And we're back! After a break following the British Society of Sports History's virtual Conference the Sport in History podcast returns with an interview with Professor Dilwyn Porter of De Montfort University, who talks about his latest book, English Gentlemen and World Soccer: Corinthians, Amateurism and the Global Game which he has co-authored with Dr Chris Bolsmann.
He talks about the Corinthians, an amateur club whose reputation has been inflated over the years to epitomise the spirit of amateurism that informed the thinking of the English middle class sporting élite in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We chat about the extent to which the club's reputation has been manipulated by club historians and also the way in which the Corinthians' overseas tours fitted into a developing sporting globalisation in the Edwardian era and beyond.
Read more Sport in History Podcast 53 – Prof Dil Porter and the Corinthians
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.
Read more Sport in History Podcast 52 – BSSH Conference 2020 Round Table on the Future of Sports History
Sporting Inequalities in the fifth instalment from the BSSH 2020 Conference with a panel chaired by Dr Lisa Taylor which features three young researchers looking into women's sport, representations of women, and disability sport.
Read more Sport in History Podcast 51 – BSSH Conference 2020 Sporting Inequalities
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.
Read more Sport in History Podcast 50 – BSSH Conference 2020 Keynote with Prashant Kidambi
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.
Read more Sport in History Podcast 47 – BSSH Conference 2020
Cricket this week with Nigel Hancock, who is the Chair of the Cricket Society. Nigel is the Chair of the Cricket Society, which is an organisation which exists to promote the study of the history of cricket, with a regularly published Journal and bulletin as well as live events with cricketers and the people who write about them.
Read more Sport in History Podcast 46 – Nigel Hancock
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.
Read more Sport in History Podcast 45 – Will Whitmore
The history of Physical Culture this week with Dr Conor Heffernan of the University of Texas at Austin talking about his research into physical culture in Ireland in the twentieth century, as well as the history of weightlifting and the search for the 1000lb bench press.
There's chat about Sinn Fein's trash-talking of the English physique in the 1900s and an insight into the use of tennis balls and tight towels in power-lifting. You can also read his article on Irish body building at the excellent Playing Pasts website.
Read more Sport in History Podcast 44 – Dr. Conor Heffernan
Olympic and Paralympic History on this week's podcast with a recording of an online symposium sponsored jointly by the British Library, the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University and the British Society for Sports History
The event was chaired by Dr. Raf Nicholson with four speakers talking about different aspects of researching the history of the Games.
Read more Sport in History Podcast 43 – Documenting The Olympics and Paralympics
Irish soccer history this week with Conor Heffernan talking to Dr Conor Curran, who is Dublin City Council's official football historian. Conor talks about his ground-breaking study of sport in Donegal which was publish as The Development of Sport in Donegal, 1880-1935 in 2015. He also talks about the oral histories he conducted when writing about the experience of Irish migrant football in the post-War years for his Irish Soccer Migrants: a Social and Cultural History, which was published in 2017.
Read more Sport in History Podcast 42 – Dr. Conor Curran