Making Manhood, Making Science: Myths of identity in modern sport and explo...

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University of Bimingham

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Making Manhood, Making Science: Myths of identity in modern sport and exploration

Dr Vanessa Heggie

In the first half of the twentieth century, the North Pole, the South Pole and Mount Everest changed from distant, geographical locations into prime sites for advertising personal, national, and scientific superiority. Their ‘conquests’ are modern fairy tales: told and retold to make and unmake heroes, to emphasise manly bodily suffering and rational science, or to celebrate a particular style of leadership.

In this talk, Dr Vanessa Heggie takes three tropes of extreme exploration: British amateurism, hetronomative masculinity, and Whiteness, to understand how these identities worked for explorers and scientists and why they continue to appeal to modern audiences.

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Vanessa Heggie is a historian of modern science and medicine at the Institute for Applied Health Research. Her research focuses on understanding the human body and its interaction with the social and natural environment, including examining categories (such as race and class) and boundaries (e.g. healthy/unhealthy, pathological/normal). Her first book ‘A History of British Sports Medicine’ was published by Manchester University Press, in 2011. She is also a regular columnist for the Guardian‘s H-word.




This event launches the BRIHC Spring Series, which invites world class researchers from Birmingham Research Institute of History and Cultures to present their work in a series of exclusive, public lectures.

The Watson Building is home to the School of Mathematics, view it on the campus map here.

Image credit: Edward Adrian Wilson © Wellcome Images



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University of Bimingham

Edgbaston

B15 2TS

United Kingdom

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