World Sports History Research Center celebrates 25 years at DMU

A research center whose academic experts have brought the importance of the history of sport and its impact on society to a global audience celebrates its 25e birthday at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

The International Center for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) is responsible for publishing a myriad of books and journal articles covering all sports disciplines, from rugby, boxing and cycling to mega-events. sports like the World Cup and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A cohort of FIFA Masters in the locker room at King Power Stadium at LCFC …

Academics have delivered speeches at hundreds of conferences around the world, and the center has seen thousands of students pass through its lecture halls to earn undergraduate and masters degrees, as well as doctorates, before taking up positions. positions within academia and various home sports organizations. and overseas.

To mark its 25e anniversary ICSHC released the ‘25e Anniversary report 1996 to 2001‘tracing its beginnings, under the leadership of Professor Wray Vampew, to the globally recognized research center that it is today.

Current Director Professor Martin Polley said: “ICSHC has had a fantastic first 25 years, with excellent experience in teaching, research, doctoral supervision, publications, media work and advice.

“This anniversary allows us to reflect on those accomplishments, and also to think about the wonderful work we are doing now.

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… and an archive photo of the LCFC playing in the 1961 FA Cup Final

“This includes a sports history trail on the history of the bachelor’s degree, three successful master’s programs, a vibrant doctoral culture and pioneering writings from our members.

“We’re also excited about our collaborations with some cutting edge projects here at DMU, ​​including Decolonizing DMU, ​​DMU Women and DMU Pride. We all look forward to shaping the next step in ICSHC history.

ICSHC is also home to the FIFA Master or, to give its full title, the FIFA International MA in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport.


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Over the past 20 years, the course has hosted hundreds of international students at DMU to study the Humanities of Sport module before moving on to the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Italy and the University of Neuchâtel and the International Center for ‘Study of Sport (CIES) in Switzerland.

The FIFA Master has been ranked by Sport Business International as the number one postgraduate course in sport management in Europe eight times, a record. Former students of the course include former Manchester United midfielder and South Korea international Park Ji Sung as well as New Zealand Olympic rower Emma Twigg who competes in the Tokyo games this month.

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In 2020, to mark the 20th anniversary of the FIFA Master course, the Center organized a special conference on the theme of “Women’s Leadership in International Sport”. Alumni Kirsty Burrows, Managing Director of Sports Rights Solutions, who advises the International Olympic Committee on preventing harassment and abuse in sport, Sara Panizo, who works for FIFA in Zurich overseeing development projects in the Americas, and Marianne Cornejo, International Motorsports Junior Manager of Red Bull, returned to DMU to lead the discussions.

Professor Pierre Lanfranchi, co-founder of the Center and scientific co-director of the FIFA Master, reflected on the evolution of the center.

He said: “When we created the center, our vision was to create a place where academics could meet and discuss the history of sport in its many contexts. Over the years it has grown in many directions, and it now encompasses undergraduate and postgraduate education, doctoral work, lectures, webinars and much more. The center is now more diverse than we initially imagined, but it continues to be unique, open, friendly and curious. I am so proud to be a member since day one ”.

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The presence of a world-renowned sports history center has also led DMU Special Collections to actively acquire sports-related collections to support teaching and research, notably those of England Boxing and the Ski Club of Great Britain. , as well as archives covering the Special Olympics. hosted in Leicester in 1989 and 2009.

The work of DMU’s sport historians is also read by tens of thousands of football fans during the Premier League season via a history section in Leicester City’s matchday program. During the 2019/20 season, the program broadcast DMU contributions on Black, Asian, and ethnic minority players and managers throughout history. Many Leicester City fans first saw the stories of pioneers in England and Scotland, such as Andrew Jackson, Eddie Parris and Jack Leslie, as well as international pioneers like Larbi Benbarek and Jose Leandro Andrade.

Dr Heather Dichter, Associate Professor of Sport Management and Sport History at the Center, said: “ICSHC played an important role in my decision to move to the UK and accept the post at DMU.

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“The strengths of ICSHC and the history of sport in general at DMU were reflected in the creation of the DMU Postgraduate Sport Management Course taught entirely at Leicester, and I accepted the post to lead. the program.

“My colleagues at ICSHC were wonderful and supported my research, and I am very happy to have crossed the pond to DMU.”

James Panter, who is the coordinator of the FIFA Master Humanities of Sport module and who co-managed the production of the anniversary report with center director Martin Polley said: From elite sport names to conferences with academics and leading institutions, the centre’s work has always had a national and international impact. Being able to reflect on some of these accomplishments, as well as the success of the centre’s graduates as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, has been a great experience ”.

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Posted on Friday, July 16, 2021