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ISSA programme and schedule

ISSA 2019 conference opening day

Wednesday 24 April 2019




Panel Discussion: The power of sport as a tool to create positive social change for women and girls in society

Rt. Hon. Grant Robertson, Minister of Sport & Recreation
Professor Elizabeth Pike (University of Hertfordshire, Past-President ISSA)
Raewyn Lovvet, Co-Chair, International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG)
Kereyn Smith, CEO, New Zealand Olympic Committee
Rachel Froggat, CEO, Women in Sport Aotearoa (WISPA) and Secretary General, IWG Women and Sport Secretariat & Conference 2018-2022


Official Welcome


Keynote Speech: The More-than-Human Worlds of Self-Tracking for Health and Fitness
Professor Deborah Lupton


Welcoming Reception

ISSA 2019 programme

Download the schedule (PDF format, 131KB)

Download the Congress book (PDF format, 913KB)

Graduate workshop

Monday and Tuesday April 22 and 23, 8:30-5:00 pm

Graduate students who have confirmed attendance at the ISSA 2019 will meet at 9 am on Monday April 22 at the main building of the School of Physical Education, Sport & Exercise Sciences, 55 Union Street- see map below. On arrival into Dunedin please take a shuttle – it is not necessary but you can pre-book using one of the shuttle services listed on the conference website.

Conference website

Please make sure you have the contact details of your accommodation in order to tell the shuttle driver.

Accommodation: Most students are staying at either the KiwiNest Backpackers or the University Executive Residence. One of our volunteers will meet you between 8:30 and 8:45 am on Monday morning to escort you to the Workshop.  We will receive details of the schedule and events by e-mail. All meals (except breakfast) are included.

Keynote speaker

Professor Deborah Lupton

Professor Deborah Lupton

SHARP Professor
Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
University of New South Wales, Sydney

Keynote title and abstract

The More-than-Human Worlds of Self-Tracking for Health and Fitness

In this presentation, I take up new materialist theoretical perspectives to examine the sociotechnical imaginaries and embodied experiences and practices of self-tracking for health and fitness. I draw on several of my recent empirical research projects on self-tracking, explaining how new materialism was applied to select methodological approaches, develop research questions and analyse research materials. These materials include developers' websites, descriptions of apps on app stores, interview and focus group discussions, artefacts generated from participatory design workshops and video footage of self-tracking practices. I identify the relational connections, affective forces and agential capacities generated with and through people's encounters with self-tracking.


Deborah Lupton is SHARP Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, working in the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre. She is the author/co-author of 16 books, the latest of which are Digital Sociology (Routledge, 2015), The Quantified Self (Polity, 2016), Digital Health (Routledge, 2017) and Fat, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2018). Her forthcoming book Data Selves will be published in late 2019. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Social Science awarded by the University of Copenhagen.

Research interests

  • Critical digital health studies;
  • Big data cultures;
  • Surveillance society and digital technologies;
  • The digitisation of children;
  • The use of digital technologies in academia;
  • Social analysis of sensor-based and wearable technologies;
  • Media, risk, health and medicine.

Follow Deborah on Twitter @DALupton
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Special panel discussions

ISSA 2019 will feature two special panel discussions that focus on important contemporary issues relevant to the field and beyond.

Panel 1

Wednesday April 24, 16:30-17:30pm

The power of sport as a tool to create positive social change for women and girls in society


Rachel Froggat, CEO, Women in Sport Aotearoa (WISPA) and Secretary General, IWG Women and Sport Secretariat & Conference 2018-22 and Professor Elizabeth Pike (past-President, ISSA)

Panel participants:

1. Minister of Sport and Recreation: Rt. Hon. Grant Robertson
2. Kereyn Smith, CEO of the New Zealand Olympic Committee;
3. Raewyn Lovett, Co-Chair of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport
4. Professor Elizabeth Pike, Head of Sport, Health and Exercise, University of Hertfordshire

Moderator: Rachel Froggatt, CEO of Women in Sport Aotearoa (WISPA) and Secretary General of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport Secretariat & Conference 2018-2022.

Panel 2

Friday April 26, 15:30-16:30pm

The Fake Article Hoax and the State of Play in Critical and Qualitative Sociology of Sport
Organizer: Lawrence Wenner, Loyola Marymount University, USA


This panel features a distinguished group of scholars assessing key issues raised by a recent renegade study that entailed a group of researchers submitting fake research for publication to respected academic journals across the critical social sciences and humanities. The "hoaxster" assault on many notable research outlets, including the IRSS and SSJ, was purportedly done to reveal problematic core deficiencies and political predilections seen in what was characterized as "grievance studies" rampant across critical, cultural, and postmodern identity-anchored scholarship. Panel discussion considers the ethos of submitting 20 fake articles to scholarly journals (seven of which were published in prestigious outlets), the legitimate and misguided concerns about critical and qualitative scholarship that may have driven this hoax, the handling of a fake submission to the IRSS and the larger implications for critically-oriented scholarship in the sociology of sport.

Panel participants

  • Lawrence Wenner, Loyola Marymount University, USA
  • Dominic Malcolm, Loughborough University, UK
  • Kim Toffoletti, Deakin University, Australia
  • Richard Pringle, Monash University, Australia
  • Mary McDonald, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Catherine Palmer, University of Tasmania, Australia

Information for presenters

All presentations will be 15 minutes in duration followed by 5 minutes for discussion. It is important to follow the program and to allow discussion after each paper rather than one discussion period at the end of the session to facilitate movement from one session to the next.

Please prepare a PowerPoint presentation. PC/MAC Desktop computers and a LCD projectors will be available in each conference room. Internet access will be available in the meeting/conference rooms.

All presentation files including any videos should be saved to a USB drive. We encourage you to upload your presentation onto the desktop of the computer in your assigned presentation room when you arrive but at the latest please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your session to upload your presentation files to the assigned computer. If you are using a video clip in your PowerPoint presentation, remember that it is important that you save the video file(s) in a separate file from your PowerPoint presentation but in the same folder. When you check in and upload your presentation, quickly run through the presentation to make sure that the clip(s) plays when required.

Poster presentations

Poster Presenters are asked to use a portrait style poster (A0 size). The conference will provide pins at each poster board.

Congress venue

The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university and arguably its most picturesque. Founded in 1869, it sits on the banks of the Leith River and contains a mixture of old stone buildings and strikingly modern ones. The St David Lecture Theatre complex is one of the latter, with first-class audio-visual facilities, break-out rooms and casual spaces. Importantly, it incorporates a café and there are places to lounge and network with other conference goers – or step outside and enjoy sitting on the lawns or sculptured steps beside the calming waters of the Leith.

The World Congress of Sociology of Sport 2019 will be held in the St David Lecture Theatre Complex which features 6 seminar rooms plus a main lecture theatre.

Catering for morning and afternoon coffee/tea and lunches will be held at the venue.

St David Lecture Theatre

Further information about the St David complex