I. Class discussion/content:

  1. Introduction: social gender/biological gender, gender in sport.
  2. We’ve come a long way[…]: Gender and Sport
  3. Bridges to understanding or " the annihilation of European identities, cultures and national sovereignty"?
  4. Racial intolerance in sport
  5. What is peace education today?
  6. Peace First – Peace Games
  7. Sport in Society: athletes as mentors in violence prevention
  8. Athletes United for Peace

          8.1. Football 4 Peace: bringing Arabs aand Jews together

          8.2.Ultimate Peace (UP) in the Middle East

          8.3.World Youth Peace Summit: Peace Walks and Scholar-Athlete Games 

  1. Mercy Corps, Teachers Without Borders, the International Institute on Peace Education, Volunteer Action for Peace, α many more!
  2. A question of identity and equality in sport.
  3. and so forth


II. Available- Accessible Reading  for papers and classwork  

Reading material/publications (full pdf) in: UoA Scholar:

Articles can also be downloaded from ResearchGate:


1. Kamberidou, I., & Chroni, S. (2016). The Greek Experience: Outstanding Women in the Social Space of Sport. In Inspirational Women in Europe: making a difference in Physical Education, Sport and Dance (pp. 224–242). Rosa Diketmüller (editor). Juiz de Fora: NGIME/UFJF Continent Series. Brazil: Publication of the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW), ISBN 978-85-67380-55-1.

The Voices of Six Inspirational Greek Women in Sport: What inspired them to take that leap; the Obstacles they faced; how they moved forward and Tips for Success.  Many inspirational and outstanding women have made a difference in the lives ofgirls and women in sport, physical education (PE) and physical activity in Greece,despite their invisibility in the mainstream media, the life stories of which would need volumes. They succeeded in making a difference while respecting and celebrating  diversity with regard to gender, ethnicity, culture, disability, age and sexual orientation. Beginning with a brief discussion on the underrepresentation of women’s sports and the female athlete in the Greek media, this chapter shares the contributions of some inspiring and motivating Greek women in sport whose achievements have been excluded from the country’s mainstream media. It is through six in-depth interviews and follow-up meetings that we learn how these pioneers influenced the lives of sporting girls and women by daring to disregard social barriers and spread  awareness. We conclude the chapter with tips from these successful, namely  inspirational women, who all agree that success requires ethos and taking that leap.

2. Kamberidou, I. (2016). Interacting, sharing and bonding: ‘notes of personal experience’ by nineteenth-century women travellers. Gender, Place & Culture, 23(3), 381 - 397, Routledge.

3. Kamberidou, I. (2017). Gender, Volunteerism and Military Hospitals: War Nurses, Educators and Philanthropists of the Nineteenth-Century. The 14th ERGOMAS Conference: Military and Society: New Models for New Challenges, Working Group “Gender and the Military”. Athens Greece: Biennial conference of the European Research Group on Military and Society (ERGOMAS), hosted by the Hellenic Army Academy in Athens, Greece (, June 26-30 2017

   Thousands of European and American women provided their services, lobbied, raised funds, food supplies and clothing to support the Greek Revolution.  Along with the relief activities of the 1820’s and 1830’s, the great interest in Greece produced a strong desire to send teachers and missionaries to Greece in Bondage.  Women’s 19th century accounts examine theposition of the subjugated Greeks in the Aegean Islands and Asia Minor. European and American women—educators and philanthropists—worked for the advancement of female education. They even established schools for the preservation of Hellenic cultural heritage. This paper focuses on the first-hand accounts of 19th century European aristocratic and middle-class women volunteers, and specifically their social contribution during the Crimean War (1853-1856), when the English and French colonial experience encouraged female volunteerism. It spotlights the social service provided by English, French and German nurses and philanthropists—as agents of social change—who cared for the soldiers in the hospitals of Constantinople and its environs, concluding with their invaluable recommendations. The female accounts describe the British military and naval hospitals, hospital huts, nurses duties and difficulties confronted (1,500 patients per 3 volunteers); the Women’s Hospital; the French hospitals; the French military system; the Sisters of Mercy; the Sisters of Charity; the women who followed their husbands to war, including thedestitute wives and babies of the English soldiers. Astonishing are the accounts concerning the degrading social status of the English soldier’s wife as opposed to the respect and protection enjoyed by the French soldier’s wife.  

4. Patsantaras, N., & Kamberidou, I. (2017). Virtual Bodies and Sport Activities: The case of the Avatars in Second Life Fitness Club. 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association “Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities”. Session: Science, Technology, Innovation & Society II, PANTEION University of Social & Political Sciences, 01 Sept. 2017, Athens Greece. Publisher's Version

5. Kamberidou, I. (2017). The Multiethnic Slavery Institution through the Eyes of Western Women and 'the real position of women in the religious system of Islam'. In Miriam Diez Bosch and Jordi Sanchez Torrents (eds). Media, Religion and Gender in Europe (pp. 53-79), Second Edition. Barcelona: Blanquerna Observatory on Media, Religion and Culture. Faculty of Communication and International Relations, Blanquerna- Ramon Llull University.

6. Kamberidou, I. (2013). Women Entrepreneurs: we cannot have change unless we have men in the room. Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2(6). [full pdf - women_entrepreneurs.pdf;   URL:

7. Kamberidou, I. (2012). New Realms of Agency: Promoting Peace Education and Gender Equity through Sport. Sport Science and Physical Education, [Ed. Luminita Georgescu ],  Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Eolss Publishers, Oxford ,UK. Developed under the Auspices of UNESCO, Eolss publ.

8. Kamberidou, I. (2012). Athletes United for Peace: Reconciliation through Sport. Proceedings of the international conference SPORT AS A MEDIATOR BETWEEN CULTURES, pp. 187–202. International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), Hanns-Braun-Strase Friesenhaus II D-14053 Berlin. Editors Ronnie Lidor, Karl-Heinz Schneider & Katrin Koenen.

9. Kamberidou, I. (2011). Athlete Activism and Peace Education: Bridging the Social Inequality Gap through Sports. NEBULA 8.1, a Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship, 168–180. Australia

10. Kamberidou, I., Tsopani, D., Dallas, G., & Patsantaras, N. (2009). A Question of Identity and Equality in Sports: Men’s Participation in Men’s Rhythmic Gymnastics. The Routledge Falmer Reader in Gender and Education, 220–237. 

11. Kamberidou, Irene & Patsadaras, Nikolaos (2007). A new concept in European sport governance: sport as social capital. Biology of Exercise, 3, 21-34.