Category: Academia

Sport and Leisure History Seminar with Clare Tebbutt

The ‘man-woman athlete’ was frequently evoked in the 1930s British popular press. These were, for the most part, athletes who had competed in women’s sport, but later realised themselves to be men, such as Mark Weston and Zdenek Koubek. Given the current furore about the limits of sex segregation in professional sport, it is illuminating to look back to the debates that were occurring at the point when women’s sport was gaining a professional footing and how, then as now, appeals to science were used to explain the application of cultural and social standards to cast doubt upon athletes' bodies.

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Sport and Leisure History Seminar with Geoff Swallow

At our next Sport & Leisure History seminar we have Geoff Swallow of Manchester Metropolitan Univeristy talking about a fascinating contest between the English swimmers John Arthur Jarivs and Jseph 'Joey' Nuttal in 1901. Geoff's paper puts their contest into the context of the growth of national and international competition in the pool and looks at their rivalry from a unique angle. Join us for a stimulating Zoom event.

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Sport in History Podcast 32 – BSSH News

A short podcast this week with news from the latest meeting of the BSSH Board that was kindly hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University. BSSH Chair announces the two keynote speakers for the 2020 Conference in Twickenham (that's on 27th and 28th August if you want to get it in your diaries) and reveals a great new initiative to encourage attendance by potential speakers who need help with childcare.

There is also news of the Society's prizes for postgrads, researchers into sport and minority communities and the big one - the Arberdare Prize.

Listen out too for Dil Porter's search for BSSH members who can recall the foundation of the Society nearly 40 years ago.

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