Telling the Story of Sport: Narrating Sport in a Global Context (Workshop 2: Athletic Bodies and Identity 1)

Organiser: Professor Martin Hurcombe (University of Bristol)

Originally planned as a two-day conference, ‘Telling the Story of Sport’ is a series of online workshops that explores the multiple ways in which various sports have been culturally constructed and experienced. It aims to examine the media through which sport is represented: from the national press, often credited for allowing the development of mass spectatorship sport in nineteenth-century Europe, to the new broadcast and social media, which offer new forms of personal investment in the story of sport, via the advent of radio and television. But it also studies the creative practices that have sought to capture the experience of sport. Sport has been celebrated and served as the narrative focus in film, literature, song, and theatre, among other genres. Sports themselves and the men and women who play them have inspired eulogies, offered cautionary tales, or served to draw the reader’s attention to a range of social ills from racism to doping. ‘Telling the Story of Sport’ offers a forum in which individual scholars will contextualise their research and offer a fuller understanding of the phenomenon of sporting narrative practices across a range of national cultures and media.

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Workshop 2: Athletic bodies and identity 1

‘The Dynamics of race and ethnicity in Egan’s Boxiana’, Thomas Campbell (Durham University)

‘Jam or bend the knee: crossing views on how to read wrestling in The Wrestler and Sultan’, Tanguy Philippe (Université de Nantes)

‘ “Be the story”: the story of basketball as narrated by the NBA 2K videogame series’, Yann Descamps (Université de Franche Comté)

‘Power play: hockey and the politics of bodies on ice’, Jaclyn Meloche (University of Windsor)

School of Advanced Study
Thomas Campbell (Durham University); Tanguy Philippe (Université de Nantes); Yann Descamps (Université de Franche Comté); Jaclyn Meloche (University of Windsor)
Event date: 
Tuesday, 20 October 2020 - 6:00pm