CALL FOR PAPERS: Sport and Working-Class Amateurism
A symposium to be held at Leeds Metropolitan University, 4th July 2014
Amateurism is an important theme in the history of modern British sport. That it is so often preceded by the word ‘gentlemanly’ is indicative of the way in which most historians have studied it to date: (1) as an ideology associated primarily with aristocratic and/or middle-class sport; (2) as a set of principles which, when embodied in the form of regulations, were designed to underpin the separation of the classes in sport. As a result, our knowledge of amateurism and the way in which it impinged upon the sporting lives of working-class men and women over time is limited.
The principal aim of this event is to begin to redress this imbalance within existing research. Abstracts of c.250 words are therefore invited, but not limited to, the following areas of interest:
- Exclusionist practices and their impact on working-class athletes
- ‘Shamateurism’ and other subversive strategies
- Working-class amateur idealism
- Amateurism in women’s sport
- Amateurism and recreational sport
- Amateurism and voluntarism in sport – the legion of unpaid officials
- The working-class and the Olympic movement
To begin proceedings, the writer and researcher Bill Jones will talk about his book The Ghost Runner, his impressive biography of the English long –distance runner John Tarrant.
The Road to Rio: The Cultural History and Globalisation of the World Cup, 1930-2014
British Library, London, 23rd May, 2014
Academic conference hosted by the British Library and the International Centre for Sport History and Culture De Montfort University
9.30-9.45: Introduction (Jean Williams and British Library speaker)
9.45-10.30: David Goldblatt "Futebol nation: A footballing History of Brazil"
10.30-11.15: Matthew Brown "The First Footballers in South America: Between Empires and Nations, 1880-1950"
11.30-12.00: Matt Taylor "Football Connected: World Cups, Contact Zones and Global Spaces"
12.00-12.30: Richard Holt "Idolising Brazil and Demonising Argentina: British Perspectives on South American Football"
12.30-13.00: Martin Polley "Football, Diplomacy and the World Cup"
14.00-14.30: John Hughson "What's it all about?': Alf Ramsey and the 1966 World Cup"
14.30-15.00: Stacey Pope "The Forgotten Fans: Women and the 1966 World Cup"
15.30-16.00: Kevin Tallec Marston "International Youth Tournaments and the Expansion of the World Cup"
16.00-16.30: Kevin Moore "Public History, Heritage and the We Speak Football Project"
16:30: Concluding Comments & Drinks Reception
Bookings via the British Library events office
Global Conference: Sport
Saturday 30th August – Monday 1st September 2014
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Sport and Place: Sport, Identity and Community
Call for Presentations:
What is the place of sport in our lives? As we watch sport events on television, as we shout as fans or strain as participants, we can see the importance of engaging with and understanding sport’s place in society. The question in the modern world is complex, and demands inter-disciplinary approaches to its solution. Sport in modernity is an everyday part of leisure lives, an aspirational physical activity or something that gives people a sense of belonging. Sport can be a vehicle for social and economic development, yet the economic and political formations of globalisation and modernity bring the spectre of contracts, deals, profits and the pursuit of glory at the expense of everything good about sport.
This conference, the third global conference on Sport held by IDN, aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines – sociology, sport development, cultural studies, philosophy, history, political studies, urban studies, management and marketing, geography, and psychology and sport science – who are interested in exploring sport’s social, political and economic places and spaces. We are interested in sport’s histories, sport in the here and now and sport’s futures. The project is for cheerleaders of sport, critics of sport, and all those in-between who would like to make a contribution to this inter-disciplinary approach to understanding sport.
We are interested in receiving all forms of research and presentations of theory on the following themes:
• Sport and social identity
• Ontology of sport
• Ethics and sport
• Sport for development
• Commercialisation and sport
• Sport and place
• Sports management and sports marketing
• History of modern sport
• Sport and communities
• Sport and popular culture
• Sport and celebrities
• The politics of sport
• Sports fandom
Presentations, performances and papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes. The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.
In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference.
Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Sport and Bodily Transformations.
What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th April 2014. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 11th July 2014. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: SPORT3 Abstract Submission.
Joint Organising Chairs:
The conference is part of the making Sense Of: programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.
For further details of the conference, please visit:
Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Sport and Working-Class Amateurism
A symposium to be held at Leeds Metropolitan University, 4th July 2014 Amateurism is an important theme in the history of modern British sport. That it is so often preceded by the word ‘gentlemanly’ is indicative of the...