Sport, politics, and 'stateless nationhood' in the former British Empire: a contemporary history

2. 5. 2019
v 16:00 hodin, zasedací místnost 207, Jilská 1, Praha 1

Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i., a katedra sociologie Institutu sociologických studií FSV UK si Vás dovolují pozvat na jarní cyklus Čtvrtečních sociologických seminářů.

This paper will discuss the history of sport in the United Kingdom (and its former overseas empire) in the context of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum and the 2016 referendum on European Union, the latter of which is currently seeing the UK leave the common market in a disorganised fashion. The "Brexit" process is elucidating the anomalous historical creation of the UK, and the lack of a shared national narrative in a state whose constituent nations' and territories' identities are well-established within civic society, with opposing and contradictory narratives to the "dominant" nation: England. This discussion looks at how this issue manifests itself in sport, through examples with regard to Scotland, and to overseas territories, in particular the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar. 


Dr Matthew L. McDowell is a lecturer in sport policy, management, and international development at University of Edinburgh. His background is in the field of history. He has previously been employed by Glasgow and Kingston Universities as a tutor and sessional lecturer, moreover he has taught on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in sports studies, Scottish studies and history. Additionally, he has a practical background in recreation via the Scouting movement, both in the UK and the US.


Seminar will be held in English. No registration is needed.