The seminar is intended to draw together scholars from a variety of fields to share their inquiries in the history, sociology, literature, anthropology, and economics of athletics. Comparative as well as interdisciplinary, the seminar engages the development of sport within diverse cultural settings—ancient and modern—and explores topics that range beyond the playing fields: the social construction of masculinity, for instance, or the relationship between sport and ethnic identity. Each seminar features a presentation of original research by a scholar in the field as well as cultural commentary on sport. Ideally, our meetings stimulate wide-ranging discussions, applicable for use in both classroom and broader professional forums. The seminar is open to graduate students, faculty members, independent scholars and the general public. Priority is given to individuals who are at a stage of their research at which they can best profit from discussion. The seminar meets on selected Fridays during the academic year, 3:30–5:00 PM, at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
To propose a paper, please send a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief c.v. to Heather Radke, Program Assistant, Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture, The Newberry Library. Please send all materials as electronic attachments via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in proposing a paper and have questions, please contact one of the seminar coordinators, Steve Riess (Northeastern Illinois University, S-Reiss@neiu.edu; (773) 442-5631) or Gerald Gems (North Central College, email@example.com; (630) 637-5502.)The Newberry Library is unable to provide funds for travel or lodging, but can assist in locating discounted accommodations.
Scholl Center for
American History and Culture
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago IL 60610
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