Monday November 4th 2019
It’s a real pleasure to be one of the convenors for the British Society of Sports History-sponsored Sport & Leisure History seminar series at the Institute of Historical Research. And this term we have a diverse range of speakers and subjects to pique the interest of the historically inclined.
This year we’ve tweaked the format of the seminar to make it snappier! Papers will be 30-40 minutes long with the remaining part of the hour available for questions from the floor. We’ll also be starting later, at 6 o’clock, to make it easier for those who work regular hours to get along to the venue.
The second paper of the new academic year will be given by Helena Byrne of the British Library, who will be talking about the history of women’s soccer in Ireland from the twentieth century to the present. Here’s her abstract:-
This presentation is based on an article that was recently published in a special edition of Sport in History focused on women’s football. It is a common fact that women’s sport and leisure history, especially in male dominated spheres, and more specifically football, have been ignored by many academics. However, in recent years there have been major developments in digital technology that have changed the nature of the type of research that can be done. Access to tools to facilitate field research are relatively cheap and with the high volume of digitisation projects that have taken place over the last few years as well as the increasing number of born digital resources that have been published, there are new opportunities. In relation to women’s soccer in Ireland, the article asked the question – where are we now? The argument reviewed the current literature on this subject and outlined potential approaches for future research that include web archives, crowd sourcing, digitised newspapers and oral history.
Future speakers for the 2019-20 academic year are as follows:-
2nd Dec 2019 Dr. Kay Schiller (Durham University)
The Fastest Jew in Germany: Alex Nathan 1906-1971
27th Jan 2020 Dr. Veronica Smith (University of York)
Sport, Masculinity and Class: Stained Glass at Victoria Baths, Manchester
24th Feb 2020 Dr. Liam O’Callaghan (Liverpool Hope University)
23rd Mar 2020 Allister Webb (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Why History Matters in Contemporary Sporting Events: A Case Study of the Bidding Process for International Cricket in England and Wales
27th Apr 2020 Geoff Swallow (Manchester Metropolitan University)
The Man Who Wasn’t There: The Jarvis-Nuttal ‘Match’ of 1901 as a Space of Modernity
8th June 2020 Dr Clare Tebbutt (Trinity College, Dublin)
‘That Man-Woman Problem’: Grappling with Questions of Sex Differentiation in 1930s Women’s Sport, and their Resonance Today
This is only the one of a number of series of stimulating talks to be held at the IHR across a range of disciplines. For up to date details of seminars forthcoming in 2019 go to the IHR’s website. The Sport & Leisure talks take place in the John S Cohen Room on the second floor – doors open from 17:45 and the seminar will start promptly at 18.00. The seminars are open to academics and the general public; I hope to see you there.
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