Twelfth International Conference on Sport & Society

  • 2021 Special Focus—Sport and Society in Crisis
  • 24-25 June 2021
  • Hosted by: The University of Granada, Spain (Virtual)

2021 Special Focus—Sport and Society in Crisis

The impact of the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis has disrupted many regular aspects of life and therewith had considerable effects on the sporting world as well as on the physical and mental well-being of people around the world. On the elite level, the move of the Olympic Games to 2021 has led to significant disruptions to the sporting calendars. On the recreational level, access to regular sporting or exercise routines has been largely restricted. Many questions have come out of the current situation that we seek to answer at this year’s Sport & Society Conference. How can spectators safely return to mega-sport events? What psychological, physical and social impact did the Covid-19 lockdown have on elite athletes and leisure sport participants? What role can new technologies play in safeguarding sporting activities on all levels? We want to focus on the economic, social and cultural impact of crises in sport, including learning from other sectors and from sport’s history of (not) dealing with challenges in the past.

Conference Co-Chairs

Felix Zurita

Felix Zurita

Professor, University of Granada, Spain

José J. Muros

José J. Muros

Lecturer, University of Granada, Spain

Plenary Speakers

The Twelfth International Conference on Sport & Society featured plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

April Henning

April Henning

Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling, UK

Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

Professor Emerita, University of Toronto, Canada

Mikel Zabala

Mikel Zabala

Professor, Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, University of Granada, Spain, and Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Daniel Arriscado Alsina

Daniel Arriscado Alsina

Professor, Universidad Isabel I de Burgos, Burgos, Spain

Research Network Chair

Dr. Jörg Krieger

Dr. Jörg Krieger

Assistant Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:

Aimee Vlachos

Aimee Vlachos

The University of New England, U.S.A.

Caroline Voyles

Caroline Voyles

Drexel University, U.S.A.

Chris Borduas

Chris Borduas

The University of Calgary, Canada

Victor Romano

Victor Romano

Catawba College, U.S.A.

Christopher Yandle

Christopher Yandle

Eva Wolzok

Eva Wolzok

Graduate Institute of Sport, Leisure, and Hospitality Management, Taiwan

Pedro Danilo Ponciano Nuñez

Pedro Danilo Ponciano Nuñez

University of Vigo, Spain

Oluwaseyi Aina

Oluwaseyi Aina

The University of the West, Scotland

Richard Mayne

Richard Mayne

General Practice Academic Clinical Fellow, Queen's University, Northern Ireland

Christopher Castagno

Christopher Castagno

Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, USA

Laurel Dacus

Laurel Dacus

Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, USA

2021 Conference Partner