Female sports fans and Marx in the business school

Posted by vm64 at Mar 28, 2011 10:00 AM |
Two free lectures at University of Leicester on 30 March

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 March 2011

The University of Leicester Graduate School celebrates the excellent work of PhD students with two free public lectures on Wednesday, 30 March.

The Doctoral Inaugural Lectures showcase the work of PhD graduates who are both outstanding academically and able to present their work in a way that is accessible and engaging to a wider audience. 

Dr Stacey Pope’s lecture, entitled ‘The Love of My Life’: The Meaning and Importance of Sport for Female Fans, will focus on the largely unexplored area of how women experience and consume sport. 

Findings from her PhD research on female football and rugby union fans show that sport is central to the lives and identities of many women, allowing Dr Pope to develop a preliminary model of female fandom. 

In her lecture Dr Pope will present the characteristics of female fans of both sports and she will argue that these traits can be largely attributed to the combined impact of the effects of social class and cultural differences between the two sports. 

She hopes her contribution to the research on female sports fans will put women’s experiences on the agenda of sports researchers. 

The second lecture will be given by Dr Armin Beverungen, who asks Whither Marx in the Business School?.

Dr Beverungen’s research is focused on exploring the interrelationship between Marx and the business school, which is often seen to be a professional school meant to train the managers and banks of tomorrow. 

In his lecture, he will relate the topic to recent demonstrations on tuition fees and discuss what role capitalism and Marx have in the lives of contemporary university students. 

To gain better understanding of the issue, he will look at three different phases in the reception of Marx in the business school and how it has contributed to the changing understanding of capitalism and management. He will argue that the last wave, in which the return of Marx heralds a new critical phase for the business school, is currently ongoing 

The lectures, which are free and open to all, will start at 5.30pm in the Lecture Theatre 3 of the Ken Edwards Building. A free wine reception will follow in Cafe Piazza, on the ground floor of the Charles Wilson Building.

Please confirm your attendance by using the online booking form at http://www.le.ac.uk/pgrd/events/inaugural/dil-css, by e-mailing pgevents@le.ac.uk or by calling 0116 223 1889. The numbers of attendees are needed for catering purposes. 

About Dr Stacey Pope

Dr Stacey Pope completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology. For her thesis, ‘Female Fandom in an English ‘Sports City’: A Sociological Study of Female Spectating and Consumption around Sport’, she conducted comparative case study research on female football and rugby union fans in Leicester. Her research interests have been interdisciplinary in nature, incorporating sociology, leisure studies, socio-historical perspectives on sport, physical education and sports geography. Dr Pope is currently a Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport in the Department of PE and Sports Studies at the University of Bedfordshire.

About Dr Armin Beverungen

Dr Armin Beverungen is currently Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies at Bristol Business School. In addition to his PhD in critical management studies from the School of Management he holds a BA(Hons) in organisation studies from Lancaster University and an MPhil in social and political sciences from the University of Cambridge.  His research explores the reception of Marx in the business school, the consequences of financialisation on the contemporary university, and the whereabouts of business ethics. Dr Beverungen is a member of the editorial collective of the journal ephemera: theory & politics in organization and co-editor of MayFlyBooks. His book Marx in the Business School: A History of Critical Studies of Management is forthcoming (Edward Elgar, 2012).

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