The Sports History & Culture Research Webinar series for the year 2020–21

Two table tennis players, America’s Errol Resek and China’s Xu Shaofa, take part in a training session on the 1971 tour of Beijing.

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 the inaugural 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 30 September, with subsequent sessions in October, November, December, January, March, April, and May. 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


30 September

David Berry (freelance film-maker and author)
Beyond strawberries & cream: the reality of playing and watching tennis in Britain

21 October

Raf Nicholson (Bournemouth University, UK, and cricket journalist)
Women’s Sport Governance: Merger-Takeovers in the 1990s and beyond

24 November

Christine O’Bonsawin (Victoria University, Canada)
Sacred and Solemn Promises: The 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games and Indigenous Land (Environmental) Rights

8 December

Louis Moore (Grand Valley State University, USA)
The New Revolt of the Black College Athlete

13 January

Amanda Shuman (University of Freiburg, Germany)
Transnational and International: Athletes and sports networks in China under Mao

16 March

Julien Sorez (University of Paris Nanterre, France)
Sport and the City

14 April

Lisa Taylor (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
‘Where’s My Card, Penny?’: Oral Histories of Sex Testing in International Rowing


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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