(updated)CONFERENCE announcement: Gender and Sport History Symposium at University of Central Lancashire, 10 June 2011

Since we have been focussing on the sociology of sport (Next week is Sociology of Sport Week here on SI!), here is a last minute announcement of a really interesting conference in a neighbouring field: history of sport. thanks to Usha Iyer for bringing this to our attention. If any of you are in Lancaster, you might want to visit this symposium tomorrow:

Gender and Sport History Symposium

Hosted by

The International Football Institute, University of Central Lancashire


The British Society of Sports History

Friday 10th June, 2011

The International Football Institute, University of Central Lancashire will host the first Gender and Sport History Symposium which will be held at UClan in June 2011. The Symposium has developed through the Sport and Leisure History Seminar series at the Institute of Historical Research and the British Society for Sports History.

University of Central Lancashire

The event has two key rationales. Firstly, it focuses on an area of sports history that has generated a great deal of new research recently, including a special edition of Sport in History, edited by Carol Osborne and Fiona Skillen, on the subject of women and sport, which was published last year and has recently been re-printed in book form. Our conference is intended to showcase some of the seminal work currently being undertaken in the history of sport and gender, highlighting new areas of and approaches to research in this field, which will also be discussed in a round table at the end of the day. Speakers at the round table discussion include Dr Joyce Kay (Stirling), Dr Carol Osborne (Leeds Met), Dr Fiona Skillen (UClan) and Dr Jean Williams (DeMontford).

Secondly, the conference is being held in Preston (rather than at the seminar’s usual base at the Institute of Historical Research in London) with the intention of bringing together academics based in the North-West and working in the area of sport and leisure history. It is hoped that this symposium will initiate a series of similar workshops and other academic events in the region. This event has been sponsored by the British Society of Sports History.


Time Location: Room 202, Greenbank Building, University of Central Lancashire
9:30 – 9.50 Registration and Refreshments
9.50 – 10.00 Welcome – Prof John Hughson, Director IFI
10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1: Women and Sport: Prejudice and Progress

Chair Prof John Horne

Speakers: Catherine Budd (De Montfort University)

“Entirely out of Their Sphere, and Calculated to Unsex Them in More Ways than One!” Women and Sport in Middlesbrough, c.1880-1914

Carlos Caracciolio (National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology, Italy):

Bicycles and Women (without Forgetting Men): Notes for an Italian History

Michelle Sikes (University of Oxford):

Absence, Emergence, Permanence: Conceptualising Social Change through the Prism of Women’s Running in Kenya

11:30 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 1:30 Panel 2: Physical Culture, Gender and the Body

Chair TBC

Speakers: Sue Ash (Oxford Brookes University):

‘Fit’ Women: Aesthetic Movement or Eugenic Exercise in Early Twentieth Century Britain?

Eilidh Macrae (University of Glasgow):

Conflicts of Fitness and Femininity: The Negotiation of Appropriate Female Space in the 1937 Scottish Fitness Campaign

Veronique Czaka (University of Geneva/University of Lausanne):

Constructing Gender through Gymnastics at School: Discourse and Practice in West Switzerland, 1860-1920

1:30 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 4:00 Panel 3: ‘Troubled’ Masculinities and ‘Subversive’ Femininities

Chair Dion Georgiou

Speakers: Sergio Lussana (University of Warwick)

‘The Great Wrestler Can Win Laurels’: Enslaved Fighting Contests and Expressions of Masculinity in the Antebellum Southern United States

Dr Jean Williams (De Montfort University)

Speaking Softly: Roberta Cowell’s Autobiography, Gender and Identity

Dr Stacey Pope (University of Bedfordshire )

‘White Shoes to a Football Match!’: Female Experiences of Football’s ‘Golden Age’ in England

4.00 – 4:30 Break
4:30 – 5:30 Round Table: Sport and Gender: Future Directions

Chair Prof John Hughson

Speakers: Dr Joyce Kay (University of Stirling)

Dr Carol Osborne (University of Cumbria)

Dr Fiona Skillen (University of Central Lancashire)

Dr Jean Williams (De Montfort University)

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