Call for Papers | Scottish Sport and the Arts | Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Friday, 28 August 2015

Presented by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
and the British Society of Sports History, Scottish Network

Sir George Harvey: The Curlers, 1835
Sir George Harvey: The Curlers, 1835

To mark the ongoing exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery: Playing for Scotland: The Making of Modern Sport, we are teaming up to present a one-day conference on Scottish sport’s historic and contemporary relationship with the arts, broadly defined. Suggested papers topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • The painting of Scottish sport and sportspeople
  • Scottish sport and cinema
  • Scottish sport and literature
  • Scottish sport and photography
  • Scottish sport and statuary
  • Scottish sport, cartoons, and comics
  • Scottish sport, plays, and performance art

Abstract submission is now closed. Please contact Imogen Gibbon or Matthew McDowell with any queries.


9.00-9.15 Registration with tea/coffee

9.15 – 9.30 Welcome · Imogen Gibbon, Chief Curator and Deputy Director Scottish National Portrait Gallery

9.30-9.50 The Search for a Great Scottish Football Novel · Andy Mitchell, Compiler and Editor Scottish Sport History

9.50-10.10 Against All Odds: The Underdog Myth in Scottish Football Fiction · Cyprian Piskurek, Lecturer British Cultural Studies at TU Dortmund University

10.10-10.30 Gordon Williams, Straw Dogs, Gregory’s Girl and Denis Law’s Book of Soccer · Ian Scott, Curator Sport, Leisure & Newspapers National Library of Scotland

10.30-10.50 Football, Popular Culture, and Identity in the Novels of Irvine Welsh · Dr Anthony May, Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities Manchester Metropolitan University

10.50-11.10 Session discussion

11.10-11.30 Tea/Coffee/biscuits

11.30-11.50 What to Wear for Gymnastics: Thinking through Artworks and Absences in Museum Collections · Tiffany Boyle, PhD Candidate Department of Art History Birkbeck University of London

11.50-12.10 Margaret Morris: Artist, Educationalist and Remedial Therapist · Wendy Timmons, Programme Director: MSc Dance Science & Education University of Edinburgh, Iliyana Nedkova and Maria Papageorgiou

12.10-12.30 Has the Highland Fling – Flung? Interrogating the Art/Sport Binary within Highland Dancing Practice · Bethany Whiteside, PhD Candidate (Sociology of Participatory Dance) Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

12.30-12.50 Session discussion

12.50-2.00 Lunch

2.00-2.20 A Rich Tapestry with many a Web and Weave · Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan, broadcaster, author and Professional Fellow Academy of Sport, University of Edinburgh

2.20-2.40 Fitba’ Daft: Scottish Sport and the Silent Screen · Maria A. Velez-Serna, Post-Doctoral Research Assistant University of Glasgow and Caroline Merz, PhD researcher University of Edinburgh

2.40-3.00 Session Discussion

3.00-3.20 Tea/coffee

3.20-3.40 ‘Papa had a famous deer hunt yesterday’: The Sporting Life of John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl (1755-1830) · Nel Whiting, PhD Student University of Dundee

3.40-4.00 Sir David Baird of Newbyth (1795-1851) in “The Golfers” by Charles Lees, RSA – “Whatever he took in hand, he steadily pursued until he acquired the complete mastery of it.”A review of his achievements by David Affleck, East Linton

4.00-4.20 Charles Lees and the Grand Curling Match on Linlithgow Loch, 1848: the portrait of a society? · John Burnett

4.20-4.40 Session discussion

4.40-4.45 Conclusion

5.00-5.30 Walkround Playing for Scotland exhibition

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