Competitions 2012 (Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon) 

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l'Homme et de la Société (SLHS) at the Université
de Franche-Comté.

The Université de Franche-Comté hosted the FREE research conference on ‘The Origins and Birth of a Europe of Football’ on 28 & 29 September 2012 in Besançon (France). The conference organiser is Dr Paul Dietschy.

 The ‘Europe of football’ is definitely one of the aspects of the history of European integration that has generated the smallest amount of academic research. However, the successive invention of sporting traditions with a European calling since the interwar years, followed by the creation of various European cups from the season 1955-6 constitute at the same time an original form of ‘Europe-building’ and a lasting contribution to the creation of a European space and spirit. The target of this conference was therefore to look back on the genesis of European competitions and on the beginning of the European cups now organised by UEFA.

 The conference also sought to show how football has made possible the setting up of a partially transnational space through sports journalism. Lastly, through the study of the mobility of football’s actors, notably players and coaches, the conference also tried to identify the various phases of football’s Europeanisation process on the old continent. It layed strong emphasis on the anthropological, cultural, economic, political and social aspects of this history, notably the production of body techniques, representations, emblematic figures, consumption habits and their role in the larger context of international relations.


Papers online: podcasts

Videos of the communications at the conference (kindly provided by Cédric Breton at Université de Franche Comté) are available on Vimeo. Follow this link to watch them:

 Videos of the papers presented at the FREE conference on the Origins & Birth of a Europe of Football organised by Paul Dietschy

  Videos of the conference  

Programme of the conference

Please find below the conference programme in PDF format. 

  Programme of the conference in English

 Programme of the conference in French

Practical information

Please open the PDF file below to find all the information needed to reach U-Sports (31 chemin de l’Épitaphe, 25000 Besançon, FRANCE)

 Map to U-Sports in Besançon

Call for Papers

The conference languages are French and English. Simultaneous translation is provided.

Please find below the Call for Papers in PDF format, in both languages.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 May 2012.

 Call for Papers, FREE conference on the history of European football competitions (Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon 28-29 September 2012)

Appel à contributions, conférence FREE sur l'histoire des compétitions de football européennes (Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon 28-29 September 2012)