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.
This is our second monthly workshop and our first of two themed ones exploring athletic bodies and identity. It comprises four research papers:
‘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)
This workshop 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 here.
A link to the workshop will be emailed to you 48 hours ahead of the event.