Segregation and Inclusion in Sports Workshop


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The aim of this workshop is to critically examine issues of segregation and inclusion in sports from philosophical, legal, historical and professional perspectives by bringing together academics from different disciplines and representatives from sports organisations. Questions we aim to address include:

•Is the common practice by clubs and associations to segregate competitions and access to resources on the basis of sex/gender morally justifiable? What, if anything, justifies segregation in sports? What, if any, are the limits to permissible segregation?

•Are there important differences between holding sex/gender to be a relevant factor in determining eligibility to competitions, on the one hand, and holding other characteristics (e.g. race, ethnicity, disability, religion), on the other, as relevant in determining athletes’ eligibility to compete? Do these differences justify sports competitions being segregated by sex/gender?

•Are current policies for determining the eligibility of transgender and intersex athletes morally justifiable?

•Do issues connected with the eligibility of transgender and intersex athletes affect how we should conceive of gender- or sex-segregated competitions? If so, how?


Sir Duncan Rice Library, 7th Floor


Booking through Dr Federico Luzzi

Contact details

Dr Federico Luzzi