Bieke Gils

Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science
Department of Sports, Physical Education and Outdoor Studies
Campus Bø (1-221)
I am a sport sociologist/historian with a specific interest in the field of gender and the moving (fe)male body. My research to date has been largely historical in nature and has focussed on female pioneers in a variety of fields, physical culture and aspects of gender and sexuality around the turn of the twentieth century. Currently I am working on several projects about female leadership in Norway, in different sporting contexts.

Responsibilities

I am responsible for IDR 101: Samfunn, kropp og bevegelse (1st year Bachelor course in idrettsvitenskap/sport sciences)

I mentor bachelor as well as master students in their research projects and teach in the following courses:

IDR 101: Samfunn, kropp, bevegelse

IDR 1013: Sosiologi 2

IDR 1111: Sosiologi 3

IDR 1307: Master i kroppsøving, idrett og friluftsliv

IDR 1031: Arrangements- og prosjektledelse

IDR 1040: Planlegging, helse og tilrettelegging

IDR 1071: Instruktørrollen i helserelatert trening

Sports and politics: https://www.usn.no/english/research/our-research/humanities/the-politics-of-sports-and-culture/

Body, movement, meaning: https://www.usn.no/english/research/our-research/humanities/body-movement-meaning/

Competences

2015-2016: Postdoctoral researcher, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, Canada with Dr. Patricia Vertinsky.

2009-2014: Ph.D., School of Kinesiology (Faculty of Education), University of British Columbia, Canada. Supervisor: Dr. Patricia Vertinsky

2007-2009: Master in Sport Management/Kinesiology, University of Windsor, Ontario with Dr. Scott Martin and Dr. Kathleen McCrone

2002-2006: Bachelor in Sport Management/Kinesiology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium with Dr. Roland Renson and Dr. Pascal Delheye

Publications

Jan Ove Tangen and Bieke Gils (2019). “The Johaug doping case: Public reactions and sociological explanations,” book chapter accepted for publication in The Nordic model and physical culture, eds Tin, Tangen, Telseth & Guilianotti, Routledge. 

Gils, Bieke (2017). “Bessie Coleman: “The Only Race Aviatrix in the World.”” Chapter 5 In Before Jackie Robinson. The transcendent role of Black sporting pioneers, ed. Gerald Gems, University of Nebraska Press.

Vertinsky, Patricia and Bieke Gils (2017). “ ‘Watch Britain’: Movement  Education, Transnational Exchanges and the Contested Terrain of Physical Education in Mid- Twentieth Century Canada,” forthcoming Journal of Sport History, 44, No. 3, pp. 456-475.

Vertinsky, Patricia and Bieke Gils (2016). “ ‘Physical Education’s First Lady of the World’: Dorothy Sears Ainsworth and The International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Women and Girls,’ ” The International Journal of the History of Sport,  33 (13) : 1500-1516.

Vertinsky, Patricia and Bieke Gils (2015). “Those Good Gertrudes’ ! A lady well qualified to show the way:  Advancing Opportunities for Women and Girls in Physical Education and Sport through IAPESGW,” in Global Scholar, Global Spirit, eds. Annette Hofmann, Gerald Gems and Susanna Hedenborg, 133-45. Total Health Publications, Oslo, Norway.

Gils, Bieke (2015). “Le Numéro Barbette: Destabilizing Gender on the High Wire and the Flying Trapeze.” Sport in History, published online July 28, DOI: 10.1080/17460263.2015.1062411

Gils, Bieke (2014). “Flying, Flirting and Flexing: Charmion’s Trapeze Act, Sexuality and Physical Culture at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.” Journal of Sport History 41 (2): 251-68.

Gils, Bieke (2012). “Didrikson, Mildred Ella,” in Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice, ed. John Nauright and Charles Parrish, Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, LLC.

Gils, Bieke (2011). ““The Only Race Aviatrix in the World”: A Tribute to Bessie Coleman (1892-1926).” Stadion: International Journal of the History of Sport 37 (1): 55-81.

Ameye, Thomas, Bieke Gils and Pascal Delheye (2011). “Daredevils and Early Birds: Belgian Pioneers in Automobile Racing and Aerial sports during the Belle Époque.” International Journal of the History of Sport 28 (2): 205-39.

Van Hecke, Etienne, Filip De Maesschalck, Bieke Gils & Vera Verbestel (2008). Needs for sport infrastructure in Flanders: an analysis of the availability of space (Behoeften aan Sportinfrastructuur in Vlaanderen: een Ruimtelijke Analyse), K.U Leuven Report: Instituut voor Sociale en Economische Geografie.

Gils, Bieke (2006). “Breaking new ground, down to earth and in the air: Belgian pioneers in rally racing and aerial sport during the Belle Epoque.,” Sportimonium 26: 74-81.