Sport in History Podcast 52 – BSSH Conference 2020 Round Table on the Future of Sports History

The final podcast from the BSSH 2020 Conference with a round table discussion on the future of Sports History. On the panel are Dr Christienna Fryar of Goldsmiths, University of London, Dr Geoff Levett, editor of the Sport in History podcast, Dr Carol Osborne of Sporting Heritage and Prof Kay Schiller, the Editor-in-Chief of the BSSH's journal Sport in History.

The four panellists give brief opening remarks on future directions for research areas in British sports history, as well as thinking through how historians of sport can use new methodologies, and develop partnerships to increase their reach among the wider public.

The greater part of the session is then handed over to the delegates to make comments on the panellists' presentations and discuss their own ideas on the position of Sports History now and reflect on how we can advance the cause of our discipline within the academy.

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Sport in History Podcast 50 – BSSH Conference 2020 Keynote with Prashant Kidambi

It's the keynote in the fourth instalment from the BSSH 2020 Conference as we hear previous podcast guest Dr Prashant Kidambi deliver a wide-ranging Sir Derek Birley Memorial lecture on the writing of sports history. Informed by CLR James's classic text Beyond the Boundary Prashant discusses the boundary in sports history - both as a literal dividing line and as a metaphor for ways of thinking about sports relationship to wider events.

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Sport in History Podcast 49 – The Writing of History at the BSSH Conference 2020

The Writing of HIstory is the subject of the third panel from the BSSH's 2020 Conference, chaired by Dr Nick Piercey, with a wide ranging discussion between scholars researching in a variety of fields.

In A ‘better attendance than usual’: Deconstructing the History of Sport and Recreation at Port Sunlight Samuel Clevenger of Towson University questions the benevolence of model communities and whether workers engaged in organised recreation as much as is assumed by conventional narratives.

Dr Alex Jackson, in The uses of nostalgia and reminiscence in English football writing during WW1, interrogates the way in which nostalgia and 'reminuisance' (!) is a phenomenon of times of crisis, including our own.

Sarah Hardstaff of the University of Cambridge looks at Identity, Representation and Coming-of-Age in Football Fiction for Children and the way in which representations of footballers influenced, and influences, who can be conceived of as footballers in the public imagination.

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Sport in History Podcast 48 – Boxing at the BSSH Conference 2020

Boxing history in the second in a series of podcasts brought to you from the BSSH's 2020 Conference, which was held online in the last week of August.

The session is introduced by Matt McDowell of the University of Edinburgh and features Ben Duncan-Jones (De Montfort University) with a paper titled, ''[T]he advantage of science, and of the affinity which exists between the natural and the artificial weapon.’ Digital history and nineteenth century boxing.'

The second paper is given by Marjolein van Bavel of Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, National Autonomous University of Mexico & Department of History, University of Antwerp titled 'The Boxing Commission knocked out cold: Ending the prohibition of women’s boxing in Mexico City in the 1990s'.

Marjolein outlines a hard fought process by which women, led by Laura Serrano, campaigned to overturn a ban on female boxing which had been introduced in 1946.

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Sport in History Podcast 47 – BSSH Conference 2020

This is the first in a series of podcasts brought to you from the BSSH's 2020 Conference, which was held online in the last week of August.

The first panel is introduced by BSSH Chair Dr Raf Nicholson and chaired by Dr Conor Heffernan and features two papers by leading British sports historians, Professor Martin Polley of De Montfort University and Dr Luke Harris of the University of Birmingham talking about sport in Edwardian England.

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Sport in History Podcast 45 – Will Whitmore

The history of sports chaplaincy this week with Conor Heffernan talking to Will Whitmore, who is currently completing a PhD at the University of Gloucester.

Will's PhD focuses on the role of sports chaplains in professional sports teams in a comparative study between soccer in the UK and American sports. He describes the special role that sports chaplains in the UK play in clubs' relationships with their fans and contrasts this with the close relationship that the chaplaincy has with NFL teams, whose rituals of worship date back to the 1950s and beyond.

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