On behalf of the Executive Board of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA), I am pleased to invite you to take part in our 2017 World Congress of Sociology of Sport to be held at the National Taiwan Sport University in Taoyuan, Taiwan.
For more than 50 years, ISSA has sought to advance education and research on the social significance of sport, exercise and physical activity. One of our main strategy to achieve this goal has been to assemble scholars from over 38 countries in international congresses to facilitate research exchanges and to promote international cooperation. Though focused on sociology, ISSA congresses bring together social scientists from a variety of academic fields such as political science, history, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, social psychology, organizational and management studies, keen on debating critical issues regarding sport in society.
Under the leadership of Tony Hwang, a long-time ISSA member, our colleagues from the National Taiwan Sport University and from the Taiwan Society of Sport Sociology have been planning the upcoming congress since 2015 to offer an enhanced academic, cultural and social experience to all delegates. Our hosts are putting together an engaging scholarly program on the theme of “Reimagining Democracies and Sport” to foster research dialogues and international networking. Join us May 30 to June 2 2017 for this first ISSA congress in Taiwan and contribute to research conversations and debates related to questions such as what level of participation and what type of participation is required of members of a sport system for it to be deemed democratic and who is a member of such sport democracies. A variety of additional sessions will also broaden the scope of the congress debates and enable delegates to present their latest research.
On behalf of ISSA, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the 2017 Local Organizing Committee and to the Scientific Committee for their endeavours and dedication to ensuring an enriched congress experience to all our delegates.