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PhD Course 2022: Culture, Sport and Society

The aim of the course is to advance student interest in, and understanding of, the social and cultural aspects of sport, with particular reference to broader issues of culture, cultural production and cultural politics.

Dates: 12 – 16 September, 2022
Location: Umeå University, Sweden

Welcome to the 3rd edition of the PhD course Culture, Sport and Society, this time held in Umeå, Sweden. We are proud to present a very strong team of speakers and hope that we will get to know many PhD-students from across Europe and beyond. If you want to know more about Umeå, please visit Umeå Tourist Office, or join a drone flight for an overlook. For some quick facts about Umeå University, take a look at this. You can also take a quick stroll through our campus here.

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to advance student interest in, and understanding of, the social and cultural aspects of sport, with particular reference to broader issues of culture, cultural production and cultural politics. The course will feature a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops on these themes. Lectures and seminars will be given by leading academics from European universities.  Workshops will enable students to discuss their projects with lecturers and fellow students. Students will also receive practical advice and guidance on writing up their projects, and on how to write for publication in academic books, journals, and other media. The course seeks to provide the basis for the development of long-term international research networks involving PhD students and more established scholars and researchers.


Sine Agergaard, Aalborg University

Adam Evans, University of Copenhagen

Bieke Gils, University of South-Eastern Norway

Richard Giulianotti, Loughborough University/University of South-Eastern Norway

Tommy Langseth, University of South-Eastern Norway

Dino Numerato, Charles University in Prague

Aage Radmann, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

Natalie Barker Ruchti, Örebro University

Astrid Schubring, University of Gothenburg

Lone Friis Thing, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

Anne Tjönndal, Nord University


The course will cover a wide range of substantive topics and theoretical issues that will be of direct relevance to student research interests.  Topics and issues to be covered will include:

  • Sport, cultural politics, cultural policies, and cultural identities
  • Sport for development
  • Sport, physical culture, gender and the body
  • Learning cultures and cultural learning in high-performance sport
  • Sport and body cultures
  • Sociology of sport, technology and the environment
  • Fan cultures in sport
  • Sport, innovation and inclusion/exclusion
  • Sport, culture and migration
  • Theories and concepts of sport
  • Research methods for studying sport

Further aspects of the course are student presentations and group discussions of research projects; and guidance on the development of student writing skills and publication plans. The social programme will include evening activities such as dinners and sport and outdoor life activities. 


This year’s course venue is Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden. It is anticipated that in future years the course venue will change, so that the course will be hosted by other partner institutions. If you might be interested in hosting the course in future years, please contact Richard Giulianotti (richard.giulianotti@usn.no). 


The 2022 PhD course will be organized by University of South-Eastern Norway and Umeå University, Sweden. Key contacts for the organization of the academic side of the course are Richard Giulianotti (richard.giulianotti@usn.no) and Josef Fahlén (josef.fahlen@umu.se). Key contact for practical matters, such as queries on accommodation, is Josef Fahlén (josef.fahlen@umu.se).

Teaching Structure and Credits

The credit value of the course is 5 ECTS. The course will run for five working days and consist of lectures and student presentation. At the end of the course, students can (if they need the credits) submit a scientific essay. When assessed and graded as a ‘pass’, a diploma will be issued by University of South-Eastern Norway in cooperation with the participating universities. It should be noted that it is possible to participate without submitting an essay. If the credits are not needed for the fulfilment of a PhD, it is possible to take part in the course as a scientific workshop. 

Course Costs

Participating students will be expected to cover the costs of their participation, in terms of travel, accommodation and some evening meal costs. Lunches, coffee, “Fika” (snacks) and some dinners will be provided by the organizers.

Regarding accommodation, we suggest consulting the options provided here. Most options are located within the city centre with very short walking distances between them. In order to keep the group together, we suggest trying to make reservations at one of the following options:

Budget prizes

  1. 57:an rumsuthyrning, http://www.57an.se/,  € 26 per night
  2. Norrland YMCA Hostel, https://www.ny-hostel.com/,  € 60 per night
  3. Gamla Fängelset, https://www.hotellgf.se/en/, € 75 per night

Regular prizes

  1. Elite Hotel Umeå, https://www.elite.se/en/hotels/umea/elite-hotel-mimer/, € 90 per night
  2. U&Me Hotel, https://umehotel.se/en/, € 100 per night
  3. Comfort Hotel Winn, https://www.nordicchoicehotels.com/hotels/sweden/umea/comfort-hotel-winn/, € 100 per night




Josef Fahlén

Professor at Department of Education
Umeå University




Richard Giulianotti

Professor of Sociology
Loughborough University/University of South-Eastern Norway


Latest update: 2022-03-28