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Everyday ‘Englishness’: Sport, Leisure & the Postcolonial Nation

A BSA Postgraduate Forum Event

25 March 2022 (11:00-17:00pm)
Bournemouth University (EB306, BU Executive Business Centre, 89 Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB)

About the Event

We are living through a period of increased communal ethnic nationalism, which establishes 'Englishness’ as racially, ethnically and religiously homogeneous.

This event brings together researchers from divergent strands of sociology to critically engage with the interconnections between nationhood, postcolonialism, and sport and leisure. Three panel discussions and a poster presentation session will advance our understanding on the interplay of Whiteness, nationhood and postcolonialism in everyday life.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Megan Tinsley, University of Manchester
Dr Tinsley will be speaking about imperial nostalgia and the coloniality of civic nationalism, as well as nationalist constructions of everyday 'Englishness'. You can find a detailed biography, and see recent publications here.

Dr Daniel Burdsey, University of Brighton
Dr Burdsey will be speaking about spatial and sonic experience of nationhood, paying particular attention to its connection to Empire, de/coloniality, racialised identities and anti-racist resistance. You can find a detailed biography, and see recent publications here.

PGR Panels

Normalising Nationalism (12:00-12:45) - Extreme interpretations of nationhood, as well as far-right, pseudo-authoritarian sentiment has become increasingly mainstream. This panel explores the normalising of ‘Englishness’ as an ‘exclusive’ identity’ to frame why it is so important that academics appropriately acknowledge imperial and colonial legacies.
Speakers: Adam Stokes, Katy Brown, Giulia Levi & Tabitha Baker

Everyday Imperialism (13:15-14:00) - The narratives of nationhood dictate who ‘belongs’ and are constantly (re)enforced in the ordinary experiences of day-to-day life. This panel will consider how these narratives were constructed by imperialism, in turn effecting the contemporary lived experience of minority groups, before exploring how we come to ‘learn’ what ‘Englishness’ means.
Speakers: Simina Dragos, Amina Shareef & Taylor Hughson

Why Sport & Leisure Matters (14:15-15:00) - Sport and Leisure imbibes nationalist rhetoric into everyday life. It serves as an important site for the articulation and contestation of belonging and identity. This panel will explore the cultural significance of sport and leisure in the (re)production, embodiment, and creation of ‘Englishness’.
Speakers: Edward Loveman, Sian Allpress & Amir Massoumian

Call for PGR Poster Presentations

All PGR students in attendance are invited to submit posters (and associated abstracts) for a poster and networking session. This session offers the opportunity to share research in a supportive environment and stimulate one-on-one discussions next to the poster. We welcome submissions related, but not limited, to the following themes:

  • Sport, Leisure and Recreation (including physical education)
  • Postcolonial & Decolonial Transformations
  • Art & Music
  • Race, Ethnicity & Migration
  • Class
  • Religion
  • Gender and Feminism 
  • Disability

We ask those submitting posters, to consider how their research may speak to one or more of the events key topics; Normalising Nationalism, Everyday Imperialism, and Why Sport Matters. Please include this as a discussion point on the poster. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Monday, 14 February 2022. This should be emailed to Edward Loveman and include the following:

a. Contact information
b. A 25-50 biography
c. Title of poster presentation
d. A 50-100 word abstract of your poster presentation
e. 2-5 keywords describing your poster presentation

The deadline for submitting the completed poster is Friday, 11 March 2022, to allow time for printing. Final posters must be submitted in PDF formats.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for poster abstracts: 14 February 2022
  • Full programme announcement: 18 February 2022
  • Deadline for Poster submission: 11 March 2022


  • BSA Member: £5
  • Non-Member: £15

Lunch and refreshments included throughout the day.

This event is hosted at Bournemouth University and is being convened by Edward Loveman from the Department of Sport & Event Management. For more information, please email Edward Loveman.