'I Was Raised on this Sport: Football and Female Expertise' Keynote Address - Sports, Power, and Resistance Obermann Arts & Humanities Symposium

Sep 22, 2023

02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Stanley Museum of Art,

160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52242

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How can the history of activism in sports help us understand the dynamics shaping conflicts today? How might labor relations in sport be imagined differently? How does the structure of sporting entertainment provide opportunities and obstacles to activism, and how can activists navigate these challenges?

As fans flock to sports arenas to cheer for their favorite teams, these spaces are simultaneously important societal battlegrounds. From acts of political protest by players to legislative debates about who can compete on school teams, athletics are at the center of today’s culture wars. Join us for the Obermann Arts and Humanities Symposium “Sports, Power, and Resistance: Legacies and Futures” as leading scholars of history, sociology, cinema and media studies, rhetoric, and cultural studies map the past, explore the present, and chart future paths in the contested terrain of sports as a political force. 

Organized by well-known scholars of sport, media and culture, Thomas Oates (American Studies and Journalism & Mass Communication) and Travis Vogan (Journalism & Mass Communication and American Studies), this symposium will contextualize the contemporary politicized sportscape within a long and significant history of political movements through sports. 

This keynote address will be given by 2023-24 Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor, Victoria E. Johnson. 

Victoria E. Johnson teaches courses and conducts scholarly research on topics related to: Broadcast media theory, history and historiography; social and critical history of U.S. television and popular film; Sports media, culture, and sports' built-environment; cultural studies; race, geography and popular media; media policy, law, and rural access to communication technology.

Learn more about about Professor Victoria E. Johnson here.

This event is a part of the Sports, Power, and Resistance: Legacies and Futures Obermann Arts and Humanities Symposium. 

Free and open to all.

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