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Dr Dave Dee

Job: Associate Professor in Modern History

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 7398

E: ddee@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.academia.edu/DavidDee

 

Personal profile

David Dee is an Associate Professor in Modern History within the School of Humanities, having formerly held Visiting Lecturer positions within the School of History and Cultures at University of Birmingham and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University.

David is a social historian with particular interests in the history of race, ethnicity and immigration in Britain and sport/leisure history in Western society. Much of his research concentrates on the modern History of the British-Jewish community.

His first research monograph, entitled Sport and British Jewry: Integration, Ethnicity and anti-Semitism, 1890-1970 was published in hardback in January 2013 by Manchester University Press and as a paperback in November 2014. The book has been labelled the ‘best and clearest account of one of the missing links in the history of British Jewry’ (Sander Gilman), a ‘seminal work’ (Geoffrey Alderman), ‘rich in detail’ (Todd Endelman) and ‘an important piece of social and cultural history’ (Tony Kushner). 

David has also contributed articles to numerous historical journals, including The London Journal, Immigrants and Minorities, Patterns of Prejudice, The International Journal of the History of Sport, Journal of Sport History, Labor History, Labour History Review and Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England.

He is currently finalising a new monograph, contracted to Palgrave and due to be published in Autumn 2017, investigating the social history of the British Jewish community in the interwar years, entitled 'The "Estranged Generation"? Social and Generational Change in Interwar British Jewry'.

He has spoken widely about his research to academic audiences and at public events held by organisations such as the Memorial de la Shoah, Paris, Jewish Book Week, Jewish Museum, London and the Manchester Jewish Museum. David is also a reviewer and referee for several academic journals and has undertaken consultancy and advisory work for a number of museums and funding bodies.

David is Programme Leader for the BA History degree, as well as being responsible for the team's Twitter and Facebook pages.

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

Click here for a full listing of Dave Dee's publications and outputs.

Key research outputs

Books:

Sport and British Jewry: Integration, Ethnicity and Anti-Semitism, 1890-1970, Manchester: Manchester University Press, Hardback - 2013, Paperback - 2014.

The 'Estranged' Generation? Social and Generational Change in Interwar British Jewry, London: Palgrave Macmillan, Hardback/Ebook - 2017

Journal Special Issues

w/Matt Taylor (Eds), 'Sport, Recreation and British Labour', 55, 5, 2014, 539-653.

Essays in Edited Volumes:

'"Ironing Out the Ghetto Bend" - Football, Integration and Jewish "Anglicisation" in Four Four Jew: Football, Fans and Faith, London: Shire Books, 2013

‘‘The Sunshine of Manly Sports and Pastimes’ - Physical Recreation, Sport and the ‘Anglicisation’ of Jewish Refugees in Britain, 1881-1914’ in Stefan Manz and Panikos Panayi (Eds), Refugees and Cultural Transfers to Britain, Abingdon: Routledge, 2013

Journal Articles:

'A Means of "Escape"? British Jewry, Communism and Sport, 1920-1950, Labour History Review, 80, 2, 2015, 169-194.

'"Personality and Colour into Everything He Does": Henry Rose (1899-1958) - Journalist, Celebrity and the Forgotten Man of the Munich Disaster', Journal of Sport History, 41, 3, 2014, 425-446.

‘"Wandering Jews"? British Jewry, Outdoor Recreation and the Far-Left, 1900-1939', Labor History, 55, 5, 2014, 563-579.

'Sport, Recreation and British Labour' w/ Matt Taylor, Labor History, 55, 5, 2014, 539-546

‘”There is no Discrimination Here, But the Committee Never Elects Jews”’ - Anti-Semitism in British Golf, 1894-1970’, Patterns of Prejudice, 47, 2, 2013, 117-138 (article selected in 'Editors' Pick 2011-2013 collection)

‘Sport or “Shul”? Physical Recreation, Anglo-Jewry and the Jewish Sabbath, c1880-1945’, Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England, 44, 2012, 7-26

‘”The Hefty Hebrew” Boxing and British-Jewish Identity, 1890-1950’, Sport in History, 32, 3, 2012, 361-381 (article nominated for 'Best Sport in History article of 2012')

‘”Too Semitic” or “thoroughly Anglicised”? The Life and Career of Harold Abrahams, International Journal of the History of Sport, 29, 6, April 2012, 868-886 (article nominated for 'Best IJHS Article of 2012')

'"Nothing Specifically Jewish in Athletics?" Sport, Physical Recreation and the Jewish Youth Movement in London, 1895-1914', London Journal, 34, 2, 2009, 82-101.

Research interests/expertise

Jewish history; history of sport and recreation in Britain, Europe and the USA; history of race, ethnicity and immigration in Britain.

Areas of teaching

  • Historical methods, public history, heritage and memory; 
  • History of ethnicity/immigration in Britain, Europe and USA;
  • Second World War; 
  • History and Employability
  • British sport history.

Qualifications

  • Fellow - Higher Education Academy
  • BA (Hons) History, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • MA Sport History and Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester (Funded by AHRC 'Research Preparation Master's Scheme)
  • PhD History, De Montfort University, Leicester (Funded by AHRC 'Doctoral Scheme')

Courses taught

  • HIST1002 Presenting and Re-Presenting the Past
  • HIST2099 History and the Workplace
  • HIST3000 The Dissertation
  • HIST3032 Jews in Twentieth Century Britain

Honours and awards

DMU 'Future Research Leader' - 2014

Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, De Montfort University - nominated 2011, 2012, 2014 

Richard Cox Postgraduate Prize, British Society of Sport History, September 2010, best postgraduate conference paper delivered at the BSSH annual conference.

