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We are pleased to announce that we have 4 confirmed keynotes for the 2016 conference: 

Dr Michael Giardina
Florida State University

Michael D. Giardina is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Florida State University, where his research and teaching focuses on critical analyses of sport, culture, media, and politics, as well as qualitative inquiry and interpretive methodologies.

He is the author or editor of 18 books, including most recently Qualitative Inquiry—Past, Present, & Future (with Norman K. Denzin; Left Coast Press, 2015), and Sport, Spectacle, and NASCAR Nation: Consumption and the Cultural Politics of Neoliberalism (with Joshua Newman; PalgraveMacmillan, 2011), which received the 2012 NASSS Outstanding Book Award and was named in CHOICE's 'Outstanding Academic Titles' list.

He is the Editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal, Special Issues Editor of Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies, and co-editor (with Brett Smith) of the new Qualitative Research in Sport & Physical Activity book series for Routledge. He has served as the Associate Director of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry since 2005. He is currently completing a book titled Qualitative Inquiry in Neoliberal Times (Routledge).

Professor Simone Fullagar
Chair, Physical Cultural Studies research group, Department for Health, University of Bath

In 2014 Simone moved from Griffith University, Australia, to take up the inaugural position of Chair in Physical Cultural Studies at the University of Bath, UK. Simone is an interdisciplinary sociologist who undertakes qualitative research into the gendered formation of leisure practices, health discourses and emotional wellbeing (funded by the Australian Research Council).

She has published widely using feminist post-structuralist and new materialist theories to critically explore active living policy, women depression and recovery, healthy lifestyles and inequality, liveability and the embodiment of alternative physical cultures (from cycle tourism, parkrun to roller derby).

In recognition of her gender research, Simone was presented with the Shaw-Mannell Award for Leisure Research by the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2015. She was previously the President of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) for four years. Simone is currently working on a new book A feminist biopolitics of women’s depression and recovery (with W. O’Brien & A. Pavlidis) to be published by Palgrave in 2017. 

Professor Andrew C. Sparkes
​Professor of Sport, Physical Activity & Leisure, Leeds Beckett University

Andrew C. Sparkes PhD is currently Professor of Sport, Physical Activity & Leisure at Leeds Beckett University, England.  His research interests are grounded in, and inspired by, a continuing fascination with the ways that people experience different forms of embodiment over time in a variety of contexts. To explore these experiences and represent them using a range of genres, Andrew is drawn towards ethnography, life history, autoethnography, and narrative approaches. Andrew is author of Telling tales in sport and physical activity: A qualitative journey (2002: Human Kinetics), and co-author (with Brett Smith) of Qualitative research methods in sport, exercise and health: From process to product (2014: Routledge). He is co-editor (with Brett Smith) of the Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (in-press: Routledge), and co-editor (with Maggie O’Neill & Brian Roberts) of Advances in biographical methods: Creative applications, (2015: Routledge). Andrew is currently working on an edited book to be published early in 2017 by Routledge entitled Seeking the senses in physical culture: Sensual scholarship in action. Andrew has the honour of serving on the advisory boards of Sport, Education and Society; Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health; and the Qualitative Research Journal. He is equally honoured to serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Aging Studies; The Sport Psychologist; International Journal of Men’s Health; Methodological Innovations Online; Qualitative Research in Education; Agora: Para la educacion fisica y el deporte (Spain); and La Revista Educación física y deporte (REfyd) (Colombia. South America).​

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