Telling the Story of Sport: Narrating Sport in a Global Context (5)

Telling the Story of Sport: Narrating Sport in a Global Context (5)
11 January 2021, 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 5: Creating sporting legacies: processes and identification

‘National identity, myth and sports heroes’, Keith Parry (Bournemouth University)

‘Media narratives of the Murray legacy’, John Harris (Glasgow Caledonian University)

‘Playing ball: the relationship between the state and FIFA in South Africa 2010’, Yankho Likaku  (University of Pretoria)

Supported by the IMLR's Regional Conference grant scheme

This fifth workshop 'Creating sporting legacies: processes and identification', takes place on Monday 11 January 2021 at 18:00 GMT. 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 48 hours in advance of the start time. 


Professor Martin Hurcombe
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