2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture
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Saturday, November 3 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Bodies & Soul: Thinking through the embodied Musician

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Recently, sport scholars have begun to use what they know about sport, health, and the body to understand the practices and performances of musicians (Carey & Ventresca, 2015; Caudwell, 2010; Ternes & Hindin, 2015; Ventresca & Carey, 2016). Not unlike athletes, dancers, or gym-goers, musicians also discipline and train their bodies, participate in competitions, experience illness & injuries, ingest drugs, and face social and political obstacles. At the same time, becoming a musician involves a much different set of embodied rituals, rules, practices, pleasures, pains, and politics than what an athlete, dancer, or gym-goer experiences in their respective contexts. In this session, we invite papers that attempt to think through the bodies of musicians and the physical cultures to which they belong. Submissions can be empirical, experiential, and/or theoretical in nature, and presenters are welcomed to perform their research, experience, and/or theory using musical and artistic modes of expression.


Elena Gabor

Bradley University
To Hide or to Reveal - The Musician's Body as TextThe sport show cannot be contemplated in the absence of the body. Although one can listen to a soccer game on the radio, one listens to descriptions of bodies moving a ball toward a goal. On the contrary, music lovers claim that their... Read More →

Linda Henderson

St. Mary's University, Calgary
The Athlicians: Presenting Marching Band as High Performance SportCoakley and Donnelly (2009) argue that sports are “contested” activities – that is, what is considered to be a “sport” depends on who or what is doing the defining. In 2008, I worked closely with photographer... Read More →

Aishwarya Ramachandran

University of British Columbia

Mike Scanlon

Researcher, foundry10
“What’s the message behind those hard hits?”: Hip hop culture as described by competitive high school dancersWhile a large body of research focuses on how youth engage with lyrical aspects of hip hop, research on how hip hop fits into youth dance culture is less common. Understanding... Read More →

Xiaoqiang Shi

Shanghai University of Sport
Ideology, Aesthetic Culture and Public Space: A Sociological Analysis of Chinese Square DancingAcross China, millions of middle-aged and older residents (most of whom are women often referred as ‘dancing grannies’) gather in public squares, parks, and plazas in the early morning... Read More →

Patricia Vertinsky

University of British Columbia
Music, movement, ragas and dances: ‘Orientalism’ and the Shankar brothersDavid Reck suggests that Orientalism, as it concerns the world of music, seems to occur in waves or fads. Indeed, throughout the 20th century there were periodic resurgences in the West’s enthusiasm for... Read More →


Katie Hemsworth

Nipissing University
Good vibrations? Crowd noise and the “physicality” of sound across sportscapesThe purpose of this paper is to attend to the spatialities of sound in the production of sportscapes. Although scholars have engaged more readily with textual analyses of music in relation to sport (see... Read More →

Scott Carey

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday November 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm PDT

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