On the 4th June I headed out to the 2018 World Congress of Sociology of Sport hosted this year in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The academic conference had over 300 participants and had activities across four days. The well-established international academic community brings together a diverse range of presentations and sessions; attached here is the program and abstract booklet.
I did not present this year, instead, I headed out to soak up the environment, meet old and new friends, and try to write up a journal article (under review) and non-academic research report (now published)!
To document my time I decided to Vlog. The following 8 minutes represents a real snap shot into my experience. It features thoughts:
- On returning to Switzerland (I did a ski season in Verbier in 2009/09, and did my masters archival research in Lausanne at the Olympic archives in 2015);
- The city of Lausanne (from the viewpoint of a run and my journey to the conference venue);
- Insight from seasoned ISSA delegate Dr. Geoff Kohe;
- A trip to the awesome Olympic Museum;
- And finally why I value the experience of conferencing (I use a verb deliberately here as I go to a fair few).
It is my first time doing a Vlog and I learnt a lot from trying to create this, for example, trying to get consistency of audio is very tricky. Plus, a lot of footage did not make the cut, including, a tipsy walk and talk I made post the conference dinner! I am happy to have feedback on my Vlogging attempt…
Finally, I am pleased to confirm a series of future Vlogs as I head to Canada, Australia, Japan and Vietnam in the Autumn/Winter this year. A huge public thank you to: SOAS University of London, the University of Worcester and the Sport and Recreation Alliance – who have all contributed to funding these opportunities (for those of you wondering how I am affording all of this).