This episode sees feminist media scholar, Jennifer McClearen, share her research insights into gender, mixed martial arts, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Our conversation outlines the complex intersections between fighting, skill, violence and the body, the UFC's operation as a transmedia sport empire, and the significance of Ronda Rousey’s celebrity. Other topics discussed include the function of branded difference, labour relations in the UFC, and the queering of loss by trans athletes.
Younghan Cho from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul reflects on the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang. We discuss relations between South and North Korea, the combined Olympic women’s ice hockey team that represented Korea, the role of sport in Korean history, and baseball. Younghan also outlines the importance of ‘inter-Asian emotions’ given that the 2018, 2020 and 2022 Games are hosted by cities across the East Asian region.
Episode 28 of the Media Sport Podcast Series features sports sociologist and cultural studies scholar, Ben Carrington. In a particularly rich conversation, we discuss race, class, Marx and the resurgence of activism in US sport. We also chat about the experience of living on both sides of the Atlantic, the legacy of Stuart Hall, and his must-read essay, 'Living the Crisis Through Ten Moments'.
Episode 27 of the Media Sport Podcast Series sees leading media and cultural studies scholar, Toby Miller, discuss his latest book, Greenwashing Sport. In explaining the relationship between sport and the environment, he highlights the ways in which professional sports are complicit in global environmental crises and climate change. Particular attention is paid to the examples of motor-racing, football and the Olympics, as well as environmental activism, the notion of a social licence to operate, and the catch-cry of sustainability.
Episode 26 of the Media Sport Podcast Series features feminist media and sociology scholar, Kim Toffoletti, discussing the crucial intersections between sport, transnational feminism and female fan practices. She also shares her insights on violence against women by sportsmen, differing notions of living a feminist life and the pride of throwing like a girl.
This episode features a leading international figure in the sociology of sport, John Horne. We discuss his efforts to globalise sport studies, football in East Asia, and the contested legacies of mega-events such as the London 2012 Olympics. Our chat finishes with a fascinating reflection on the importance of disappointment in sport.
The Series is back in 2017 with a fascinating discussion about the relationship between women, gender and sport in Japan. I am joined by Robin Kietlinski, the author of 'Japanese Women and Sport: Beyond Baseball and Sumo'. We discuss the history of women's sport, the challenges of linguistic and cultural translation, and the significance of the upcoming 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.
In the final episode of 2016, Jimmy Sanderson (@) from Arizona State University outlines the changing features of the social media landscape. We discuss the rise of Snapchat, Twitter and its discontents, and the pressing need to examine family communication in the context of sports. We also speak about the spectacle of the Little League World Series and what it says about the state of youth sports.
Speaking via Skype, leading games studies scholar, T.L. Taylor (@ybika) from MIT Game Lab, explains why eSports matter in terms of social inclusion (the AnyKey Initiative – www.anykey.org/), fandom, and the rise of live streaming. We also discuss the history of eSports and their complicated relationship with other types of sporting competition.
In a wide-ranging discussion, leading digital media scholar and keen surfer, Mark Andrejevic (@MarkAndrejevic), explains the logic of drones and their relationship to automation, sensors, data and power. We also discuss journalism, post-truth politics, the World Surf League and the appeal of surfing as a pastime.