Women’s rugby in this week’s podcast brought to you by the British Society of Sport History in association with the Institute of Historical Research with Raf talking to Lydia Furse, who gave a paper at the seminar series in 2019, which featured as our first ever podcast episode.
Lydia’s PhD is a pioneering work on the development of women’s rugby from its origins in late Victorian Britain through its transformation into the modern game in the 1970s and 1980s. Raf and Lydia talk about the difficulties and opportunities of using personal testimonies and interviews in investigating the intersection between the personal and the political in the context of overturning a century of accumulated prejudice against the participation of women in what has been perceived as the most masculine of sports in the British World.
They also talk more generally about developments in women’s history and the changing nature of feminism and its relationship to women’s participation in sport.
And Lydia’s work has had a major public impact already with her research feeding into the way in which the World Rugby Museum at Twickenham has updated its displays to integrate women’s rugby into the history of the game. Finally there’s a discussion of the perils of peer review and Raf plugs the Society’s grants available to postgrads and postdocs.
Lydia Furse is a PhD candidate at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University working in collaboration with the World Rugby Museum in Twickenham.
And one more plug! This week saw the press release for the Society’s Aberdare Prize, which is printed below …
Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History
Call for submissions of books published in 2019
The Lord Aberdare Literary Prize is awarded each year by the British Society of Sports History for the best book on any aspect of the history of sport in Britain or for the best book on any aspect of sports history written by a British author.
The British Society of Sports History appoints a panel of three judges to consider submissions. The prize will be awarded at the Society’s conference (to be held in Twickenham on 27th and 28th August 2020) and the winner will be invited to present a paper to the conference the following year (in 2021).
The Society would welcome submission of any books published in 2019 that meet the criteria outlined above. Please note that the book must have a 2019 publication. Reprints, new editions and paperback editions of books previously issued as hardbacks before 2019 are not eligible. Pre-released books with advance publications dates of 2020 that appeared in 2019 are ineligible until next year and will be held over.
Edited collections and symposia do not qualify.
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