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MMU Sport and Leisure History Symposium, February 2015

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The Symposium is run in conjunction with the British Society of Sports History North West

To be held at the Cheshire campus of Manchester Metropolitan University on the 27th & 28th February 2015.

The event will bring together academics and independent scholars from the field of leisure and sport. The symposium marks the conclusion of the Cheshire Campus International Week and provides the opportunity for visiting academics to present their research as well as extending their UK networks.

Contributions are invited from anyone with an interest in aspects of sport and leisure. Papers for the Friday can cover any sociological, cultural or historical aspects of sport and leisure while proposals for Saturday are requested to have a specifically historical focus.

Abstract submission

Abstracts of 250 words max should be emailed to Dave Day on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 18th December 2014. Please indicate preferred day for presentation if you have one.

The MMU Sports History Group is based within the Department of Exercise and Sport Science on the Cheshire campus in Crewe although it has major links with both the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy as well as the Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research.

 

BSSH South of England Sport and Leisure History Network London Branch: Sport and Leisure History Seminars Autumn 2014

 

6 Oct:        Dr Michael John Law (University of Westminster)

‘Bang! A Streak of Flame Came from the Shadows’: The Process of Americanisation in Interwar Popular English Fiction

 

20 Oct:      Dr Kelly Boyd (Institute of Historical Research)

Early British Television: The Allure and Threat of America

 

3 Nov:       POST-WAR BRITISH COMEDY AND CULTURAL CHANGE

Leo Bird (University of Sheffield)

The Fall of the Empires: The Decline of Music Hall and Variety Comedy, 1945–1960

Dr Morgan Daniels (Arcadia University)

‘Childishness’ and the 1960s Satire Boom

 

17 Nov:     FOOTBALL FANDOM AND IDENTITIES IN SOUTHERN EUROPE

Dr Mark Doidge (University of Brighton)

The History of Italy’s Ultras

Nicola Burton (De Montfort University)

Cypriot Football Fans [Title TBC]

 

1 Dec:        Dr Martin Johnes (University of Swansea)

Christmas and the British State since 1914

15 Dec:      Samantha-Jayne Oldfield (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Using Prosopography to Explore Nineteenth-Century Pedestrianism: The Manchester ‘Milers’

The Sport and Leisure History Seminar is organised by the London Branch of the BSSH South Network. The seminars take place in the Olga Crisp Room (102) of the Institute of Historical Research (Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU) at 5:15 PM on Mondays fortnightly.

 

If you would like to find out more about the network, please get in touch at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you would like to enquire about giving a paper at the seminar, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also join our network mailing list here: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?SUBED1=SPORT-AND-LEISURE-HISTORY&A=1, and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BSSHSouth.

   

BSSH South of England Sport and Leisure History Network South East Branch: Spring 2015 Workshop

Leisure and Organised Labour

In association with Anglia Ruskin’s Labour History Research Unit

Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus

Date: Saturday, 14th March 2015 

Call for Papers

Worker organisation has been key to the development and expansion of leisure provision. Trade unions have fought to reduce the length of the working day, and to secure paid holidays. Moreover, they have facilitated collective engagement among their members in a range of activities, alongside other forms of class-based associational culture. Unionisation has also shaped industrial relations across a range of commercial entertainment sectors. This workshop therefore aims to highlight these and other multiple dimensions to the relationship between leisure and organised labour.

We are seeking proposals for papers on events across a range of different leisure forms (including sport, cinema, popular music, tourism, shopping, etc.) and time periods. Papers with a focus on the South of England are particularly welcome, but we are also happy to consider proposals for papers on leisure and organised labour elsewhere in Britain, and in other countries.

Potential topics could include, but are not restricted to:

  • Trade unions and the battle for leisure time and opportunities
  • Leisure activities among trade unionists
  • Associational culture as a form of worker organisation
  • Approaches to leisure among labour parties and politicians
  • Unionisation in leisure industries
  • Coverage of leisure in organised labour’s publications and media
  • Gender and race issues in the relationship between leisure and organised labour

 

If you would be interested in giving a paper, please send an abstract (c. 200-300 words) and a brief biography to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Sunday, 12th January.

 This workshop is organised by the British Society of Sports History's South of England Sport and Leisure History Network (BSSH South), which aims to bring together individuals in Greater London, the South East and the East of England interested in the history of leisure in all of its forms.

 It is being co-hosted with the Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University, which was founded in 2007 by members of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in order to promote fresh approaches to labour history: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/microsites/labour_history_research.html.

   

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MMU Sport and Leisure History Symposium, February 2015

The Symposium is run in conjunction with the British Society of Sports History North West To be held at the Cheshire campus of Manchester Metropolitan University on the 27th & 28th February 2015. The event will bring...

BSSH South of England Sport and Leisure History Network London Branch: Sport and Leisure History Seminars Autumn 2014

  6 Oct:        Dr Michael John Law (University of Westminster) ‘Bang! A Streak of Flame Came from the Shadows’: The Process of Americanisation in Interwar Popular English...

BSSH South of England Sport and Leisure History Network South East Branch: Spring 2015 Workshop

Leisure and Organised Labour In association with Anglia Ruskin’s Labour History Research Unit Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus Date: Saturday, 14th March 2015  Call for Papers Worker...