Leeds Postgraduate Conference Programme

Sporting Bodies

Leeds Humanities Research Institute

29-31 Clarendon Place

University of Leeds


West Yorkshire



23rd & 24th May 2013


Thursday 23rd May

12:15 – 13:15

Registration and lunch (LHRI) 


13:15 – 13:30

Welcome address (LHRI)


13:30 – 15:00

Panel 1: Sporting communities: Historical perspectives (LHRI)

Crossbow competitions as sporting events and as agents of social peace in Late Medieval Flanders

Dr Laura Crombie, University of York

“A good game of ping-pong is a kind of prayer and a foul game of football is a kind of sin”: Sports, games and religion in Jewish youth clubs, 1870-1939

Anne Holdorph, University of Southampton

Tanned diabolical jugglers: Forgotten heroes of Indian hockey

Nikhilesh Bhattacharya, Jadavpur University


15:00 – 15:15

Refreshments (LHRI)

15:15 – 16:45

Panel 2: Untrustworthy bodies: Disability, illness, and exaggeration (LHRI)

The NFL’s brain bank: Injury, disability and American football’s ruined bodies

Simon Sandison, University of Leeds

‘My personal 9/11’: Martina Navratilova’s terrorist cells

Sita Balani, King’s College London

The marketing of hyper-masculinity in male bodybuilding advertisements: Gender paradoxes and incoherencies.

Brian J Morrison, UCLAN


17:00 – 18:00

Wine Reception (School of English: Alumni Room)


18:00 – 19:15

Keynote address (School of English: Alumni Room)

Governing bodies: Sport and the body in history

Professor Tony Collins, Director of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montford University



Conference Dinner


Friday 24th May

09:00 – 09:30

Tea & Coffee (LHRI)


09:30 – 11:00

Panel 3: Who gets to play and who doesn’t? The inclusive/exclusive nature of sport

The place of sport in Spain’s regeneracionismo movement.

David Hewitt, University of Leeds

From games and play to sport, and back: Blurring social boundaries through physical activity

Davide Sterchele, Leeds Metropolitan University

Football places: an investigation into the relationship between architecture and football

Benjamin Costello, Independent (Honk Kong)


11:00 – 11:15

Refreshments (LHRI)


11:15 – 12:45

Panel 4: Controlling female athleticism (LHRI)

If ‘women athletes’ could be men: testing sex in 1930s sport

Clare Tebbutt, University of Manchester

Women’s cricket and the ‘clothing problem’ in interwar Britain

Judy Threlfall, International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montford University.

Bicycles and body techniques at the Fin-de-siècle: cycling handbooks and the Victorian separate spheres

Marine Bellégo, Trinity College, Cambridge

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