Telling the Story of Sport: Narrating Sport in a Global Context (2)

Telling the Story of Sport: Narrating Sport in a Global Context (2)
20 October 2020, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

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)

Supported by the IMLR's Regional Conference grant scheme

This second workshop 'Athletic bodies and identity 1', takes place on Tuesday 20 October at 18:00 BST. Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory. Please use your professional/institutional email address when registering. A link to the workshop will be emailed to you by the end of the preceding week. 


Professor Martin Hurcombe
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