Sport and the Celebrity Culture
an age given over so manifestly to celebrity culture the place of sports stars
as global social phenomena can reveal broader social trends and cultural
acknowledgement of this the University of Leicester Centre for Research into
Sport and Society is hosting the British Sociological Association Sociology of
Sport Study Group one-day seminar on 7 February 2003, entitled Sporting
Icons: Media, Celebrity and Popular Culture.
in proceedings is David Beckham and Manchester United, taking him as a role
model for sessions on Celebrity and
Vortextuality in Media Sport, Celebrity,
Masculinity and the Soccerati, and Father,
Lover, Icon, Hero.
whose work is represented at the conference are leading figures in their own
include Chris Rojek, Professor of Sociology and Culture and Deputy Director of
the Theory, Culture and Society Centre at Nottingham Trent University; Garry
Whannel, Professor of Media Cultures in the Department of Media Arts at the
University of Luton and Director of the Centre for International Media Analysis;
Ellis Cashmore, Professor of Culture, Media and Sport at Staffordshire
University; Andrew Parker, Director of the Warwick Centre for the Study of Sport
in Society; and Eileen Kennedy, senior lecturer and researcher at the Centre for
Cultural Research in Sport at Roehampton University of Surrey.
Whannel and Cashmore have all recently written books on the role of celebrities
in modern life – Cashmore’s being on Beckham himself.
organiser Dominic Malcolm, a researcher in the Centre for Research into Sport
and Society commented:
“I believe the conference will facilitate discussion to help us
understand how celebrities are ‘manufactured’ in modern Britain and what the
media images portrayed can tell us about broader social trends.
are we so obsessed with the lives of the rich and famous and why, increasingly,
are we obsessed with rich and famous sporting icons? Are
Posh and Becks the new Charles and Diana?
What does the popularity of Footballers’
its second series this week, tell us about our ‘real life’ fascination with
seminar entitled Sporting Icons: Media,
Celebrity and Popular Culture takes place at the University of Leicester on
Friday 7 February 2003, beginning at 9.45 am. The
morning session will be on Understanding
Celebrity and the afternoon session will look at Celebrity in Focus.
details are available from Mary Needham, Centre for Research into Sport and
Society, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7QR, telephone 0116 252 5939,
facsimile 0116 252 5720, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the seminar please contact Dominic Malcolm,
Centre for Research into Sport and Society, University of Leicester, telephone
0116 252 5933, facsimile 0116 252 5720, email email@example.com
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