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Interdisciplinary Seminar 2015 - On Sport (various dates)

  • Arts 01.06 University of East Anglia Norwich, NR4 7TJ (map)

Sport is a global phenomenon. It generates billions of dollars for economies across the world, often dominates media schedules, creates global celebrities with increasing political power and patterns the lives of millions of ‘ordinary' participants and fans. In short, sport is a key feature of contemporary culture that provides fertile ground for studying how social organisations and relations interact and are shifting in contemporary society. The ways in which sport is communicated in society, and the ways in which athletes communicate, provide fertile ground for investigation.

This series is run by the members of UEA's Sport and Communication group drawn from American Studies, Behavioural Social Science, Education, Environmental Studies, Film and Media, History, Linguistics, Sociology, and Translation Studies. The aim of the series is to develop and build on existing debates around the study of sport, in particular from an interdisciplinary perspective, as a platform for collaborative projects involving postgraduate students and academics at UEA and beyond. 

The sessions in this PGR interdisciplinary series will explore a range of complementary questions and interests, both theoretical and applied, from a wide range of perspectives and will conclude with a roundtable event debating what interdisciplinarity in the study of sport means and how this work can be taken forward at UEA and beyond. Topics presented by UEA colleagues, and external invited speakers, are likely to come under the following broad headings: sport, identity and representation; interlingual, linguistic and communication issues within sport; behavioural social science and sport; and sport and sustainability.


  • 04 February 2015 - Chris Stone (Football Unites, Racism Divides) and Michael Skey (Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies) - Sport, identity and performativity: spectacularly insignificant or unspectacularly significant?
  • 11 February 2015 - Emma Poulton (University of Durham) - 'Yid' as an Epithet and Term of Endearment in English Football: The Curious Case of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Sanna Inthorn (Art, Media and American Studies) Playing the nation and gender card? Media coverage of women’s football
  • 18 February 2015 - Peter Dawson (School of Economics) The Legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Paul Downward (University of Loughborough) Tensions between the social and health value of sport
  • 25 February 2015 - John Hughson (University of Central Lancashire)  - 'Za dom!': The Croatian identity of the footballer Josip Šimunić and its Australian context, Football and Nationalism in the former Yugoslavia: Historical and Ethnographic Approaches
  • 11 March 2015 - Sarah Godfrey and Oliver Brooks (both School of Art, Media and American Studies) Sports fan experience and its representation
  • 18 March 2015 - Alex Brown (School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies) Principles of Stakes Fairness in Sport, Richard Hauxwell-Baldwin (Tyndall Centre) Football and climate change
  • 22 April 2015 - Roger Baines (School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies) Translation and power in interpreted interviews and press conferences in the English Premier League, Luna Filipovic (School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies) Language power play: Communication in non-native English in the world of professional tennis
  • 29 April 2015 - Beth Fielding-Lloyd (University of Central Lancashire) Demanding a more inclusive BBC: Building narratives of gender and Great Britain in sports news
  • 06 May 2015 - Roundtable: What does interdisciplinarity bring to the study of sport?

Times: 12:30-14:00

Venue: Arts 01.06 (except 11 February, which will be held in Arts 01.03)

Eligibility: Open to all CHASE students (UEA students should enrol through e:Vision, CHASE students should email

Series organizer: Dr Roger Baines (PPL),