“Confronting the Crisis”: The 11th Annual Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference

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Friday April 27th in the Friedgen Family Student Lounge (SPH 2236)

See HERE for full conference schedule.

The Physical Cultural Studies (PCS) Graduate Student Association – located within the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park – will host their 11th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Friday, April 27th, 2018 at the School of Public Health Building. This one-day conference will consist of a series of student presentations as well as a panel to discuss the murder of Lt. Richard Collins III on the University of Maryland Campus and the controversy surrounding the University’s response. This year the conference is fortunate to have an alumni keynote presentation by Dr. Jacob Bustad, PCS alumnus and assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health Professions at Towson University.

This year, the conference will be organized around the theme, “Confronting the Crisis: Harnessing Praxis and Combatting Complacency.” In this eleventh year of the conference, it is clear that scholars in many disciplines are recognizing the need to expand their research beyond the confines of Higher Education. The Physical Cultural Studies project at the University of Maryland acknowledges the need to develop and strategically disseminate potentially empowering forms of knowledge, and seeks to illuminate, and hopefully intervene into, sites of injustice and inequity. As members of a School of Public Health, translation in this context is an important tool that enables scholars to present their work to a public audience, yet the divide between the academy and the public seemingly grows every day.

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“Confronting the Crisis”: The 11th Annual Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference

Esmonde Scoops a Wylie!

PCSer Katie Esmonde has been awarded a prestigious Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship for a semester during the 2018-2019 academic year.  The Wylie Fellowship is designed to support students in the latter stages of writing their dissertations, and carries a $15,000 stipend, a candidacy tuition award, and  credit for mandatory fees for one semester.

Katie’s successful application was based on here dissertation research, and was titled ““Critically Contextualizing the Quantified Self.”

Heartiest congratulations to Katie!

Esmonde Scoops a Wylie!

Esmonde takes on the Penguins (and Trump)

PCSer (and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellow) Katie Esmonde provides an insightful critique of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins decision–justified in the name of political neutrality–to accept Donald Trump’s invitation to visit the White House to mark their Stanley Cup victory.  Here piece, written for Pension Plan Puppets on SB Nation, can be accessed here: The Penguins Stand With Trump.

Esmonde takes on the Penguins (and Trump)

The Classed Embodiment of the English Garden City: Clevenger in History Workshop

PCSer Sam Clevenger’s work recently appeared on History Workshop Online (HWO), which is the online magazine of the History Workshop Journal.

Sam’s contribution, titled “Working Class Bodies in English Garden Cities” develops from a chapter of his dissertation, and can be accessed here: Working class bodies in English garden cities.

 

The Classed Embodiment of the English Garden City: Clevenger in History Workshop

Clevenger makes his mark in Rethinking History

PCSer Sam Clevenger recently had an article, titled “Sport history, modernity and the logic of coloniality: a case for decoloniality”, published in the journal Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice.

The abstract to the article is as follows:

This essay argues that the predominant narratives within sport history have remained problematically wedded to assumptions and concepts of Western capitalist modernity. As a result, such sport historiography reinforces modernity’s epistemology as the universal system of knowledge in modern world sporting history by relying on modern sport as a primary category of analysis. By relying on categories and assumptions of Western [sporting] modernity within their historical narratives, such sport histories stymie the possibility of giving historical and poetic representation to non-Western and pre-modern modes of knowledge. While sport historiography has benefitted from deconstructionist histories and postcolonial theories, there remains a need to further problematize sport as the field’s predominant means of representing physical cultural pasts. In order to aid the deconstruction of the universalizing epistemology of Western sporting modernity, the essay introduces and discusses some of the prominent works in decoloniality, particularly those by Anibal Quijano, Maria Lugones and Walter Mignolo. A sport history field informed by decolonial thinking offers the potential consideration of alternative decolonized avenues of historical representation, helping sport historians explore the possibilities in writing deconstructionist and epistemologically-decolonized histories of physical culture.

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Click HERE for direct access to the article.

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Clevenger makes his mark in Rethinking History

Accessing Live Feeds of the 10th Annual PCS Graduate Student Conference, Friday April 28th

You are cordially invited to access the online live feed of the 10th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Friday April 28th, 2017, held at the School of Public Health Building on the University of Maryland College Park campus (see below for online access details).

This one-day conference consists of a series of student presentations commenced with a keynote by Dr. Michael Friedman, PCS alumnus and current Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at UMD and a very special PCS address by Dr. Lucia Trimbur, Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the City University of New York graduate center.

This year, the conference is organized around the theme, “Redefining the Body in Physical Culture.” In the ten years since the conference’s inception at the University of Maryland, the project of Physical Cultural Studies has expanded its scope of research beyond the physical corpus. Increasingly, researchers have shifted their focus to the spaces/places that bodies inhabit, the impact of technologies on health and body, the effects of non-human agents in physical culture, as well as other topics that extend agency to non-humans. This work, as well as calls from within PCS to move beyond anthropocentrism, have led to questions of what the “physical” is in the critical study of physical culture.

Topic: 10th Annual Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference
Host: Eric Stone
Date and Time:
Friday, April 28, 2017 9:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Event number: 738 940 887
Event password: p3ppVPMk

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2. Click “Join Now”.

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Access code: 738 940 887

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Accessing Live Feeds of the 10th Annual PCS Graduate Student Conference, Friday April 28th