Sports History and Culture

International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) Overview

The ICSHC is widely acknowledged as the leading centre for the study of sports history in the world. Our team has produced critically acclaimed histories of football, rugby, cricket, golf, women’s sport and much more. Key research areas include the history of sport, leisure and popular culture in Britain; global and transnational histories of sport; class, gender and national identities in sport; and sport, literature and heritage. The ICSHC offers expertise in all historical periods from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, and has close links with research institutions in Europe, South America and further afield.  

The International Centre for Sports History and Culture Research Group at De Montfort University invites applications to the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership from UK and EU students. Members of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture and their research interests are listed below:

  • Dr Neil Carter, Senior Research Fellow:
    History of sports medicine
    Sport, health and the state
    The role of voluntarism in society
    Social and cultural history of cycling.
  • Professor Robert Colls, Professor of Cultural History:
    Nineteenth and twentieth century English/ British sport
    Popular culture
    National and regional identities
    Politics and letters
    George Orwell.
  • Professor Matthew Taylor, Professor of History:
    History of football, boxing and speedway
    Global and transnational histories of sport
    Sport and international migration
    Labour and trade unionism in the entertainment industries
    Sport and the Second World War.
  • Dr Jean Williams, Senior Research Fellow:
    Social and cultural history of sport, physical education and gender
    British Women Olympians
    Sport and Literature
    International women’s football
    Sportswear, fashion and footwear
    Motor Sport.
  • Professor Tony Collins, Professor of History:
    Class and sport
    Global history of the rugby codes
    Britain in the 1920s.
  • Professor Richard Holt, Professor of History:
    Sporting heroes and national identity
    Amateurism and sport
    Sport and ethnicity.
  • Professor Dil Porter, Professor of Sports History and Culture:
    Sport and twentieth century Britain
    National identity
    Cold War football.

To find out more about the International Centre for Sports History and Culture, click here and here to make an application.

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