2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture
Friday, November 2 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Sport as Avant Garde #1

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If sport is a cultural performance (and of course it may be viewed as such) both broadly and narrowly, then its embodiment can be seen as analogous to performance art. Culturally, sport forms may follow Raymond Williams' rubric of residual, dominant, and emergent. Emergent sport processes may be likened to the avant garde, where new creations emerge out of old amalgamations, technological advances, and creative entrepreneurial efforts. This session invites papers that explore sport as an avant garde formation, in its many incarnations.  Papers submitted may be broad in scope, speculative, argumentative, philosophical, or more narrow, examining specific cases of sport where the proposed metaphor fails or succeeds.


Laurence de Garis

University of Indianapolis
Your Opponent is Your Partner: The Practice and Politics of Pro WrestlingIn his seminal essay about professional wrestling, Roland Barthes asserts that pro wrestling being a "stage-managed sport" ought to mitigate its ignominy. That pro wrestling is "fake" is its defining feature... Read More →

Brian Petrotta

University of Oklahoma
Beyond Centerfield: Linking rock and roll music and baseball fandom through Optimal Distinctiveness Theory.John Fogarty’s 1985 hit “Centerfield” is perhaps the most recognizable rock and roll song entirely centered on baseball.  However, rock music in general has, and remains... Read More →

Yang (Sunny) Zhang

Wushu and the Olympic Games, University of Maryland
There are countless Chinese scholars discussing the relationship of wushu, a traditional Chinese physical activity, and the Olympic Games. Many scholars focus on how to change wushu to better comply to the “scientific and objective” (western) standards and rules of Olympic Games... Read More →


Robert E. Rinehart

University of Waikato
Sport Metaphors:  Synecdoches, Significance, and SymbolismThere exist many accepted metaphors for contemporary sport:  sport as dramatic spectacle, as war, as performance, as pilgrimage, as reflection.  Some, like reflection, performance, and pilgrimage, are relatively neutral... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm PDT

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