Doing Sport History in the Digital Present

Doing Sport History in the Digital Present

May 25 – 26, 2016

Stephen C. Hall Building Room 102,

Georgia Institute of Technology

215 Bobby Dodd Way

Directions to Stephen C. Hall



Pre-Conference Schedule

Technological advances over the past few decades have not only witnessed the rise of web-based design and interactive new media platforms, but have also fueled the development of the digital humanities and digital history. Additionally, there is a growing interest among sport scholars in using techniques of digital history, and in discussing the promise and limitations of these approaches. This workshop features a diverse group of scholars interested in extending these conversations, especially in relationship to the historical study of sport and related realms including recreation, games, physical activity, and the moving body.

The “Doing Sport History in the Digital Present” Workshop is sponsored by the North American Society for Sport History and the Sports, Society, and Technology program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This workshop is free and open to the public.

More information including schedule of presentations will be forthcoming.
Questions? Contact Dr. Mary McDonald (

Colloquim Organizers

Mary G. McDonald, Georgia Institute of Technology

Jennifer Sterling, Georgia Institute of Technology

Murray Phillips, University of Queensland


Wednesday May 25, 2016

10:45-11:00 am Welcome to Audience from Workshop Organizers

  • Jennifer Sterling and Mary McDonald Georgia Institute of Technology,
  • Murray Phillips, University of Queensland


11:00-12:00 noon Georgia Tech and Emory Faculty Panel: The Limits and Possibilities of Digital Scholarship

  • Nassim JafariNaimi, Asst. Professor & Director, Design and Social Interaction Studio
  • Lauren Klein, Asst. Professor & Director, Digital Humanities Lab
  • Alan G. Pike, Digital Scholarship Training Coordinator, Emory University
  • Jennifer Sterling, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sports, Society, and Technology Program


12:00-1:30 pm Lunch


1:30-3:00 pm Doing Digital Sport History: Techniques, Embodiment, and Memory

  • Mining Mind and Body: Approaches and Considerations for Using Data Mining to Identify Discourses in Digitized Publications

Amanda Regan, George Mason University

  • The Passionate, Pathologized Bodies of Sports Fans – Digital Entry Points into the Strange, Intense Embodied Emotional Cultures that Developed Around Modern Spectator Sports

Matthew Klugman, Victoria University

  • Tweet Out? Twitter, Archived Data and the Social Memory of Out LGBT Athletes

Gary Osmond, University of Queensland


3:00-3:15 pm Break


3:15-4:45 pm New Media Meets Digital Sport History: Blogging, Twitter and Hastags

  • New Media, Old Methods: Archiving and Close Reading the Sports Blog

Noah Cohan, Washington University

  • The Transformative Power of Blogging: Rethinking Scholarship and Reshaping Boundaries at Sport in American History

Andrew McGregor, Purdue University

  • Transdisciplinarity and the Study of Sport in the Digital Age

Andrew D. Linden and Lindsay Parks Pieper, Adrian College and Lynchburg College


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Stephen C. Hall Building, Room 102 Georgia Institute of Technology


8:45-9:15 am Coffee and Rolls


9:15-10:45 am Digital Sport History: Tensions, Paradoxes, and Limitations

  • Revisiting “Ghosts of the Garden:” Sport History, Modernizing Technology, and the Perils of Post-Textuality

Ari de Wilde, Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Thinking Value in the Culture of Moving Dots: Numbers, Morals, Beauty, and Politics in Basketball History

Yago Colás, The University of Michigan

  • An Eco-critical Approach to Doing Sport History in the Digital Present

Dain TePoel, University of Iowa


10:45-11:00 am Break


11:00-12:15 pm Digital Sport History: Some Epistemological Issues Around Forms and Contents

  • Towards a Praxis of Digital Sport History

Jennifer Guiliano, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

  • Towards an Alternative to the Virtual Museum Concept: A Proposal for an Open Access Digital Triathlon Archive and Interactive Case Study Platform

Jane E. Hunt, Bond University


12:15-1:45 pm Lunch


1:45-3:15 pm Platforms, Mapping and Politics

  • Omeka and ¡Animales!: Appropriating a Web-Publishing Platform for Personal Research on Argentine Soccer

Rwany Sibaja, Appalachian State University

  • Mapping the Past: A Geography of Racetracks

Jonathan Silverman, UMass Lowell

  • Mapping Politics into the Stadium: Political Demonstrations and Soccer Culture in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1973-1974

Jennifer L. Schaefer, Emory University


3:15-3:30 pm Break


3:30-4:15 pm Tie up Workshop and Concluding remarks by Workshop Organizers