do not mention the war

Crossing the Line – Chat

In Academia on October 12, 2015 at 15:00

The football season might be almost 2 months old, the academic season commences in early October. The Football Scholars Forum also kicks off a new season. Exciting news: My thesis is the opener!

After almost 7 years of thorough research I have completed my PhD thesis earlier this year. Reason enough to celebrate! Moreover, my thesis is subject of discussion of a 90 minute debate with the Football Scholar’s Forum. An academic book club established in 2010 at the History Department of Michigan State University, the Forum meets during term time to discuss recent research into football.


Previous sessions saw David Goldblatt discussing his seminal work ‘The Ball is Round’ as well as Jonathan Wilson discussing writing about the beautiful game in the digital age. Also, the Women’s World Cup is a regular topic in the Forum; without a doubt no other platform discusses the female game with such regularity than this academic book club. All works discussed previously have been published by established academics and writers. It is therefore an even greater honour to be able to discuss my thesis with these distinguished scholars. It is a first; a PhD thesis has not been discussed previously.

The topic is of course my PhD thesis: ‘Crossing the Line. The English Press and Anglo-German Football, 1954-1996.’ It covers 40 years of Anglo-German football relations and places football into the wider realm of Anglo-German relations post-1945. The study explores the role of national stereotypes and analyzes the changing attitudes in the sports press towards Germany in a wider historical context.

The discussion will be on Skype but there will be a recording of the session as well as twitter updates during the session. I will also update Facebook as well as google+ throughout the session as well as summarize the discussion in a longer post in the following days.

Join the discussion on 14 October 2015 at 8pm Paris time.


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