- On May 15, 2012 the CSPS hosted its latest Policy Matters seminar. Dr. Wanderley Marchi Júnior from Universidade Federal do Paraná (BRAZIL) gave a presentation entitled "Voices of Rio 2016," which explored issues around the hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Dr. Marchi is with the Centro de Pesquisas em Esporte, Lazer e Sociedade (CEPELS –
Centre for Public Policy for Sport and Recreation of the State of
Parana) and is Vice President of the Asociación Latinoamericana de
Estudios Socioculturales del Deporte (ALESDE – Latin American
Association for Sociocultural Studies of Sport).
- The CSPS supported a panel discussion entitled "Do Alternative Schools Play By Alternative Rules?" The panel, which took place on February 16, 2012, was part of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education's Black History Month celebrations. The poster for the event can be viewed here.
- On February 3, 2012 the CSPS hosted a Policy Matters seminar with Dr. Kathy Jamieson from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Jamieson delivered a presentation entitled "Dangerous Bodies and Sporting Imperialisms: Interrogating the LPGA's Global Turn."
- On October 26, 2011 the CSPS released the most comprehensive study to date of gender equity in Canadian interuniversity sport. The Report is the first in what will be a biannual series that tracks gender equity in participation opportunities and leadership positions within Canadian interuniversity sport. The Report can be viewed here.
From October 3-6, 2011, Peter Donnelly and Bruce Kidd attended the Play the Game conference in Cologne, GERMANY. Kidd gave a panel presentation entitled, “For gender self-verification;” and Donnelly presented a paper entitled, “Inspiration is not enough: Why sports mega-events always promise but rarely achieve a legacy of increased participation in sport.” Both presentations may be found on the Play the Game website.
The Centre was well represented at the World Congress for the Sociology of Sport, held in Havana, CUBA from July 12-15, 2011:
- Simon Darnell gave a paper on “Sport for South-South cooperation – Exploring the sport for development mandate of Cuba’s Escuela Internaçional de Educacion Fisica y Deporte”
- Michael Atkinson presented “Sport for development meets empiricism: Myths, realities and the evidence vacuum”
- Peter Donnelly presented “Inspiration is not enough: Major Games and the social determinants of sport participation”
- Kyoung Yim Kim presented “Glamorous sojourners: Korean women golfers transnational mobility and flexibility.” Her paper won the 2011 ISSA Graduate Paper Award
- On June 1, 2011 the CSPS hosted its latest Policy Matters seminar. Dr. John Hughson, from University of Central Lancashire in the UK, delivered a presentation entitled "Reuniting Sport and Art: The Potential of Olympic Posters".
- On May 30-31, 2011 the newly-formed Sport Legacies Research Collaborative hosted its first Pan American Games network meeting, a workshop focused on the network’s emerging research and evaluation plans for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The two-day event sought to stimulate the formation of local, national and international research collaborations on the relationship between major games and sport for development; sustainable sport, physical activity and health; and healthy high performance sport. Another meeting is being planned for the Fall of this year.
- The CSPS provided support for a panel session entitled Sport for Development and Peace in Africa: The Promise and the Risk, which took place on February 16, 2011 at the University of Toronto. The session was part of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education’s Black History Month celebrations. Panelists included CSPS graduate students Lyndsay Hayhurst and Donald Njelesani. The poster for the event can be viewed here.
- The Centre’s SSHRC-funded research project on measuring sport participation continued with the Measuring Sport Participation Workshop, hosted at University of Toronto on October 23, 2010. The workshop featured dialogue to develop final policy recommendations between scholars, representatives of National Sport Organizations, and civil servants from the Ontario and Canadian governments. The CSPS distributed the Executive Summary of its report Sport Participation in Canada: Evaluating Measurements and Testing Determinants of Increased Participation to workshop attendees.
- The CSPS was pleased to sponsor the 2010 Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF), which took place in Toronto from September 30–October 2, 2010. The CSFF aims “to project onto the big screen the ways in which sport, recreation, physical activity, dance, and play provide meaningful experiences in the lives of people around the world.” For more information please visit the CSFF website.
- On May 25, 2010 the Centre hosted Scholar, Athlete, Activist: A Celebration in Honour of Bruce Kidd; the daylong academic symposium focused on sociocultural issues in sport and featured a range of Canadian and international speakers from the worlds of academia, sport and government.
- On March 19, 2010 CSPS members
Michael Atkinson and Peter Donnelly gave the Chicago Seminar on Sport
and Culture (Chicago, US) on the theme of “Sport, Social Intervention,
and Public Sociology.”
- In March, 2010 the annual spring conference organized by the Centre moved to the world’s largest democracy when CSPS members Russell Field, Bruce Kidd, Boria Majumdar, and Peter Donnelly went to Delhi, INDIA for an important conference on The Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth; the Centre helped with the initial organization of this key event.
- The CSPS provided sponsored a panel discussion on February 25, 2010 entitled The Natural Black
Student Athlete, as part of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education’s Black History Month celebrations. The panel explored the question “are black students expected to be on the court and not in the classroom?” Panelists included scholars, coaches, and community leaders. The poster for the session may be viewed here.
- The January 2010 special issue of Sport in Society is the refereed proceeding of the CSPS/KPE 2008 conference, To Remember is to Resist: 40 Years of Sport and Social Change.
- Check out the December, 2009 / January, 2010 issue of Policy Options; this special Olympic issue has articles by CSPS members Bruce Kidd [article], Peter Donnelly [article] and Jean Harvey [article].