History under construction: A case of Swedish football | Research Seminar Series in Sport Sciences, Malmö University | Monday, March 7, 2016

Katia Herd, PhD student in Ethnology, Lund University


The aim of this project is to analyze how history of football clubs is constructed and performed, and the implications this process has in a broader social context. I intend to look at both performing history and at the historical context of performing history, as this is an ongoing, cyclical and organized historical experiment. Four clubs from Allsvenskan are in the focus of the project, namely MFF, Helsingborgs IF, AIK and Djurgårdens IF. The project concentrates on the present constructions, but it needs to be situated in a time frame that would provide analytical tools to unpack and research observed phenomena. The project is based on ethnographic methods as interviews with supporters, players and the management, observations, shadowing and internet ethnography. Theoretical approach includes collective memory, materiality, emotions and performativity.

This is an installment of the Malmö Research Seminar Series in Sport Sciences, Malmö University, Spring 2016, and it’s about the history of football clubs. The seminar will take place at the Orkanen building (Nordenskiöldsgatan 10) in Room E121c, between 15:15 to 17:00. This seminar is in English.


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