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Call for Papers and Conference Announcement

The 5th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise will take place at the University of Chichester from the 30th August to the 1st of September. 

Following on from the success of the last conference at Loughborough University this conference will be held in conjunction with the international journal, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, and chaired by Dr Melissa Day.

Qualitative research in sport and exercise is growing. It is also increasingly celebrated for what it can offer academics, students, practitioners, and policy makers.

This conference is dedicated to promoting cutting edge empirical inquiry, advancements in qualitative methods, and debates about methodology, theory, representation, criteria, ethics, and practice. 


We welcome qualitative researchers from all the social scientific areas of sport and exercise to share and critically discuss their experiences of conducting qualitative inquiry.

The conference will serve the interests of those in all areas of qualitative study related to sport and exercise.

This includes sport and exercise psychology, sociology of sport and physical culture, sport history, physical education and pedagogy, sports medicine, and sport management and policy.

We invite abstracts for oral papers, symposia, posters and creative arts based research in the following areas related to the qualitative study of sport and exercise:          

  • Theory    
  • Criteria       
  • Ethics
  • Applied Practice           
  • Pedagogy       
  • Representation
  • Policy                       
  • Qualitative Methods

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 6th May 2016.

Please submit abstracts to using the template provided.

Authors will be notified of acceptance of submissions by 27th May 2016. Please visit our website for more information on the conference including keynote speakers, workshops, future deadlines and conference registration.

We hope you will be able to join us at Chichester for this important discussion and we look forward to receiving your proposal! 

Instructions for submission of abstracts

All abstracts must be completed on the abstract submission form and submitted by 6th May 2016 to The abstract submission form can found here:

Please note that there is no limit on the number of abstract submissions that each person may submit.

However, because of space limitations in the programme, the Conference Scientific Organising Committee will accept only one first author abstract per submission type. 

Authors will be notified of acceptance of submissions by 27th May 2016.

Oral papers: Oral papers will be organised into sessions with shared themes by the scientific committee. There will be a maximum of 20 minutes for each paper. Each presentation will last for 15 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions.

Symposia: Symposia consist of three to five authors who are proposing a set of papers based on a shared theme or topic. The papers may present complementary aspects of a specific body of work or contrasting perspectives. The authors, lead by an organiser, should design the session to allow time for individual presentations and a substantive discussion with the audience.

All authors must submit an abstract. Additionally, the organiser must submit a ‘proposal for symposium’ indicating the title, an overall abstract for the symposium, and a list the authors and titles of all papers. A discussant, who may be the organiser, paper presenter, or another individual identified in advance, should be prepared to provide concluding statements. 

Posters: Poster presentations consist of an exhibit of materials that report research activities in visual and summary form. Space will be provided in exhibit gallery for display of posters throughout the conference.

The first author is expected to be in attendance at the conference to discuss their work. The poster requirements are: A1 in size (841 x 594mm or 33.1 x 23.4 inches).

Creative arts based research: The committee welcomes the submission of creative arts based research. Display space for research using visual methods will be made available as will opportunities to share and/or enact performative work.

Please submit a description of your research using the abstract form. A member of the committee will contact you to discuss further.