, 2023 at midnight.
  • Accepted abstracts will receive notification by Friday December 15th, 2023.
  • Include: name, institution, abstract, indicative bibliography; all to fit on one side of A4. Required format is MS Word Times New Roman 12pt, single spacing.
  • Abstracts should be in English and must involve philosophical treatment of a topic related to sport.
  • Abstracts to be submitted to s.j.parry@leeds.ac.uk with filename <ABSTRACT – last name – title> e.g. <ABSTRACT – Parry – Is ‘Robot Wars’ a sport?>
We look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you in Aberdeen!

European Association for the Philosophy of Sport, in association with the British Philosophy of Sport Association 

Venue:  KU Leuven, Belgium https://www.kuleuven.be/english/kuleuven   

Date: 30th March to 1st April, 2023

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: 

Dr Irena Martinkova, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Charles University in https://ftvs.cuni.cz/FTVSEN-241.html  

Prof Thomas Schramme  Dept. of Philosophy, Liverpool University 


Dr Silvia Camporesi Dept. of Political Sciences, University of Vienna 


Call for Papers 

Presentations will be twenty minutes with ten minutes for questions and discussion. 

Guidelines for Abstract Submission 
• Send abstract (200-300 words) as soon as possible – final submission date: 15th Jan 2023 (Sunday) 
• Decisions communicated by 1st February 2023 
• Required format is MS Word Times New Roman 12pt, single spacing, no auto-formatting, ‘normal’ margins – as per attached example – with name, institution, abstract, max 5 keywords. 3-5 items of indicative bibliography; brief personal details – all to fit on one side of A4. 
• Abstracts to be submitted to s.j.parry@leeds.ac.uk with the formulaic filename as follows:   <ABSTRACT – surname – title> 

For further information regarding the academic programme contact Dr. Andrew Edgar, edgar@cardiff.ac.uk 

For further information regarding the conference logistics contact Dr Marcus Campos marcus.campos@kuleuven.be  

  1. Conference Registration and Fees 

The rates (inclusive of European Association of the Philosophy of Sport membership) are as follows: 

  • Full Conference Fee 150 eu   
  • Unwaged (eg non-salaried students, retired, independent scholars) Conference Fee 50eu (please note that 10 spaces have been reserved in this category, with accepted abstract presenters being prioritised for these places) –  

Conference Programme  



Call for Abstracts

The British Philosophy of Sport Association is delighted to announce the call for abstracts for our 20th Anniversary Conference. The event will be held online (on Zoom), 7-8 April ’22

Keynote Speakers (Confirmed thus far)

Prof. Harry Collins (Cardiff University)

Prof. Mike McNamee (KU Leuven/Swansea)

Guidelines for Abstract Submission

  • Abstracts are invited in any area of the Philosophy of Sport and from any philosophical perspective.
  • Abstract final submission date – Friday, 25 Feb 2022.
  • Accepted abstracts will receive notification by Friday, 4 March 2022.
  • Required submission format is 300-500 words, MS Word, 12pt, single spacing, with indicative bibliography.
  • Submissions must be prepared in English.
  • Abstracts should be submitted as an MS Word file with <your name – ABSTRACT – title> as the filename (e.g. Devine – ABSTRACT – On Winning).
  • Abstracts should be submitted by email to j.w.devine@swansea.ac.uk with subject line: BPSA Conference Abstract