ISSA 2008

Sport and Society at the Crossroads
5th World Congress of ISSA


On behalf of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA)
I want to welcome all of you to Japan and the beautiful city of Kyoto.
The Japan organising committee has developed
a wonderful program of scholarly, social and cultural events.
This will be a great opportunity to share our research,
learn about Japanese culture, and meet new friends.
We look forward to seeing you in Kyoto!

Professor Steve Jackson
President, ISSA

Invitation to ISSA 2008 Japan

The Organizing Committee extends an invitation to you to attend the World Congress of the International Sociology of Sport Association. The world congress on Sport and Society at the Crossroads is to be held in Kyoto, Japan from 26 July to 29 July 2008 (with a pre-Congress workshop to be held 26 July).


PosterPoster (Design by Rieko TAKE) 

Aim and theme of the congress 

This is the first ISSA congress to meet in Japan, the crossroads of East and West, the traditional and the modern. The congress represents ISSA’s commitment to cross-cultural dialogue in an increasingly globalized world. We are looking forward to an interchange across national boundaries and academic disciplines.

Main topics 

Globalization & Sport
Sport and National Identity
Sport, Politics and Policy    
Gender and Sport
Sport and Identity Politics
Sport and Technology
Sport and Health
Sport and Media
Sports Mega-Events
Sport in Asia            
Adapted Sport           
Sport Promotion


26-29 July 2008



Scientific program 

The scientific program consists of keynote sessions, parallel sessions, poster sessions and a book exhibition. Topical and controversial issues may be discussed in“ad hoc”sessions.

Social program  

The opening ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on 26 July at the International Hall, where representatives of Kyoto University will greet the congress participants. The congress will close with a farewell dinner on 28 July.

Information for presenters 

If you are interested in contributing a paper or poster, or organizing a workshop, please send an abstract online in addition to your registration. Registration forms and abstract submission forms will be available on the congress website by the end of November 2007. Additional information and guidelines will be frequently updated on the congress website. All abstracts accepted will be published in a volume of abstracts and distributed to participants at the beginning of the Congress. The selection of presentations and their allocation to the sessions will be determined by the Scientific Committee.
Questions about registration can be addressed to the Congress coordinator by email at:  

Congress fee 


Until 31st May 2008

From 1st June 2008

ISSA members

30,000 Yen

35,000 Yen


35,000 Yen

40,000 Yen

Accompanying persons

10,000 Yen

10,000 Yen

The deadline for reduced registration fee was postponed until 31st May  
Participants from category B or C countries are discounted 10% of the fee and students are discounted 50% of the fee. (Please see the "Registration")


Deadlines − important dates 

29th March 2008: Submission of abstracts
30th April 2008: Notification of acceptance of contribution
31st May 2008: Deadline for reduced registration fee  
26th July 2008: Arrival and registration
29th July 2008: Departure

Paying Registration Fee in Kyoto

If you have not yet paid your registration fee, you can pay when you register at the congress site in Kyoto.  Payment will be accepted in cash, Japanese yen only. Credit cards, personal checks and traveler's checks will not be accepted at the congress site.


Official language 

The official language of the Congress is English.




International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA)
Japan Society of Sport Sociology (JSSS)

Organizing Committee 

Atsuo Sugimoto (head)
Soon-Hee Whang
Takayuki Yamashita
Kimio Ito
Kouichi Kiku
Keiji Matsuda
Isamu Kuroda
Hajime Hirai
Keiko Nakae
Haruo Nogawa
Hidesato Takahashi
Shinichi Kawaguchi
Yasuo Yamaguchi

Scientific Committee 

Keiji Matsuda
Satoshi Shimizu
Yoshio Takahashi
Hitoshi Ebishima
Tetsuo Nishiyama
Natsuko Saka
Lee Thompson
Steve Jackson
Gertrud Pfister
Christopher Hallinan
Fabien Ohl
Elizabeth Pike
Kimberly Schimmel
John Sugden

Congress Venue 

The congress will take place in the historic buildings of Kyoto University located in the heart of the ancient capital.
Yoshida Campus of Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan
Main Campus
Faculty of Letters: Keynote, Oral presentations, Poster session
Clock Tower Central Hall: Pre-congress workshops, Welcome reception, Symposium1
Faculty of Medicine Campus
Shiran Kaikan: Symposium2, Congress dinner






Participants will be responsible for booking their own accommodations. See information on the registration site.

Further information

1. Keynote Lectures

 ・ITO Kimio (Kyoto University, President of JSSS)
 ・Kari FASTING (Norwegian School of Sport and
   Physical Education, Ex-President of ISSA)

2. Symposiums
Symposium 1 (27th July)

The Olympic Games: Tradition, Globalization, Media, Power
  ・William W. KELLY (Yale University)
  ・OK Gwang (Chungbuk National University)
  ・XU Xin (Cornell University)
  ・SHIMIZU Satoshi (University of Tsukuba)
   Coordinator: SUGIMOTO Atsuo

Symposium 2(28th July)

a. Sport in Asia: Tradition and Transformation
   Coordinator: WHANG Soon-Hee
b. Sport and the Public Sphere
   Coordinator: KIKU Koichi, YAMAGUCHI Yasuo

3. Pre-Congress Workshops (26th July)

 (1) Invention and Authenticity in the Traditional Body
   Culture of Japan
   Coordinator: Lee THOMPSON,
 (2) Digital Sport
   Coordinator: MATSUDA Keiji, YAMAMOTO Ya-Ya Mayumi




Presented by Kyoto Shimbun

Traditional Sport "KEMARI"

Presented by Kyoto Shimbun

Modern Sport "Marathon for Citizen in Kyoto"