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International Football History Conference 7-8 June 2018

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International Football History Conference

7-8 June 2018

Key Note Speakers: Chris Bolsmann, Stefan Szymanski & Matthew Taylor

Conference partners include the British Society of Sports History, Routledge and the Professional Footballers Association.

To be held at the City Football Academy, Manchester City FC, Manchester M11 3FF

The second annual International Football History Conference will take place at the City Football Academy, Manchester City Football Club, Manchester M11 3FF, England and will be held over two days (7 and 8 June 2018). There is a fantastic collection of papers being presented with contributions from leading academics from across the globe including many leaders in their field.

Papers focusing on football’s origins, race, discrimination, identity, the World Cup, gender, and issues within football (including football of all codes) will be presented (see below for a draft list of presenters and topics).

Conference organiser Dr Gary James has been pleased with the interest: "The inaugural International Football History Conference was staged in 2017 and proved popular with leading academics, early career researchers, football historians and students and this year's conference will build on that. It promises to be another significant conference with world leading research presented, while also providing networking opportunities, as well as the potential for collaborations."

A special edition of the journal Soccer & Society will be produced with selected articles from both the 2017 and 2018 conferences, and Routledge Books have donated £150 of books towards a best paper prize.

Conference organiser: Dr. Gary James


£119 (delegates in employment) and £99 (students/unwaged/retired delegates).

In addition to the two day conference (held at Manchester City's City Football Academy 08:00 to 18:00 on both days) delegates will be provided with return coach travel from Manchester city centre to the conference each morning (leaving at 08:00 from a designated city centre location and returning after each day's final activity). There will also be a social gathering on the evening of Thursday 7th June (delegates will receive details of this special event by end of March).

Delegates will need to make their own arrangements regarding accommodation for the conference. If you would like some advice on where to stay please contact the organiser, Dr Gary James via footycon@outlook.com


As well as the key notes mentioned the following is a draft list of some of the presenters and topics (this is subject to change, with a more detailed schedule produced in March):

Adam Winkel - National Dissonance: Official Anthems in Spanish Football

Adam Powley - The history of Glenbuck, a tiny and now abandoned Scottish mining village which produced over 50 professional footballers including Bill Shankly

Alexa Crais - The image of football in French books for children since 1945

Amee Gill - Women in a ‘Man’s World: A socio-historical perspective on women working in football leadership

Chris Stride - Emperors, thinkers, celebrities, and father figures: the history of football management told through its statues

Christoph Wagner - Hugo Meisl and the Mitropa Cup

Conor Curran - ‘Ireland’s Second Capital’? Irish Footballers’ Migration to Liverpool, the Growth of Support and the organisation of Liverpool Football Club Matches in Dublin: an historical assessment

Cordelia Brazile - Boys to Men: Education and Youth Football Academies in England and the United States

Danyel Reiche - Eligibility criteria for national teams in different football codes in light of recent changes in rugby union

Dil Porter & Chris Bolsmann - Corinthians FC and the business of touring, 1882-1939

Enrico Landoni - Italian football discovering the Soviet School.

George Kioussis - Joining the World, Kicking: The American Bid for the 1994 FIFA World Cup

Gherardo Bonini - Embryos of new policies in Austrian football in 1930s

Gijs van Campenhout - Has the FIFA World Cup become more migratory? A comparative historical perspective

Gijsbert Oonk - Who Belongs to the Nation? Sport, Migration and Citizenship Changes

Graham Deakin - ANTICIPATION NOT RE-INSCRIPTION : leveraging The Sunday Times Magazine’s preview of the 1966 World Cup as a barometer of the state of the English game

Helena Byrne - Reviewing football history through the UK Web Archive

Ian Nannestad - Before the Kop: a brief history of singing by football fans

James Reade - Paying on the Gate: Turnstile by turnstile analysis of attendance demand at football.

Jean Williams - Women’s Football As a Feminist Space 1869-1991

John Dewhirst & Wray Vamplew - From Recreational Club to Sports Business: A Framework for Historical Analysis of the Transition

Jorge Knijnik - Social Revolution and the 2014 FIFA World Cup

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe – Where to from here?

Kamel Benmesbah, Bourenane Mustapha & Benbousta Rahima - Football, the standard-bearer of the Algerian people revolution until independence (1957-1962)

Karen Grunwell - Against the Run of Play: The persistence of women’s football in Scotland from the 1960s

Kasey Symons - Fantasy Figures and Gone Girls : How gendered performances create borders between female fans of elite male sports.

Katie Taylor - “Glamour on the Gridiron”: Women’s Professional American Football Leagues in the 1930s and 40s.

Les Street - From NSL to the A-League: the transformation of Melbourne’s national league football grounds

Leslie Crang - Enter Right - The FLA and Post Brexit Fandom

Luiz Rocha - Musical Chairs: Brazil`s foreign policy, international elites and João Havelange election to FIFA (1949-1974)

Martin Johnes - Black British Footballers Between the Wars

Martyn Cooke - The Sentinel Junior Charity Cup: The longest continuous association football competition in England

Nicola Burton - 'Nessun Dorma, Rooster': Kevin 'Rooster' Russell as an Object Lesson in a Post-Hillsborough, Pre-FA Premier League English Football World

Paul Campbell - ‘You go from being idolised to stacking shelves’: An oral history of education training, retirement and career transition for ex-professional footballers in England c.1988-2008

Pavel Brunßen - Football in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp

Seweryn Dmowski - From a Warsaw Pact Officer to a ‘Citizen’: The Transfer of Kazimierz Deyna as a Political Decision

Stuart Giibs - The Strange Birth of Women’s Football

Tony Collins - Rethinking Sheffield’s Role in the Development of Modern Football

Victor Ramalho - The first years of rugby in São Paulo (1891-1933)

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