Batts Maddox to Miami, OH

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PCS alum Dr. Callie Batts Maddox has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies of Sport at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She will be working with the Sport Leadership and Management program within the Department of Kinesiology & Health. As part of her duties, Callie will teach undergraduate and graduate classes in social theories of sport and sport, power, and inequality. She will also contribute to the development of new course offerings and study abroad programs. Building on her interests in globalization and emerging sporting cultures, she plans to conduct research on baseball development in Uganda and the growth of global yoga tourism (amongst other things!). Joining Callie in Oxford will be her husband Charlie, daughter Beatrix, and their two street dogs from India, all of whom are excited to romp in the snow and eat Cincinnati chili.

Batts Maddox to Miami, OH

Rick to Springfield!

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Following a one year appointment, Oliver Rick (a 2014 graduate from the Physical Cultural Studies program at the University of Maryland) has been awarded a full time tenure track position with Springfield College at the rank of Assistant Professor. Oliver is now a faculty member in the Sport Management and Recreation Department within the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

Springfield College is a small teaching focused school in Western Massachusetts. The college is attended by a tight knit student body of only 3,000, however originally as the YMCA Training School and as the birthplace of basketball, it is a celebrated academic institution in the region. In particular it boasts a significant history in the study of sport, exercise, recreation, and health that informs a high level of research and scholarly innovation from current faculty members and graduate students.

Oliver looks to add to the Springfield tradition as he builds on an already impressive research and teaching record. Using Springfield as a base to expand his academic endeavors and explore exciting new spaces for the presentation of his work, Oliver continues with research projects that span across issues in sport, recreation, and active mobilities.

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Yes, for those of you old enough, the title of this news story was an attempt at an 80s joke.

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Rick to Springfield!

Clevenger Awarded Whitlark

Sam Clevenger, a fourth year doctoral student in the PCS research program, was recently awarded a Whitlark Fellowship for 2016-2017. This is an endowed fellowship within the Department of Kinesiology to support international research and scholarly efforts for graduate students.

Sam will conduct research at multiple archives throughout the United Kingdom during summer 2016, as part of his dissertation project on the embodied environmental history of the international Garden Cities movement.

Clevenger Awarded Whitlark

Achieving Interconnected Praxis: Oliver Rick’s address at the 2016 PCS Graduate Student Conference

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This past Friday, March 4th, we in the Physical Cultural Studies research group hosted our ninth annual Graduate Student Conference at the School of Public Health Building on the University of Maryland, College Park campus.  Along with numerous fascinating student presentations on a myriad of topics related to the critical study of sport, physical culture and public health, we were fortunate to also host two keynote addresses by both Dr. Oliver Rick of Springfield College and the esteemed Dr. David Zang of Towson University.

Dr. Rick, a recent graduate of the PCS program, spoke on the crucial topic of the role of praxis in Physical Cultural Studies as an academic political project.  Praxis, Dr. Rick suggested, can and ultimately should be something interconnected with the theoretical and methodological, leading to innovative, politicized, scholarship in which the underlying theory emanates from, informs, and inherently intervenes into the political moment and the “materialities of lived experience”.

See the latest Corpus blog entry here for more information on Oliver’s address, including a full transcript.

Achieving Interconnected Praxis: Oliver Rick’s address at the 2016 PCS Graduate Student Conference

PCS contribution to the American Journal of Public Health

Congratulations to Shannon Jette and Julie Maier with the recent acceptance of their article “The potential of nature-based programming and exercise referrals for people with mental illness”, in the prestigious and influential American Journal of Public Health.  Online publication of the article is scheduled for mid-2016.

PCS contribution to the American Journal of Public Health

Call for Abstracts: The 9th Annual University of Maryland Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference

“ENGAGING HEALTH AND PHYSICAL CULTURE:

Power, Politics, and Possibilities”

Friday March 4, 2016

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Physical Cultural Studies (PCS) – housed within the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland – will host their 9th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Friday March 4th, 2016 at the School of Public Health Building on the College Park campus. This one-day conference will consist of a series of student presentations commenced with an alumni keynote address by Dr. Oliver Rick, PCS alumnus and current assistant professor of Sport Management and Recreation at Springfield College, and a PCS address by Dr. Dave Zang, professor of Kinesiology at Towson University. Dr. Rick’s work currently focuses on developing innovative theory to better engage with physical cultures in contemporary urban settings. In particular this includes a focus on the urban as assemblage, as well as affect theory and non-representational dimensions of interaction. Dr. Zang’s research has focused on sport history, sports literature, and history of popular culture.

This year, the conference will be organized around the theme, “Engaging Health and Physical Culture: Power, Politics, and Possibilities”.  Given the increasing focus on physical activity and culture as a means of health promotion– as well as our particular location in a School of Public Health — engagement with health practices, discourses, and possibilities, is vital. We seek to strengthen the critical scholarly connection between physical culture and health, utilizing this year’s conference to explore and examine the complex landscape of critical public health.

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Call for Abstracts: The 9th Annual University of Maryland Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference