Media Sport Podcast Series

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Focusing on the intersections between sport and media, the Media Sport Podcast Series features interviews with leading international researchers about urgent social, cultural, economic and political issues.

– Available through Apple iTunes, Soundcloud and Podbean

1. Welcome to the Media Sport Podcast Series: A Brief Introduction.

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2. Mobile Journalism, Google Glass and Bio-Ethics.

Professor Andy Miah from the Creative Futures Institute. Andy joins me via Skype from Nanjing in China to speak about Google Glass, the Youth Olympics, bio-ethics, mobile media, and drones (20 August 2014).

3. The Commonwealth Games and Mega-Events.

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Professor Raymond Boyle from the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow. Speaking via Skype, Raymond and I discuss the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the relationship between the Games and the Scottish independence referendum, the use of smartphones and social media in the conduct of major sports events, and copyright and football (19 September 2014).

4. Locative Media and Apps.

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Rowan Wilken from the Swinburne Institute for Social Research talks about the significance of locative media, the evolution of Foursquare, A-League football, and the growing importance of mobile apps in sports media practices and consumption (20 October 2014).

5. The Quantified Self and Self-Tracking.

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Professor Deborah Lupton from the News and Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra discusses the rise of the quantified self movement, self-tracking cultures, physical education in schools, the body, surveillance and big data (19 November 2014).

6. Action Sports Cultures and Mobilities.

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Holly Thorpe from the Department of Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Waikato in New Zealand talks about action sports, mobilities, the transnational imaginary, digital commemoration, GoPros , YouTube, parkour on the Gaza Strip, and Red Bull space jumps! (12 December 2014)

7. A Special Episode of the Media Sport Podcast Series – Lawrence Wenner.

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An hour-long discussion with a distinguished figure in sports media and communication research. Larry Wenner discusses the history of the field, sports dirtGeorge Gerbnerfallen heroes, gendered inequality, and the enduring value of critical analysis. (8 March 2015)

8. Critiquing the NFL, Sports Video Games and Neo-Liberalism.

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Thomas Oates from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa discusses the NFL, the Super Bowl, mythic spectacle, sports video games, gender and neo-liberalism. Also listen in for why the O’Bannon vs the NCAA legal dispute matters for US college sports and the video game industry. (23 March 2015)

9. Sports Journalism and Media in Germany.

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Thomas Horky from Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg talks about sports journalism, the International Press Sports Survey, and social media and the news. We also cover the FIFA World Cup, the Bundesliga & the media machine surrounding Ronaldo. (6 April 2015)

10. Twitter, Social Media, Netball and the Asian Cup.

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In this episode we hear from a new voice in media sport research. Speaking via Skype, Portia Vann from the Social Media Research Group at the Queensland University of Technology discusses Twitter, the 2015 Asian Cup, and netball in Australia and New Zealand. We also chat about social media teams for major events, multilingual social networking, and software-assisted analysis. (1 May 2015)

11. Mobile Media, Asian Media Cultures, Gaming and Disability.

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Two leading international figures in mobile media and communications studies, Gerard Goggin and Larissa Hjorth, discuss the state of the field, Asian media cultures, mobile gaming and e-sports. Discussion also turns to disabilitythe Paralympics and Oscar Pistorius. (30 May 2015)

12. Sport, Journalism and Social Media in China.

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In this episode we hear from another new voice in media sport research. PhD researcher and professional sports journalist, Norman Li, speaks about the state of sports media, journalism and social media in China. We also cover the FIFA Women’s World Cup , the Chinese newspaper market, nationalism, and the Asian Games. (17 July 2015)

13. Mediatisation and Sport in Denmark and Scandanavia.

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Kirsten Frandsen from the Department of Media and Journalism Studies at Aarhus University discusses media and sport in Denmark and Scandinavia. Topics covered include the study of mediatisation, public service media, and the challenges of conducting bilingual research. (2 September 2015)

14. Football, Accelerated Culture and Politics.

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Steve Redhead from Charles Sturt University joins me to discuss his latest book, Football and Accelerated Culture: This Modern Sporting Life (Routledge). In a wide-ranging chat, we speak about his career, the politics of popular culture, the post-GFC cultural condition, football hooliganism, and the rise of physical cultural studies. (2 October 2015)


