BSSH South Sport and Leisure History Seminar – Summer Programme 2015

In just over a fortnight’s time, the Sport and Leisure History Seminar series will resume for the summer semester. As always, we have an eclectic programme in store, taking in Irish nationalism and Gaelic sports in Britain; Soviet sport and the fall of communism; local studies in leisure, religion and associational culture; British musical countercultures and subcultures; and Britpop nostalgia in the 21st century.

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The Sport and Leisure History Seminar is part of the BSSH South Sport and Leisure History Network. The seminars take place in the Olga Crisp Room (102) of the Institute of Historical Research (Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU) at 5:15 PM on Mondays fortnightly (except where otherwise stated).

27 April: Dr Darragh Gannon (University College Dublin)
More than a Game: Irish Nationalism and the Gaelic Athletic Association in Great Britain, 1912–22

11 May: SOVIET SPORT AT THE FALL OF COMMUNISM
Dr Sevket Akyildiz (School of Oriental and African Studies)
Recession and Cutting State Subsidies, Limited ‘Market Reforms’ in Sport and Leisure – and Public Critique: Russia and the Five ‘Stans’, 1986–1991
Manuel Veth (Kings College London)
Selling the People’s Game: Football’s Transition from Communism to Capitalism in the Soviet Union and its Successor States
(This seminar takes place at the slightly later time of 6:00 OM.)

8 Jun: LOCAL STUDIES IN LEISURE, RELIGION AND ASSOCIATIONAL CULTURE
Dr Dennis O’Keefe (University of Huddersfield)
Quiet Men’s Cathedrals: The Emergence of Church Cricket Clubs in an Area of West Yorkshire, 1860–1920
Chris Spackman (University of Portsmouth)
A Break from the Regular Programme? Re-assessing the Lived Experience of a Boys’ Brigade Camp, c.1886–1935

22 Jun: BRITISH MUSIC, COUNTERCULTURE AND SUBCULTURE
Dr Jack McGowan (Queen Mary University of London)
‘Easy to be Hard’? The Contradictory Responses of the English ‘Counterculture’ to the ‘Rock Operas’ Hair (1967) and Tommy (1969)
Professor Matthew Worley (University of Reading)
‘While the World was Dying, Did You Wonder why?’: Punk, Politics and British (Fan)zines, 1976–84

30 Jun: Dion Georgiou (Queen Mary University of London)
‘Where Were You when We Were Getting High?’: Britpop Nostalgia and Technological, Social, Cultural and Generational Change in 21st Century Britain
(This is a joint seminar with the Life-Cycles Seminar and takes place on a Tuesday at 5:15PM in the John S. Cohen Room (203) of the IHR.)

If you would like to find out more about the network, please get in touch at bsshsouth@gmail.com. You can also join our network mailing list here: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?SUBED1=SPORT-AND-LEISURE-HISTORY&A=1, follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BSSHSouth and visit our website at https://bsshsouth.wordpress.com/.

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