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The Future of the Sporting Past: Updates on Sport Heritage Research Projects

 

 

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Here at Sport Heritage Review HQ, we’ve been busily at work on a number of different research projects – which, unfortunately, has lead to a bit of neglect for our social media channels. As such, it seems like the time is right to provide a few updates about our sport heritage research:

Clemson Football Memories Project: The findings from this project, which links sport heritage (specifically about Clemson University’s football program) with reminiscence therapy, have been shared at academic conferences including the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) conference in Winnipeg and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Conference in Grand Rapids. The project, in fact, was awarded the Excellence in Education Award at ATRA. Findings will soon be submitted to peer-reviewed journals in both Recreational Therapy and Heritage Studies. The project team will also soon be meeting with members of the BasebALZ baseball reminiscence therapy project in Austin, and one of our project team members will be attending the Football Memories Scotland convention in Glasgow in November. It is hoped that these meeting will provide both learning opportunities and research directions for the project team as well as provide valuable networking connections within the sport-based reminiscence community.

Baseball Heritage: Two manuscripts about the baseball research projects, which included stops in both Cooperstown and Cincinnati, will soon be submitted. One of the research projects explores the cultural and economic outputs, duties, and tensions at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, while the other looks at representations of Pete Rose at both Cooperstown and at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.

Post-Event Olympic Museums: Jungah Choi, a doctoral student in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University, is currently researching post-event Olympic museums (in other words, Olympic museums in former Olympic host cities. She will be presenting her research proposal at the International Symposium of Olympic and Paralympic Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Ms. Choi will also be contributing posts to the Sport Heritage Review about her research in the near future.

Politics of Sport Heritage in Brazil: Felipe Tobar, a doctoral student in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University, is currently working on a manuscript and conference presentation related to the politics and corruption of listing football stadia as heritage properties in Brazil. Mr. Tobar will also be contributing posts to the Sport Heritage Review about his research in the near future.

Sport Heritage Travels: Our travels this past summer have included a number of sport heritage stops, including in Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Cincinnati. The Ottawa trip was particularly informative, as several prominent national museums and public spaces included sport-based heritage – including a large scale public art project featuring a rendering of the Stanley Cup (see above), the trophy awarded to the champion of the National Hockey League. The Canadian Museum of History also included a tremendous amount of sport heritage in telling the story of Canada, while the Canadian War Museum held a special exhibition about armour, including the use of armour in medieval and contemporary sport.

We hope to be back shortly with updates on these projects, announcements of new and exciting project, as well as posts about sport heritage research from a number of new voices and perspectives.


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