By: Letisha Brown
Paris, France “The City of Light,” is home to numerous attractions from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, delicious chocolates and macaroons, and fantastic wines and cheese. Paris is the home of writers, painters, scholars and more, and this June The City of Light played host to the International Sociology of Sport Association‘s (ISSA) 50th World Congress. The International Sociology of Sport Association in conjunction with its publication the International Review for the Sociology of Sport (IRSS) functions to generate and disseminate knowledge about sports and society, as well as engage with and inform people and policies and contribute to human development through sports (www.issa2015.org).
During this four-day conference, June 9th-June 12th, nearly 400 participants from over 40 countries descended on Paris to share in more than 320 communications including a keynote address from Dr. Genevieve Rail; presentations and posters on topics such as sports and disability, politics, policy and sports, and sports, health and well-being. As a graduate student I had the pleasure of attending this year’s World Congress in Paris, meeting new people and seeing old friend as well as hearing from scholars from across the globe whose work inspires my own. Additionally, I had the opportunity to present my own research that focuses on the use of Dr. Patricia Hill Collins (1990, 2000) conception of “controlling images” and its relevance to the domain of sports. The sociology of sport aims to critically examine the meaning, role and function of sports in the lives of individuals and the societies in which they live. The International Sociology of Sport Association and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport provide platforms through which such critical analyses can be widely shared.
Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown is a PhD. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses mainly on issues of race and the body, and her work has been published in peer reviewed journals such as the South African Review of Sociology.