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PESP Invisible College 2017


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The Invisible College remains as one of the highlights of the PESP calendar and colleagues from the world of coaching, physical education, sport and all related disciplines are warmly invited to join this exciting and interesting event. As ever we have an excellent scholar lecture, from Professor Anne Flintoff, who will draw on her research and considerable understanding and experience of PESP to provide a stimulating start to the day. As well as debate, discussion and PPD in abundance there are also good networking opportunities as we are expecting PESP friends from around the country as well as our strong international contingent. This year, there is a focus on ontology and epistemology and working with partners in business. We hope colleagues of all experience, from coaching PE and sport, national and international will attend and look forward to meeting friends – old and new. We are planning an academic book exchange, so please bring something you feel might get a good home on someone else’s bookshelf.

Scholar Lecture:
Really useful knowledge? Feminism, gender and Physical Education.
Anne Flintoff is Professor of Physical Education, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University. In this year’s Scholar Lecture Anne asks what counts as ‘useful’ knowledge about gender in PE? What kinds of research are needed to challenge gendered inequalities? How can we avoid the reproduction of what Kirk and Oliver (2014) have described as the ‘same old narrative story’ about girls and PE? Do we, in fact, still need feminist research in PE? 

10.00 Coffee and networking
10.30 Welcome and Introductions
10.40 PESP Scholar lecture
Professor Anne Flintoff introduced by Dawn Penney
12.00 PESP Reviewer Award
12.15 Lunch
13.15 Session 1 – Ontology and Epistemology
Dr Eimear Enright, Dr Ben Williams and Professor Håkan Larsson
14.30 Break
15.00 Session 2 – Corporate sponsored programmes – collaboration, independence and impact
Dr Toni O’Donovan and Dr Helen Ives
16.15 Plenary
16.25 Completion of evaluation forms
16.30 Close of meeting
16.30 Evening – PESP social