Upfront and Onside: The Women's Football Conference

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March 8, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Arabic History / Studies, Archival Science, Art, Art History & Visual Studies


As part of the Hidden Histories project, funded by the Arts Council, the National Football Museum is delighted to be running and hosting the biggest conference on the history and heritage of women’s football. Coinciding with International Women's Day on 8 March, Upfront & Onside features a programme of influential keynote speakers from around the globe focussing on over 150 years of the women’s game.

Price for 2 days £85. Early Bird rate until 25 January 2018 £76.50 bookk via Eventbrite page.

Event Programme 8 March

09:00 – 09:30: Registration Tea & Coffee

09:30 – 09:45: Welcome and Opening Remarks Belinda Monkhouse NFM/ Professor Jean Williams,Professor of Sport and Heritage, University of Wolverhampton

09:45 – 10:45:Keynote Speaker Curatorial practice and women’s football Professor Jennifer Doyle Professor of English, University of California, Riverside USA

11:00 – 11:20: Women and Football in South America 1863 – 1900 Professor Matthew Brown Professor of Latin American History, University of Bristol

11:20 – 11:40: Banal religiosity: the importance of ‘faith’ in women’s football in Brazil Dr. Carmen Silvia Rial Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina

11:40 – 12:00: Women, Gender, and Soccer in Mexico and Costa Rica, 1949-1971 Dr Josh Nadal, Associate Professor of History, North Carolina Central University

12:00 – 12.20: Representing the Nation? Women’s Football in Brazil and Argentina Professor David Wood Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Sheffield

12:20 – 12.35: Questions & Answers ALL

12.35 – 13.35 Lunch (ECR Poster Presentations)

13:35 – 13:55 Rainbow Laces: Representing LGBT footballing communities in England. Dr Jayne Caudwell Associate Professor Bournemouth University

13:55 – 14:15: Manchester City Women - 1988-2018 An Oral History Dr Gary James Steering Committee Hidden Histories of Women’s Football

14:15 – 14:35: Women's Euro2005 as a 'watershed' for women's football in England: can major events stimulate a legacy in the game Dr. Barbara Bell  Senior Lecturer, Sport Development Manchester Metropolitan University

14:35 – 14:55: Changes in Women's Leisure Lives, Men's Professional Football and the Feminization of Sports Fandom Thesis Dr Stacey Pope Associate Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Durham

14.55 - 15.10: Questions & Answers ALL

15.10 – 15:30: Break: Tea & Coffee (ECR Poster Presentations)

15:30 – 15:50: ‘Mum didn’t’ teach me how to play’: a discussion on the pedagogical role of mothers in footballing lives, especially Cisse Charlton Professor John Hughson Director the International Football Institute, University of Central Lancashire

15:50 – 16:10: Girlfans’ a visual ethnographic study of female football fans  Jacqui Mc Cassey Senior Lecturer in Fashion, Liverpool School of Art and Design

16:10 – 16:30: Imaging Women's Football in the early twentieth century Professor Mike O'Mahony Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture, University of Bristol

16:30 – 16:50: ‘Spaldings Soccer for Women’ and the development of the women’s game in the US up to the 1930s Dr Brian D. Bunk Senior Lecturer in History University of Massachusetts

16:50 – 17:05: Questions & Answers ALL

17.15 - 18.00 Closing Reception to celebrate IWD

Event Programme 9 March

09:30 – 10:30: Keynote Speaker (TBC)

10:30 – 11:00: Break: Tea & Coffee (ECR Poster Presentations)

11:00 – 11:20: Early Swedish Women Football seen through different artifacts.Torbjörn Andersson Reader Malmö högskola, Malmö

11:20 – 11.40: To be or not to be’: minority athletes’ belongings and choice of national team in women’s and men’s football Dr Sine Agergaard, Associate Professor Aarhus University, Denmark

11.40 – 12:00: Scandinavian women’s football: the importance of male and female pioneers in the development of the sport Dr. Bente Ovedie Skogvang, Associate Professor Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Elverum, Norway

12:00 - 12:15: Questions & Answers ALL

12:15 – 13:15: Lunch (ECR Poster Presentations)

13:15 – 14:05: 'A lesson in football wisdom': Media responses to Mexico's performances in the unofficial women’s world cups of 1970 and 1971 Dr Claire Brewster Senior Lecturer in Latin American History Newcastle University and Dr Keith Brewster Senior Lecturer in Latin American History, Newcastle University

14:05 – 14:25:The Winners, the Losers, the Invisible: Discussing Race and Gender in Brazilian World Cup and Miss Universe Media Coverage of the 1950s and 1960s Dr Courtney Campbell Lecturer in Latin American History, University of Birmingham

14.25 -14.45: Footballer in the Hijab: International Sport as Women’s World Cup France 2019 Approaches Shireen Ahmed Freelance Writer on Women’s Sport Toronto Canada

14:45 – 15.05: Looking forwards to Women’s World Cup France 2019: Developments in French Women’s Football since 2011 Dr Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff, Sport & Democratie

15.05-15.30 Questions & Answers ALL


The Treasures of the Ungar Collection (Overview of Hidden Histories of Women’s Football Project led by NFM Project Lead Belinda Monkhouse, and Academic Lead Prof Jean Williams)

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Professor Jean Williams 

Upfront and Onside is part of the Hidden Histories of Women's Football project, funded by The Arts Council. The conference is sponsored by Wolverhampton University, the British Society of Sports History, Football v Homophobia and FARE.





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