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BSSH Conference 2014: Call for Papers

The British Society of Sports History (BSSH) 32nd Annual Conference

Friday 5 September – Saturday 6 September 2014
at Leeds Metropolitan University, City Campus

Papers are welcomed on all themes related to sport history and physical recreation.

This year we especially encourage submissions from those researching the historical experiences of black, minority and ethnic groups in sport and physical recreation in Britain.

Our conference is renowned for providing a positive experience for postgraduate presenters. The Richard W. Cox Postgraduate Prize is open to all postgraduates submitting papers to our conference. Further information about conditions of entry can be found at: http://www.sportinhistory.org/latest-news/prizes/61.html

Please indicate when submitting an abstract if you wish to be considered for this award.

Guidelines and Deadline for Submissions

Please submit individual or co-authored abstracts (c.200 words for 20 minutes presentation) as a Word document (including author’s name, presentation title and affiliation) by email attachment to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than Wednesday 16 April 2014.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by Friday 25 April, 2014.

Please address any further questions to the above email address.

 

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.

Please submit abstracts / enquiries to Professor Stephen Wagg (Leeds Metropolitan University) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday 31 January 2014.

   

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"

11.15-11.30: Coffee

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"

13.00-14.00: Lunch

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"

15.00-15.30: Coffee

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

   

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Richard Cox Postgraduate Prize

Postgraduate Conference Paper Prize Part of the BSSH’s mission is to be accessible to and encourage new researchers, including postgraduate students and academics at an early stage in their careers. The BSSH Committee wish...

CALL FOR PAPERS: Sport and Working-Class Amateurism

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