Telling the Story of Sport: Narrating Sport in a Global Context (6)

Telling the Story of Sport: Narrating Sport in a Global Context (6)
8 February 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 6: Space and Place in Sporting Narratives

‘Sport Narratives and Provincial Space in Contemporary Russian prose’, Anni Lappela (University of Helsinki)

‘Putting Munster on the map: writing and visualising the Munster rugby narrative in Irish media, player autobiographies and retrospective commemorations’, Marcus Free (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)

‘Colombian cycling narratives: historical conjunctures, national identities, and global projections’, Mauricio Borrero (St John’s University, Queens, NY)

Going Vertical: power and influence in Russian sports cinema’, Seán Crosson (NUI Galway)

Supported by the IMLR's Regional Conference grant scheme

This sixth workshop 'Space and Place in Sporting Narratives', takes place on Monday 8 February at 18:00 GMT. Please note that you must register in advance to attend this free event. A link will be emailed to you with joining instructions two days before this online event is due to take place. 


Professor Martin Hurcombe
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