Sport and Meaning Symposium

Wednesday Feb 26 - 9.00-16.00

@ The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences



This interdisciplinary symposium aims to provide a forum for scholars to explore various approaches to the study of meaning and meaningfulness in sport. Presentations explore meaning and its relationship with learning and development in sport, exercise and physical education.


Please register for the symposium by sending an email to

The event is free of charge and open to all (including students).

Lunch is not provided.




9.00 – 9.10 Welcome and agenda of the day
(Kenneth Aggerholm and Noora Ronkainen)

9.10 – 10.40 Session 1: Existential approaches
Kenneth Aggerholm: Meaning(s) in sport from an existential philosophical perspective
Gunnar Breivik: Sport as part of a meaningful life
Jens-Ole Jensen: Physical activities and meaning in Danish schools

10.40 – 11.00 Break

11.00 – 12.00 Session 2: Phenomenological approaches
Øyvind Standal: Practical knowledge and meaning-making: a lifeworld approach
Sigmund Loland: Phenomenology of gliding sports

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.00 Session 3: Social and cultural approaches
Noora Ronkainen: Dropout and loss of meaning in sport
Wivi Andersen: Meaningful relations in sport

14.00 – 14.15 Break

14.15 – 15.15 Session 4: Identity and development in youth sport
Christian Thue Bjørndal: Norms, values and identities among Norwegian youth elite handball players - implications for athlete development
Lars-Petter Moss: Utvikling og endring av idrettsidentiteten hos ungdom

15.15 – 15:45 Round table discussions followed by a plenary discussion

16.00 – The meaning of beer and pizza
Empirical study at Union864, Kringsjå Studentby