Halloween and Dubois

Happy Halloween! This means that November is upon us and with it, Laurent Dubois’s Soccer Empire. Last month’s meeting was a spectacular success so I am looking forward to closing the Fall season with Laurent’s excellent book. The meeting is now Tuesday November 16th at 2pm, it was moved so that I can attend THATCamp in Chicago.

THATCamp is a digital humanities ‘unconference’ where I will be discussing our  group and how to best foster its growing presence to aid our own research and provide a place to share ideas. I am happy to share that I received a $500 fellowship from the organizers to attend as well as participate in several ‘Bootcamps’ where I will learn a few new ‘hard tech skills’ in web design and coding.

Be sure to acquire Laurent’s book ASAP as the third week of November is not too far away!

Packed House for Goldblatt’s The Ball is Round

cover)BallIsRoundDavid Goldblatt — the Garrincha of Soccer Studies — attracted the largest crowd yet at the Football Scholars Forum!

The audio is available over at the Recordings Page, be sure to email a request for the password if you would like to listen. We had an excellent talk that included discussion on globalization, politics and capital, and the role of the working class in football’s history.

Thanks are in order to David Goldblatt for sharing his insights and to everyone who participated, including Ben Dettmar, Gordon Stewart, Alejandro Gonzalez, Andrew Guest, Tom McCabe, Tim Vickery, Steven Apostolov, Laurent Dubois, Peter Alegi, and Alex Galarza.

The Ball is Round!

Our second session is on Wednesday October 20th,  at 2:15pm East Coast time. We are splitting The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer in two halves so in this meeting we are reading and discussing parts 1-3 (pp. 3-479).

Part one: “Ancients and Moderns: Football and the Invention of Modern Sport, from the beginning to 1914”

Part two: “The People’s Game: Football, Empire, and Industry 1870-1934”

Part three: “The Beautiful Game: Football’s Short Twentieth Century, 1934-1974”

Be sure to email me with your skype name if your plan to participate so that we can include you in the conference call.

I also wanted to share that I have been accepted at THATCamp in Chicago next month, a conference on the digital humanities that brings together academics, librarians, and technology specialists to work collaboratively on individual projects. The Football Scholars Forum will be the ‘paper’ I give at the conference so I look forward to sharing the results after we end the Fall season with Laurent Dubois.

David Goldblatt podcasts – London School of Economics & BBC

Check out October’s author over at the London School of Economics delivering a talk entitled: “This Sporting Planet: global sport and global capitalism”

“Globalisation has seen sport achieve a hitherto unequalled global cultural significance, but it has also left it in thrall to capitalism. Will economic forces continue to shape sport?” Listen or download here

Also check out his four part series on derbies for the BBC World Service Monday Documentary titled “The Power and the Passion”

FSF September Opener with Chris Gaffney

Chris Gaffney’s TemplesTemples of the Earthbound Gods led the FSF fall lineup, introducing a geographer’s perspective to our group.

His book establishes the stadium as a unique analytical tool for understanding football, the city, and society. Temples is ambitious in its temporal and thematic scope, incorporating analysis on race, masculinity, and class in a comparative perspective.

Gaffney treated us to anecdotes from his experiences in Brazil and Argentina, including attending a particularly violent Sacachispas match in the Argentine fourth division. (See FSF Forum member David Keyes’s review of a documentary made on Sacachispas FC here) Questions touched on the structure of the book, using Chris’s stadium method elsewhere, and Argentine masculinity. Participants: David Keyes, David Roberts, Alex Galarza, Peter Alegi

The audio from the meeting is available at our recordings page.

Temples Materials

A number of links to share as we warm-up for Chris Gaffney’s Temples of the Earthbound Gods on September 22nd:

Gaffney's Temples Sept 22

We will be hosting Chris Gaffney on September 22nd to discuss his book, Temples of the Earthbound Gods.

Feel free to poke around the page as a few changes have been made to the menu and the schedule has been updated.