Bodies of Knowledge

Bodies of Knowledge 2021 Conference

Join the University of Toronto’s Kinesiology and Physical Education Graduate Society (KPEGS) for our annual Bodies of Knowledge (BOK 2021) conference! As a result of the current pandemic and public safety restrictions, this year’s conference will be held virtually through Zoom on Thursday, May 20th and Friday, May 21st.

About the Conference

BOK is a conference run by graduate students, for graduate students, covering a broad spectrum of inter and multi-disciplinary issues related to health, sport, and physical activity. The 2021 BOK conference theme will be Anti-Racism in Kinesiology, Sport, & Physical Education. The global pandemic shed light on the many individual and systemic inequalities that exists for equity-deserving groups; however, beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 also brought much-needed coverage and conversations towards on-going racism that the Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color continue to be subjected. The areas of health, sport and physical activity are no exception to the discrimination faced by Black people, Indigenous people, and other equity deserving groups.

The 2021 BOK conference will look to highlight research and researchers whose frameworks, attitudes, and values are rooted in intersectionality and anti-racism in kinesiology, sport, and physical education. Learn more about intersectionality and racism.

Who Should Attend?

Our 2021 BOK conference is open to all graduate students (research and professional) and researchers. Programmers, policymakers and others are also encouraged to attend. Abstracts can be works in progress, project proposals, capstone projects and completed research!

Abstract Submissions Now Open!

Fellow graduate students and researchers whose research questions, frameworks, attitudes and values are centered/grounded in intersectionality (various social identities of the individuals and/or communities you are working with - i.e. race, gender, religion, indigeneity, etc.) and anti-racism are encouraged to apply. If you are unsure if your research adheres to these criteria, we do still encourage you to apply to our open call for abstracts! This includes those whose research falls into one of the following key areas*:

  • Biomechanics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Exercise physiology
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Medicine/Nursing
  • Motor Control
  • Nutrition
  • Public Health
  • Sexual Diversity Studies
  • Sociology
  • Somatic Studies
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Please note: this list is not exhaustive. If your research does not fall into these key areas but is relevant to the conference theme, we encourage you to still apply.

Researchers, who are unsure if their abstract submission fits the criteria may also apply to our open call for abstracts

Successful applicants will be asked to submit their presentations as pre-recorded videos. Presentations that are proposals can be up to 8 minutes long; those that are completed projects can be up to 10 minutes long. Applicants will also be asked to attend their sessions to be present for Q&A.


Abstracts Related to our Theme: Submit Here

Open Call for Abstracts: Submit Here

If you are planning on attending the conference, please Register Here


Get in touch

For additional updates, please visit the Kinesiology and Physical Education Graduate Society’s (KPEGS) Facebook page.

Questions? Looking to get involved?

Please e-mail BOK Coordinators, David Brown ( or Gabriela Estrada (