2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture
Thursday, November 1 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Bread and Circuses Redux

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As his numerous former students-turned NASSS members will attest, Dr. Stephen Mosher has long used music to teach undergraduates how history, culture, and politics inform sport and popular culture. At the 1992 NASSS conference Mosher debuted a visual and aural commentary, Bread and Circuses in America, that intermixed Nike commercials and ESPN Sportscenter coverage with powerful songs like The Beatles’ “Instant Karma,” to implicate sport as a complicit force in the revolt and reaction to the 1992 LA uprisings. Mosher hoped the video would compel audiences to confront the ways in which state violence against black bodies and white refusals of this reality are a recurring feature of American social/sporting life. In this present moment of burgeoning progressive movements and Trumpian white backlash, Dr. Mosher will re-screen Bread and Circuses in America and use it to initiate a conversation amongst panelists and attendees about the social continuities and differences between 1993 and today.


Nik Dickerson

University of Lincoln

Jennifer Metz

Aurora University
A "Notorious" spectacle: Reading Conor McGregor through a narrative lensDespite considerable sociological and physical cultural studies work examining the notion of sport as spectacle, relatively little of that research has focused on the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) in general... Read More →

Synthia Sydnor

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
Session: Sport as Avant Garde #2Paleolithic ritual and music in regard to a treatise on the nature of sportThis research centers on Paleolithic (2.6 million to 10,000 years ago) music/musical instruments that experts hypothesize were associated with ritual during that time period... Read More →

Lawrence Wenner

Loyola Marymount University

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Kyle Kusz

University of Rhode Island
Notes on the NFL, Tom Brady, and Trump’s brand of white nationalismIn this paper, I explore how President Trump uses the NFL to express and normalize his brand of white nationalism with its emphasis on containing and disciplining black citizenship and re-naturalizing white male... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm PDT