After 15 years, the CESH Congress 2015 will be held again in Florence. The research activity within the field of the History of Sport has reached important achievements. The European Committee has grown stronger, it has defined its own action guidelines and organizational structures, and it is today an important point of reference on the international cultural stage. As much as in Italy where more than 10 years ago a CESH national section has been founded, where many initiatives and conferences are held, publications are redoubled, and where we find a progressive interest and involvement of both history of sport’s scholars and the whole sport world, by developing concrete and increasing relations with numerous Universities and the Italian Olympic Committee.

The next XIX Congress’ theme aims at exploring from a historical perspective the role of sport as a key driver for development, by enlightening its positive effects and contradictions at human, social, urban and economic level for people and society.

A satellite section of the Congress will be focused on a unique topic: the exploration of sporting activities’ traces during the time when Florence was the Capital city of Italy, from 1865 to 1870.

The Congress will take place from 22 to 24 October 2015 at the Military Geographical Institute of Florence, a prestigious location that, together with its own Museum, is a relevant historical and cultural place in the heart of the city.

The 2015 CEHS Congress is organized by the Research Centre for Physical Education and Sport Activity (CESEFAS), a cultural no profit institution founded in Florence in 1958 which organized the 4th CESH Congress back in 1999.
CESEFAS aims to develop scientific, technical, moral and social values linked to physical education and sport activity. It pursues its goals through a documentation centre, which includes a library/newspaper and periodical library, as well as through the organization of congresses, conferences and workshops, and the implementation of researches at technical and scientific level.

The 2015 CESH Congress is organized with the support of the University of Florence, other Italian Universities, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), associations and various cultural institutions and with the patronage of the Municipality of Florence and the Tuscany Region.

We are certain that there will be intensive, complex and challenging working days, in a city like Florence that will host with great pleasure and warmth researchers, scholars and experts of History of Sport who will participate from all over Europe.