15. Sport History in the Digital Era.

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Sport historians Murray Phillips and Gary Osmond from the University of Queensland join me for the final episode of 2015. Our three-way chat traverses their new book, Sport History in the Digital Era, the impact of the digital humanities, the changing character of teaching, Wikipedia, and the uses of geo-mapping software. (12 December 2015)

16. Brazilian Football, Hyper-Commodification and Digital Media.

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Speaking via Skype from Recife in Brazil, Ana Vimieiro (anavimieiro.com/) discusses far-reaching transformations in Brazilian professional football and fan media practices. Issues covered include the 2014 FIFA World Cup, politics, television coverage, female fandom , and the excitement of Inferno Alvinegro! (5 February 2016)

17. A Special Episode of the Media Sport Podcast Series – David Rowe.

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This episode presents a special hour-long chat with one of the world’s preeminent figures in the study of sport and media. In a wide-ranging discussion, David Rowe offers his insights into the state-of-the-field , his intellectual development during the Thatcher era, Cohen’s Folk Devils and Moral Panics, the sociology of sport, technophilia, and the continuing significance of the media sport cultural complex. (27 February 2016)

18. Mobile Phone Networks, Betting and Cricket in India.

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Colin Agur (@colinagur) from Yale University speaks via Skype about the relationship between mobile phones, second order networks, gambling and cricket in India. We also discuss the unanticipated outcomes of mobile network development, The Great Indian Phone Book, and the Delhi rape case. (2 April 2016)

19. The Paralympics, Critical Disability Studies and the Body.

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Canadian researcher, activist and athlete Danielle Peers speaks via Skype about the Paralympics, disability sport, critical disability studies, and crip and queer theory. In a discussion that ranges far and wide, we speak about ableism, art, and the politics of Paralympic disability classification systems. (16 May 2016)

20. Television, Media Markets and Sport in Europe.

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As the UEFA Euro 2016 football championships take place, Tom Evens from Ghent University in Belgium outlines the economic power of television and the effects of market liberalisation across Europe. He also shares his insights about the weakening of the public service television sector, informal media economies , and the unique features of Belgian media. (30 June 2016)

21. Olympic Media and Rio 2016.

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Recorded in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, this episode features a discussion with leading sport communication and Olympic media scholar, Andy Billings, from the University of Alabama. He shares his insights on the power of the Olympic Games as a television and media event, and its intersections with nationalism and race. We also discuss the relationship between sport and social change, and the growth of the fantasy sport industry in the US. (1 August 2016)

22. Drones, Sensors and Life in the Digital Enclosure.

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In a wide-ranging discussion, leading digital media scholar and keen surfer, Mark Andrejevic, 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. (21 September 2016)

23. The Rise and Significance of eSports.

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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), fandom, and the rise of live streaming. We also discuss the history of eSports and their complicated relationship with other types of sporting competition. (30 October 2016)

24. The Changing Social Media Landscape and Youth Sports.

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In the final episode of 2016, Jimmy Sanderson (@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. (30 November 2016)

25. Women, Gender and Sport in Japan

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. (19 March 2017)

26. Globalising Sport Studies, Sociology and Olympic Legacies.

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 reflection on the importance of disappointment in sport. (9 May 2017)

27. Female Sport Fans and Transnational Feminism.

This episode 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. (18 July 2017)

28. Sport, the Environment and Greenwashing.

This episode 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. (6 October 2017)

29. Race, Class, Activism and Cultural Studies.

The latest episode 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’. (25 January 2018)

30. The Winter Olympics, Korean Nationalism and Sport in East Asia.

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. (24 May 2018)

31. Female Fighters, Combat Sports, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

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.

32. Roller Derby, Feminism and Affect

Adele Pavlidis from Griffith University in Brisbane discusses roller derby and why it matters as a site for both feminist politics and the politics of sport. In a discussion that travels from Australia to China, Lebanon and then back again, we also discuss the body, affect, and the significance of women’s contact sports.