Month: August 2020

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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