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NASSH Convention Coordinator, Russell Field. Dr Field is also slated to present at the conference on the topic of why sport matters

Sports scholars from across the globe make way to Winnipeg

Pre-conference workshop has focus on Indigenous resurgence and decolonization through sport history

May 18, 2018 — 

A major sport history conference hosted by the U of M’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management is touching down in Winnipeg.

The 46th annual convention of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) is happening May 25-28 at the Fort Garry Hotel and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The conference, to be attended by almost 200 people, will feature experts and sports scholars from across the continent, presenting on topics such as why sport matters; women, sport, and empowerment; Sticks, Pucks and Politics: Hockey and the Cold War, and much more. They keynote address on May 26 will be delivered by Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild.

The convention program has a full listing of topics and presentations.

Conference coordinator, Dr Russell Field, says he’s eager for the sports academics of the world to congregate in Winnipeg to share their knowledge, spur discourse, and create connections.

“We, as a faculty and university, are honoured to host NASSH and be the venue for important discussions on the cultural and historical significance of sport,” says Field, an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. 

NASSH’s purpose is to promote, stimulate, and encourage study, research, and writing on the history of sport; and to support and cooperate with local, national, and international organizations having the same purposes.

The main convention will be preceded by a pre-conference workshop entitled Indigenous Resurgence, Regeneration, and Decolonization through Sport History at the U of M May 23-34. This two-day symposium brings together scholars and community members concerned with the history of sport, physical activity, and embodied physical culture in the Indigenous context. In addition to facilitating the workshopping of research papers for a special issue of the Journal of Sport History, the symposium will also provide historians with the opportunity to learn through dialogue with community members.

The pre-conference workshop will feature a keynote presentation from Eugene Arcand. A survivor of the Indian Residential School system, Arcand is a member of the Governing Circle of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and a First Nation Sports Hall of Fame inductee.

Registration is still open for both the pre-conference workshop and the convention. More information can be found on the NASSH website.



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