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Dr Heather Dichter

Job: Principal Lecturer

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University

T: +44 (0)116 201 3907

E: heather.dichter@dmu.ac.uk

W: lcbs.ac.uk

 

Research interests/expertise

Olympic Games

International Sport

Diplomacy and International Relations

Germany

Europe

NATO

Dr. Heather Dichter is able to supervise MA and PhD projects on several areas of sport history, particular international sport, mega-events, the Olympic movement, sport and diplomacy, sport and politics, and sport media.

Qualifications

BA, University of Michigan (History)

MA, University of North Carolina (History)

PhD, University of Toronto (History) - 2008

Courses taught

 

Mega Events: Global Sport in Perspective

Sports Heritage and Legacy Management

Membership of professional associations and societies

International Centre for Sports History and Culture

International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES) – Council member (2009-present)

North American Society for Sport History

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Conference attendance

“Not Quite the Sweetest Place on Earth: International Sport in Hershey,” North American Society for Sport History, Fullerton,
CA (2017)

“Game Plan for Democracy: Public Diplomacy Programs for Sport and Youth in Occupied Germany,” The Allied Occupation of Germany Revisited: New Research on the Western Zones of Occupation, 1945-1949, German Historical Institute, London, England (2016)

“The Short-Lived German Olympic Bid: Political and Media Responses to Berlin’s 1968 Olympic Bid,” International Society for the History of Physical Education & Sport, Paris (2016)

“‘Swiss dove of peace’: Swiss Support to German Football, 1945-1950,” Journee Suisse d’Histoire, Lausanne, Switzerland (2016)

“Sport Is Not So Separate From Politics: IOC Member Correspondence with Foreign Ministries,” International Society for the History of Physical Education & Sport, Split, Croatia (2015)

 “Gracious Hosts in the Land of the Tulips”: Dutch Football and NATO during the Cold War,” North American Society for Sport History, Coral Gables, FL (2015)

“Olympic Bribery: Rethinking the Origins of Illegal Bidding Tactics,” International Society for the History of Physical Education & Sport, Doha, Qatar (2014)

“Wha’ Happened?”: News Coverage of Lake Placid’s Failed 1968 Olympic Bid,” North American Society for Sport History, Glenwood Springs, CO (2014)

“Supporting Detroit: The State Department’s Role in the NATO Working Group on the 1968 Olympic Games,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Arlington, VA (2013)

“’A Symbolic Day of German Sport’: The Impact of the Media Coverage of the 1948 German-Swiss Intercity Soccer Games,” North American Society for Sport History, Halifax, NS (2013)

“Allied Reconstruction of Physical Education in Occupied Germany, 1945-1949,” History of Education Society, Glasgow, Scotland (2011)

“Norwegian Debates on German Participation in the 1952 Oslo Winter Olympics,” German Studies Association, Louisville, KY (2011)

“Turnen in Occupied Germany and the Re-Founding of the Deutscher Turner Bund, 1949-50,” International Society for the History of Physical Education & Sport, Frankfurt, Germany (2011)

Recent research outputs

J. Simon Rofe and Heather L. Dichter, eds., Diplomacy & Statecraft special issue: “Sport and Diplomacy: Message, Mode, and Metaphor?” 27, no. 2 (2016)

Heather L. Dichter and Andrew Johns, eds. Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft and International Relations since 1945 (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014).

Heather L. Dichter and Bruce Kidd, eds. Olympic Reform Ten Years Later (London: Routledge, 2012).
*originally published as special issue of Sport in Society (v. 14, no. 3)

Heather L. Dichter, “’A game of political ice hockey’: NATO Restrictions on East German Sport Travel in the Aftermath of the Berlin Wall,” in Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft and International Relations since 1945, ed. Heather Dichter and Andrew Johns. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014).

Heather L. Dichter, “‘We have allowed our decisions to be determined by political considerations’: The Cold War German Question in the International Ski Federation,” Sport in History 37, no. 3 (2017), 290-308.

Heather L. Dichter, “Corruption in the 1960s?: Rethinking the Origins of Unethical Olympic Bidding Tactics,” International Journal of the History of Sport 33, no. 6-7 (2016), 666-682.

Heather L. Dichter, “Sporting Relations: Diplomacy, Small States, and Germany’s Postwar Return to International Sport,” Diplomacy & Statecraft 27, no. 2 (2016), 340-359/ 

Heather L. Dichter, “Diplomatic and International History: Athletes and Ambassadors,” International Journal of the History of Sport 32, no. 15 (2015), 1741-1744.

Heather L. Dichter, “Corporate Consolidation and Content Management Systems in College Athletics Websites: A Case Study of Mgoblue.com,” International Journal of Sport Communication 7, no. 2 (2014), 234-244.

Heather L. Dichter, “Kicking Around International Sport: West Germany’s Return to the International Community through Football,” International Journal of the History of Sport 30, no. 17 (2013), 2031-2051.

Heather L. Dichter, “Rebuilding Physical Education in the Western Occupation Zones of Germany, 1945-1949,” History of Education, 41, no. 6 (Nov. 2012), 787-806.

Heather L. Dichter, “State of the Field: Sport history and diplomatic history,” H-Diplo (Dec. 2014), http://h-diplo.org/essays/PDF/E122.pdf

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