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Association of Jewish Studies, 2014 -

British Society for Sport History, 2007 -

European Association for Jewish Studies, 2014 -

North American Society for Sport History, 2014 -

Social History Society, 2013 -

Conference attendance

'"I Wanted to be a Rebel, not a Rabbi" - Religion, Social Change and Interwar British Jewry', Social History Society annual conference 2017, 4-6 April 2017, IHR, London

'Ethnic Reactions or "Reactive Ethnicity"? British Jews and anti-Fascism in the 1930s', Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism, Raphael Samuel History Centre, Queen Mary University, London, 1-3 July 2016

'“A Game Was More Than A Game” –Sport, Integration and Interwar British Jewry', North American Society for Sport History, Annual Conference, University of Miami, Florida, 22-25 May 2015

'An "Estranged" Generation? Politics, Social Change and Interwar British Jewry', British Association of Jewish Studies, Annual Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, July 13-15, 2014

'"Personality and Colour into Everything He Does" - Henry Rose: Journalist, Celebrity and the Forgotten Man of the Munich Air Disaster', Manchester Jewish Museum, Manchester, 18 May 2014.

'"Personality and Colour into Everything He Does" - Henry Rose: Journalist, Celebrity and the Forgotten Man of the Munich Air Disaster', Jewish Museum, London, 2 February 2014 (talk part of Museum's 'Four Four Jew: Football, Fans and Faith' exhibition)

'Jews and British Sport, 1890-1970', Jewish Historical Society of England, Birmingham branch, 24 November 2013

‘A Means of “Escape”? British Jews, Communism and Sport, 1920-1950’, paper at Social History Society Annual Conference, 25 March 2013

'Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here? The Hidden History of British Jews and Sport?’ session for Jewish Book Week, London, 24 February 2013 - http://www.jewishbookweek.com/past-events/310

‘Sport and British Jewry: Integration, Ethnicity and Anti-Semitism 1890-1970’, paper for the Jewish Historical Society of England, Leeds, 3 December 2012

‘Muscular Jews? Sport and British/Manchester Jewry, 1890-1970’, 28 June 2012, Manchester Jewish Museum, Manchester, opening public lecture in series alongside ‘Jews and the Sporting Life’ exhibition

‘British Exceptionalism? British-Jewish Sporting Organisations: 1890-1939’, 8 November 2011, Memorial de la Shoah, Paris, France, part of public lecture series on ‘Jewish Sports Associations in Europe before 1939

’‘Jews and British Sport: Integration, Ethnicity and Anti-Semitism since 1800’, 8 September 2011, keynote paper for Historical Perspectives on Jews and British Sport symposium, De Montfort University, Leicester

‘The British Union of Fascists and the “Sporting Jew”, 1935-1939’, 9 May 2011, Institute of Historical Research, Sport and Leisure History seminar series, academic paper

‘Shul’ or the Sixteenth Green? – Anglo-Jewry, Sport and the Jewish Sabbath, 1890-1945’, 11 Sept 2010, British Society of Sports History Annual Conference, Wellcome Collection, London, academic paper

“I’m afraid we have a Jewish quota’: Anti-Semitism and Golf in Britain, 1894-2000’, 13 April 2010, European Social Science History Conference, Ghent, Belgium, academic paper

‘Sport and the Manchester Jewish Community, 1900-1939’, 3 July 2009, Anglo-American Conference of Historians, Institute for Historical Research, London, academic paper

Consultancy work

Academic consultant for Manchester Jewish Museum, ‘Jews and the Sporting Life’ exhibition, June 2012-December 2012 - http://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/previous-events/184-next-exhibition-playing-the-game-sporting-life-in-jewish-manchester

Academic consultant for Jewish Museum, London, ‘Four Four Jew: Football, Fans and Faith’ exhibition, October 2013-February 2014 - http://www.jewishmuseum.org.uk/Football

I am available for consultancy work on the sporting history of the British Jewish community.

Current research students

First Supervisor:

Thomas Barcham (PhD) - 'The Commercialisation of Mountaineering after 1945'

Second Supervisor:

David Freestone (PhD) - 'A History of the British Racing Drivers' Club (TBC)'

Externally funded research grants information

‘Jews and British Sport: Integration, Ethnicity and anti-Semitism, c1880-c1960’, Arts and Humanities Research Council, PhD research project funded by Doctoral Scheme, 2007-2010. 

Internally funded research project information

Early Career Research Fellowship funding for 'The "Estranged Generation": Social Change and British Jewry, 1918-1939', October 2013-September 2015 (£6000)

Consultancy support for Jewish Museum, London ‘Four Four Jew’ exhibition, De Montfort University HEIF support, February-June 2013 (£1200)

‘Jews and Communist Sport, 1919-1939’, School of English and History Research Committee, funding for archival research, June-July 2012 (£200)

Professional esteem indicators

Refereeing activities:

  • International Journal of the History of Sport, July 2012-
  • Jewish Culture and History, Feb 2015 -
  • National Science Centre, Poland, Sept 2016 -
 
Reviewing activities:
  • Sport in History, September 2010-
  • Jewish Culture and History, August 2011-
  • Patterns of Prejudice, September 2011-
  • Contemporary British History, January 2014-

Newspaper Articles 

‘Exercises in Changing Identities’, Jewish Chronicle 8 February 2013 - http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/comment/102249/exercises-changing-identities

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