• 2013 ASSH Book Award Winners

    2 July 2013
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    Congratulations to Charlotte MacDonald (University of Victoria Wellington) and Murray Phillips (University of Queensland) whose books have won this year’s ASSH awards.

    Charlotte’s Strong, Beautiful and Modern: National Fitness in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, 1935-1960 (Bridget Williams Books) is the winner of the ASSH Book Award. The judges described Strong, Beautiful and Modern as a well-researched and theoretically informed social history of physicality and government policy in the “white” British empire in the mid-twentieth century.

    Murray’s Representing the Sporting Past in Museums and Halls of Fame (Routledge), is the winner of the ASSH Anthology Award. The judges called Representing the Sporting Past in Museums and Halls of Fame a valuable addition to the emerging theme of sporting representations in public history and heritage.

    The Society highly recommends both books to historians interested in the social and cultural history of sport.

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  • Introducing H-SPORT LISTSERVE

    2 November 2012
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    Dear ASSH Members,
    Please allow me to introduce H-Sport. H-Sport is an academic listserve for the interdisciplinary field of sport studies. H-Sport enables scholars around the world who are engaged in the historical, socio-cultural, and philosophical study of sport, physical education, and physical activity to discuss research and teaching interests, conferences and symposia, current issues, sources of funding, publishing, new data and collections, and other areas of interest to scholars. In addition, the H-Sport also publishes Conference Reports from smaller, thematic sport conferences as well as a Journal Watch, a bibliography of sport articles published in journals (both sport and non-sport) from the previous quarter.

    H-Sport is part of a larger humanities and social sciences network called H-Net. One of the benefits of being part of H-Net is that announcements can be submitted to the wider H-Net community,  which includes over 100,000 people from more than 90 countries on 100+ lists that are part of H-Net.

    We hope if you are not already a member of H-Sport that you will subscribe to the list. You can subscribe to H-Sport by going here:

    If you are concerned with receiving too many emails, please note that individual subscriptions to H-Sport can be set to receive one email per day with all of that day’s messages.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at H-Sport@H-NET.MSU.EDU

    Heather Dichter
    ISHPES Council Member and Webmaster

  • Tom Brock Scholarship 2012: Call for Applications

    7 October 2011
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    The Tom Brock Bequest Committee was established by the Australian Society for Sports History to promote research and writing on the history of Rugby League, with a major focus on the South Sydney district. One of the Committee’s functions is the award of an annual scholarship intended to assist early career researchers.

    The scholarship will be awarded to assist in the completion of a relevant project in the field of history or a related humanities or social science discipline, preferably related to:

    • The social history of rugby league in Australia, OR
    • The history of the relationship of rugby league to other sports in Australia

    For more information and details on how to apply, please click here. The closing date for applications is 4 November 2011.

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  • President’s Memo 5 September 2011

    7 September 2011
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    Please click here to read the President’s Memo.

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  • Tom Brock Scholar 2010

    7 December 2010
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    The Tom Brock Bequest Committee is delighted to announce that Dr Mark Falcous from the University of Otago will be the 2010 Tom Brock Scholar. Mark’s project is entitled “Policies and People in the Marginalization of Rugby League in Aotearoa New Zealand 1908-1995” and will examine available primary data to identify the socio-historical contexts of rugby league in New Zealand.

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  • ASSH@AHA 2010 – Programme

    7 May 2010
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    In July 2010, ASSH will host a stream of papers showcasing research in sports history at the Australian Historical Association Conference in Perth. Marie-Louise McDermott coordinates the stream for ASSH and encourages ASSH Members to attend.

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  • New ASSH Bulletin Editor

    7 January 2010
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    We are delighted to announce that Rachel Winterton (LaTrobe University) has agreed to serve as the new Editor of the ASSH Bulletin. Rachel’s first issue will be the delayed February 2010 Bulletin, and is currently seeking short articles, book reviews, announcements and other information from ASSH members for inclusion. Please send your submissions directly to Rachel at r.winterton@latrobe.edu.au.

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  • ASSH Awards 2009

    7 December 2009
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    The ASSH Sub-Committee for Awards and Honours were pleased to make the following awards at the 2009 Sporting Traditions Conference in Wellington, New Zealand:

    ASSH Fellow: Bill Murray for his sustained contribution to the history of sport.

    ASSH Service Award: Braham Dabscheck for his sustained contribution to ASSH.

    ASSH Book Award: This year, two awards were made:

    • Andrew Lemon (2008) The History of Australian Thoroughbred Racing: In Our Time, 1939 – 2007. South Yarra, Vic: Hardie Grant Books
    • Rob Hess, Matthew Nicholson, Bob Stewart & Gregory De Moore (2008) A National Game: The History of Australian Rules Football. Melbourne: Penguin.
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  • ASSH AGM and Election 2009

    3 July 2009
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    The ASSH AGM was held on Thursday, 2 July 2009 during the Sporting Traditions Conference in Wellington, New Zealand.

    The newly elected ASSH Executive is:

    President: Tara Magdalinski
    Secretary: Claire Parker
    Treasurer: Matthew Klugman
    General Members: Murray Phillips
    Doug Booth
    Gary Osmond
    Appointed Director (Postgraduate): Geoff Kohe

    We are still seeking nominations for the position of Publications Officer. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Tara Magdalinski.

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  • Sporting Traditions 2003 Conference Photos

    2 November 2003
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    Here they are! The much anticipated visual record of the recent Sporting Traditions Conference. Click on each image to see a larger version.

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