The Road to Rio Free Public Lunchtime Lectures, the National Football Museum Manchester
The International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester in partnership with the National Football Museum Manchester and Arts Council England February to June 2014
The Road to Rio: The Cultural History and Globalisation of the World Cup 1930-2014 British Library London 23 May 2014 hosted by the British Library and the International Centre for Sport History and Culture De Montfort University
Kit: Fashioning the Sporting Body Sport History Research Seminar Friday De Montfort University 31 October 2014
2. Hosted conferences/seminars
‘Sport, History and Literature: Approaches, Methods, Critiques’ September 2008 Dr Jean Williams co- organised the event with Prof Jeff Hill. After a series of one-day conferences on this theme in 2005 and 2007, the Centre organised a special two-day international conference on sport writing. An international panel of guest speakers (USA, Iceland, Ireland and mainland Europe) were invited to give papers at the event. The Centre was delighted to welcome Prof. Michael Oriard, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture, Oregon State University, as the key note speaker for the conference.
2008-present Sport History and Culture Research Seminar hosted 3 times annually at DMU. The MA Sport History and Culture/ PhD Research Seminar takes place three times a year. Jean has led this since 2008 as an invited seminar for staff/ established academics, PhD students (at DMU and other institutions) and MA students. We focus on new research but also the transition to working at postgraduate, post doctoral and subsequent phases of an academic career.
2011-12 £6,000 DMU Research Investment Fund-supported network to look at sporting fashion. The Natural Body: Movement, Dress and Physical Culture 1890-1945 is co-convened with Dr Christine Boydell and Professor Theresa Buckland with Jean Williams as Principal Investigator. Three seminars examining the history of specialist bathing and dance costumes will conclude on 27 April 2012.
Centre staff and the Oxford DNB day conference on 30 March 2012. Speakers included DNB Research Editor Mark Curthoys; ICSHC's Tony Collins and Dil Porter and Adrian Smith, Co-organiser of AHRC ‘Challenges to Biography’ Research Network, University of Southampton.
3. Network participant
Football Migration: Disabola member. Diasbola is a group of academics looking at football migration to analyse international patterns of movement in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia. The network’s membership can be seen at www.diasbola.com /Football Migration Network /Members. The group met at the University of Copenhagen in December 2010 where Jean presented a paper on the preliminary finding of the UEFA-funded project.
Sport and Law: With DMU colleagues Andy Gray of Business and Law and Tony Collins, Jean is working on an exhibition to be held at the Supreme Court in July 2012 to look at the historical connections between Olympic sport and the law. Keynotes include Dame Mary Peters and Denis Oswald.
4. Conference papers given Sept 2008 to present
- “The curious mystery of the ‘Olimpick Games’ Did Shakespeare know Dover… and does it matter?” based on research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the British Library and the Olympic museum in Lausanne Sport, History and Literature: Approaches, Methods, Critiques DMU September 2008.
- “The curious mystery of the ‘Olimpick Games’ Did Shakespeare know Dover… and does it matter?” inaugural East Midlands Early Modern inter disciplinary colloquium Loughborough University September 2008.
- ‘One of the most widely travelled cricketers of his day’ George Geary and Leicestershire’s sporting heroes DMU Sport History and Culture Research Seminar October 2008.
- ‘A History of Women’s Football in Germany’ 4th Transnational meeting of Scholars of Gender and Sport in Ludwigsburg, Germany November 2008.
- Invited and fully funded paper on ‘Women’s Football in Germany’ at German Historical Institute Washington USA November 2008.
- ‘Kit: toward a history of sports clothing’ with Dil Porter British Society of Sports History Stirling University July 2009.
- Invited panel Chair ‘Football and Globalization: a response’ Royal Holloway September 2009.
- ‘Kit: toward a history of sports clothing’ with Dil Porter Centre for the History of Retail and Distribution University of Wolverhampton September 2009.
- ‘Frisky and Bitchy: unlikely women Olympians’ Women’s History Network (Midlands) Staffordshire University in Stoke on Trent September 2009.
- 'Frisky and Bitchy: the life and work of Rixi Markus, the first woman world bridge grandmaster’ Sport and Society network Keele University October 2009.
- ‘Speed: Towards a collective biography of Brooklands’ women: the lives and careers of Kay Petre and the Hon. Mrs Victor Bruce’ Sixth Transnational meeting of Scholars of Gender and Sport University of Bath 26-27 November 2010.
- ‘Women’s Football Europe and Professionalisation’ Women, Football and Migration Symposium University of Copenhagen 1 December 2010.
- ‘Pat Smythe and the Golden Girls of the 1960s athletic team’ Sporting Lives Symposium Manchester Metropolitan University 2 December 2010.
- Women’s Football, Europe and Professionalization 1971-2011 final presentations UEFA headquarters, Nyon, July 2011 to an industry group chaired by William Gaillard.
- 'Speaking Softly: Roberta Cowell's Autobiography, Gender and Identity' at the Gender and Sport History Symposium International Football Institute, University of Central Lancashire and sponsored by The British Society for Sports History, June 2011.
- 'Speed: Towards a collective biography of Brooklands’ women’ Sport and Leisure History Series, Institute for Historical Research, London November 2011.
‘A History of World Cup Posters 1930-2014’ Football 150 Conference National Football Museum Manchester 2 September 2013.
- ‘A History of World Cup Posters 1930-2014’ Sports Writing and Cultural Translation Symposium Bristol University 21 February 2014.
‘A History of World Cup Posters 1930-2014’ Soccer as the Beautiful Game:
Football's Artistry, Identity and Politics International Conference Hofstra University, New York 10-12 April 2014.
- ‘A History of World Cup Posters 1930-2014’ Festival of Football Ideas, Bristol Planetarium 5 June 2014.
‘Personal Museums: My World Cup Memory and Memorabilia’.
‘Members of the public shared the stories behind their own World Cup objects which (through a process of 3D scanning and printing) are incorporated into an interactive cinematic installation.’
Delivered with John O Shea (National Football Museum) with artist group Soup Collective 18 June 2014.
‘Given The Boot: The ambiguities of the Design History of Football's Footwear’Kit: Fashioning the Sporting Body Sport History Research Seminar Friday De Montfort University 31 October 2014.
Other forms of public presentation
Working papers 'British Women Olympians 1900-1912' and 'Pat Smythe' plus feature article British Library http://www.bl.uk/sportandsociety/exploresocsci/sportsoc/sociology/articles.
Working paper “Women’s Football, Europe and Professionalization 1971-2011: Global Gendered Labor Markets" on the launch of its website http://www.diasbola.com/uk/foomi-members.html.
Article 'The WSL: the newly-launched English professional women's football league' PE Review (Philip Allan Updates, January 2012).