Research Events

Upcoming events listed here include research group events from the three SaSM REGs (Research and Enterprise Groups) Tourism, Hospitality and Events (THE), Sport and Leisure Cultures (SLC), Sport and Exercise Science and Medicines (SES)

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Date Event details
22 October 2018 6 PM H129, Hillbrow, Eastbourne Campus Prof Yannis Pitsiladis will be doing a keynote lecture on Peak Performance without Doping: Fact or Fiction?
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23 October 2018 5-7 PM G41, Hillbrow, Eastbourne Campus Dr. Thomas Carter (Brighton) “Steps: On Running and Becoming Human”
How does the simple act of running make us human? Running is a form of enskilled movement that generates the human mind through perceptual learning. Drawing on my recently published book, On Running and Becoming Human, this talk takes a tentative step or two further along examining the nature of the human mind from a neuroanthropological perspective. Positing the brain itself is a cultural organ, how we perceive and create our environs is determined very much by the material capacities of our bodily sensory systems and the subsequent ways in which we move in those environs. Thus, this talk synthesizes developments in anthropology, neuroscience, and the philosophy of mind to create a specific model for thinking about embodiment and being in the world.Dr Thomas Carter is Director of Football4Peace International and anthropologist at the University of Brighton whose work focuses on what it means to be human and the various ways in which we move makes us so. Aside from numerous academic journal articles and book chapters, he is the author of 4 books, The Quality of Home Runs: The Passion, Politics, and Language of Cuban Baseball, In Foreign Fields: The Politics and Experiences of Transnational Sport Migration, The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, and Biopolitics, and On Running and Becoming Human: An Anthropological Perspective Reserve your free place by emailing Dorthe Green
24 October 2018 12:30-14:00 Aldro 127, Darley Road, Eastbourne Campus In Conversation with Serge Attukwei Clottey – Contemporary Artist and Activist on:
“When Contemporary Arts meets Tourism – challenges and opportunities of an art festival in the making”
Serge Attukwei Clottey (b. 1985) is known for work that examines the powerful agency of everyday objects. Working across installation, performance, photography and sculpture, Clottey explores personal and political narratives rooted in histories of trade and migration. Based in Accra and working internationally, Clottey refers to his work as “Afrogallonism”, a concept that confronts the question of material culture through the utilization of yellow gallon containers. In his most recent series of wall pieces, he utilizes flattened Kuffuor gallon, jute sacks, discarded car tyres and wood pieces to form abstract formations onto which he inscribes patterns and text. In doing so, the artist elevates the material into a powerful symbol of Ghana’s informal economic system of trade and re-use.
While some surfaces resemble local textile traditions such as ‘Kente’, a key reference in west African Modernism throughout the 20th century, others refer to barcodes and feature Chinese characters in reference to the emergence of new power structures in Ghana. In Clottey’s drawings (Sex and Politics Series, 2016 – ongoing) the artist explores a formalist approach, depicting disjointed figures and faces, not unlike the visions of nude women under Cubism, a European movement which drew heavily from traditional African tribal sculpture. At the centre of Clottey’s engaged dialogue with Ghana’s cultural history is the notion of performance as a daily activity. Through his notable work, My Mother’s Wardrobe, presented at Gallery 1957, Clottey used performance to explore traditional gender roles along with notions of family, ancestry and spirituality. In a personal work inspired by the aftermath of the death of his mother, the artist staged a performance exploring the concept of material possessions honouring women as the collectors and custodians of cloth that serves as signifiers of history and memory. Clottey’s work sits at the intersection of making and action, drawing heavily on the artist’s immediate and ever-changing environment.
In his recent exhibition “360 La”, Clottey opened the doors of his studio to allow people in the La Township to engage with his arts. For this exhibition the artist involves the community as a collaborator in the production of his art works, which explore how the past customary ways of life can be engaged to create solutions to be used in confronting issues of the present, such as environmental protection, and re-purposing/recycling that can go further to shape the future of the township where he comes from.
Following his recent open studio event, Clottey is exploring the possibility of developing a art fringe festival in La Township and this event is aimed at sharing knowledge about good practices in festival, events and tourism development and management.Reserve your free place by emailing Dorthe Green Get ready to explore your chance to get involved!
Bring your own lunch, we will bring the teas/ coffee and cake!
8 November 2018 5-7 PM, Hillbrow H113 Scott Brooks (Arizona State University) “Getting in the Game: the Middle Status Experience”
On competitive youth sports teams, playing time is a big issue and can be the pivotal reason why kids continue or stop participating in team sports. It is common to lump players into three categories: star, role and bench players. These categories are helpful in describing the playing time one receives. However, they tell us nothing about how kids feel about their opportunities: whether they believe that their opportunities fit with their self-assessment, as well as their assessment of teammates. This is important – many feel wronged and mistreated when they believe there’s a mismatch between the playing time and freedom they feel they deserve and what they receive. Social psychologists call this status disagreement. Middle status players (MSPs) aren’t the best or the worst players on the team, their playing time is not the most or the least, and who feel vulnerable, stuck, highly scrutinized, under-appreciated, and under-valued. I call them. Motivated by status disagreement and self-identity, MSPs campaign, question, and often seek to improve their status. They are underidentified and understudied in small group research, which primarily theorizes high status persons and experiences and lower status persons or “the rest.” This talk focuses on the middle status experience and circumstances from multiple angles – the player, the coach, and the parents – using cases from a multiyear ethnographic study of youth sports.Dr. Scott Brooks is the Director of Research at the Global Sport Institute and a sociologist who studies the athlete experience. He has consulted for the NFL, NCAA, MLB, college and high school coaches and athletes. Dr. Brooks has published in academic journals, edited volumes, and textbooks; been quoted and reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Der Speigel, and SLAM magazine; and been invited to speak on the topic of sport internationally. Furthermore, he is a senior fellow at the Wharton Sports Business Initiative and Yale Urban Ethnography Project. His book, Black Men Can’t Shoot (University of Chicago, 2009), tells the importance of exposure, networks, and opportunities young men strategically accumulate to earn an athletic scholarship – it is more than their natural ability. Dr. Brooks closely followed two young Black men in South Philadelphia through their high school basketball experiences and documented how they ascended the ranks –getting known – and navigated Philadelphia’s basketball world. He is currently working on two books: one that investigates athletes’ playing time, and another that studies coaching methods. Reserve your free place by emailing Dorthe Green .
20 November 2018 5-7 PM, G41, Hillbrow, Eastbourne Campus Prof. Janet O’Shea (UCLA) “Risk, Failure, Play: Sport Beyond the Demands of Competition”
In this seminar, I will introduce the central tenet of my most recent research: that play gives us techniques for managing difficult realities with intelligence. In the case of martial arts, the reality we contend with is human violence. Thinking about play as a method for grappling with contentious realities allows us to move beyond the parameters of competition and to understand sport as arena in which participants can experience mastery, manage risk, confront their own vulnerability and that of others, and negotiate failure. Doing so can teach us to become more engaged and more sociable members of our communities.
Janet O’Shea is author of Risk, Failure, Play: What Dance Reveals about Martial Arts Training (2018, Oxford University Press) and At Home in the World: Bharata Natyam on the Global Stage (2007, Wesleyan University Press). Recipient of a UCLA Transdisciplinary Seed Grant to study the cognitive benefits of Filipino Martial Arts training, she gave a TEDx Talk on competitive play and has offered keynote presentations at the Martial Arts Studies conference and Dance/Performance in Interdisciplinary Perspective Symposium. She is professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. Reserve your free place by emailing Dorthe Green