The Sports History & Culture Research Webinar series for the academic year 2021–22

The Heysel Stadium Disaster served as one of the low points in the history of European sports as the violent behavior of a few dozen fans resulted in the numerous deaths and hundreds of injuries of innocent fans.

The International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK launches its new series of Sports History and Culture Webinars in September 2020. We are delighted to announce a second year of our research webinars, which will bring together established and early career scholars and freelance experts from around the world for live research presentations which will be open to all.

This year’s programme starts on 6 October, with subsequent sessions in November, December, January, March and April. All sessions will be hosted live on Microsoft Teams, running from 18.00–19.00 UK time (CET 19.00–20.00; other time zones, click here), and everyone is welcome.

The full programme


October 6

Joan Tumblety (Associate Professor of History at the University of Southampton, UK)
The Meaning and Experience of Physical Exercise in a Franco-German Youth Camp, 1937

November 2

Francois Cleophas (senior lecturer of Sport History at Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
‘Let us Learn to Play’: A Decolonising History of Physical Education and Physical Culture in the Western Cape, South Africa

December 8

Brenda Elsey (Professor of history at Hofstra University)
Martín Dihigo and the politics of Afro-Cuban baseball, 1928-1965

January 19

Alan McDougall (Professor of History at the University of Guelph, Canada)
There has to come a time to forget”: Liverpool FC, European football, and the Heysel disaster

March 9

Daphné Bolz (Associate Professor (MCF-HDR) at the University of Rouen Normandy, France)
Reconstruction of the Body: Sport and Hygiene in Interwar Europe

April 27

Fiona Skillen (Senior Lecturer in History in the Department of Social Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University)
Matt McDowell (Lecturer in Sport Policy, Management, and International Development at the University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education and Sport)
Scotland, the Commonwealth Games, and the End of Empire


All of the events are free, but booking is essential. You can find out more, and book your place, at https://icshcwebinars.wordpress.com/

For further information, contact ICSHC Director Professor Martin Polley on martin.polley@dmu.ac.uk

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