Conference Schedule – 2014


08:45-09:10 Registration – Clephan Building, Room 3.07

09:15-09:30 Welcome Address – Barbara Matthews MBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean for Art, Design and Humanities, De Montfort University
Room 3.03 – Chair: Victoria Dawson

09:30-10:30 Keynote Lecture: Andrew Lycett
Title of Paper TBC
Room 3.03 – Chair: Dr Catherine Wynne

10:30-10:45 Refreshment Break – Room 3.07

10:50-12:05 Panel Sessions

Panel One (Chair: Professor Tony Collins) – Room 3.03

Dr Shannon Smith – “Performing severe work”: The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and the Male Sporting Body in the Victorian Textual Imaginary

Matthew Kay – Title of Paper TBC

Victoria Dawson – “I am a professor of science”: Class and Classification in George Bernard Shaw’s Cashel Byron’s Profession

Panel Two (Chair: Dr Daryl Leeworthy) – Room 3.02

Dr Christopher Ewers: The Art of Fielding and the Art of the Sports Novel

Dr Claire Warden: “You suck!” Literariness and textual presence in professional wrestling

Dr Matthew Klugman: “I’m As Nauseous as I’ve Ever Been… You Want to Feel Like This Every Day”: Sport, Non-Fiction and the Pleasures of Embodied Suffering

Panel Three (Chair: Dr Neil Carter) – Room 3.01

Dr Stephen Tate: ‘The Wignall angle’: The shifting boundaries of fact, fiction and speculation in the career of sports writer Trevor Wignall.

Sarbajaya Bhattacharya: Sports Writing in Bengal: The World of Moti Nandi

Elizabeth Penner: Athleticism, “Manliness”, and the Boy’s Own Paper

12:05 -12:55 Lunch – Room 3.07

13:00-14:30 Plenary Speaker Panel
Room 3.03 – Chair: Victoria Dawson

Dr Vybarr Cregan-Reid: The Hardy Runner: Thinking Landscape with the Body

Dr Catherine Wynne: ‘I have perhaps the strongest influence over young men, especially young athletic sporting men, of anyone in England, (bar Kipling)’: Conan Doyle’s Fighting Bodies

Professor Tony Collins: ‘And we have come into our heritage’: Rugby, the First World War and the Cult of the Fallen

14:30-16:00 Panel Sessions

Panel Four (Chair: Dr Claire Warden) – Room 3.03

Dr Harpreet Vohra: Partition and Punjab: the Making of Milkha Singh in the Autobiography The Race of My Life

Simon Sandison: “There isn’t anyone else like me, maybe I’ll go down in history”: baseball’s nostalgic influence throughout 20th century US literature

Dr Jonathan Westaway: “A banner with a strange device”: Longfellow’s Excelsior and the metonymical presence of Idealism in mountaineering.

Panel Five (Chair: Dr Matthew Klugman) – Room 3.02

Dr Jane Thomas: The “New Sculpture” and Physical Culture: Manly Beauty and the Social Good at the Fin de Siécle

Dr Nikolai Endres: Let the Games Begin: Sex and Sports in Patricia Nell Warren’s The Front Runner

Panel Six (Chair: Dr Naeema Abdelgawad) – Room 3.01

Souvik Naha: Literature and the Making of Cricket in Modern Bengal, 1960-90

Dr Daryl Leeworthy: History is what you live: Sport, Class, and Region in the Novels of Ron Berry

Dr Magda Hasabelnaby: The Other Face of Sports: Competition and/or Friendship in Piri Thomas’s Amigo Brothers

16:00-17:00 Keynote Lecture: Professor Sarah Churchwell
Title of Paper TBC
Room 3.03 – Chair: Victoria Dawson

17:00-17:10 Thanks and Close

18:45 Conference Dinner


08:45-09:10 Registration – Clephan Building, Room 3.07

09:05-09:35 Plenary Speaker Video Presentation
Room 3.03 – Chair: Joe Hall

Dr Claire Westall – The Legend of W. G. Karunasena: Nationalist Googlies and Drunken Narration in Shehan Karunatilaka’s Chinaman

09:40-11:10 Panel Sessions

Panel Seven (Chair: Dr Elena Nistor) – Room 3.03

Dr Alan Bairner: ‘Are ye lookin’ for a game?’ Michael Murphy on golf, human potential, and Scottishness

Dr Naeema Abdelgawad: Re-writing the Image: Sports and Subalternity in Yusuf El Sebaee’s My Heart is Back

Dr Roxana Curto: Sport in the Postcolony: Soccer and Wrestling in Senegalese Literature

Panel Eight (Chair: Victoria Dawson) – Room 3.02

Emma Grundy-Haigh: Endurance Test: Making Sport of the Body under Punishment in Ian Fleming’s 007 series

Dr Elizabeth Wilson: The Sissy Game

Dr Andrew Harvey: Match-fixing in Literature

Panel Nine (Chair: Dr Simon Featherstone) – Room 3.01

Ruth Morris: Professional sport in the Victorian periodical, Belgravia: A London Magazine

Dr Thomas Bauer: The serialisation of Le Roi de la pédale / King of the Pedal (1925): Business, cycling and mass media (co-authored paper with Dr Tony Froissart)

11:10-11:20 Refreshment Break – Room 3.07

11:25-12:55 Plenary Speaker Panel
Room 3.03 – Chair: Dr Jane Thomas

Professor Simon Bainbridge – The Rise of the Romantic Mountaineer

Professor John Whale – Writing Fighting/Fighting Writing 1800-1825

Dr Emelyne Godfrey – Parasols of Fury: The Rise of the ‘Ju-jutsuffragettes’ in Popular Culture

12:55-13:40 Lunch – Room 3.07

13:45-15:15 Panel Sessions

Panel Ten (Chair: Dr Alan Bairner) – Room 3.03

Dr Simon Martin: Fantasizing Fascism. Emilio De Martino and the sporting novel in Mussolini’s Italy.

David Toms: Writing Sport in Ireland: Joyce and O’Casey

Dr Anthony May: Football and identity construction in the novels of Irvine Welsh

Panel Eleven (Chair: Emma Grundy-Haigh) – Room 3.02

Yuexi Liu: ‘Faster, faster’: the Bright Young People and Motor Racing in Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies

Dr Ellen Turner: Gladys Mitchell’s Murder Mysteries and Changing Perceptions of Physical Education

Dr Elena Nistor: ‘The surest way out of solitude…’: Reflections on Football in Contemporary British Poetry

Panel Twelve (Chair: Ruth Morris) – Room 3.01

Lisa Coar: To Waste, or not to Waste? That is Equestrian: Making Weight Morbid Among Victorian Men

Dr Simon Featherstone: In Search of a Body: Women, Sport and Popular Representation, 1890-1910

Matthew Sherman: The Literary Representation of Bodybuilding
in Elfriede Jelinek’s Ein Sportstück

15:20-16:20 Keynote Lecture: Professor Luke Gibbons
‘The Hysterical Celt’: Ireland, Masculinity and the National Body
Room 3.03 – Chair: Professor Tony Collins

16:20-16:30 Closing Remarks

16:30 End of Conference


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