Author: Broderick Chow

Call for Proposals: Defiant Embodiments in Theatre, Sport, and Performance

  Top Image: British Physical Culturist Stanley Rothwell with Edwin Picton, Brockwell Park Baths, 1939. Handwritten caption: “With Edwin Picton a former gym mate from Ashton-in-Makerfield. Edwin was one of the La Volgas Bros. This was taken in the afternoon when the war was declared.” From The Stanley Rothwell Papers, H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, The University of Texas at Austin. A One-Day Symposium and Workshop / TaPRA Performance and the Body Working Group Interim Event, co-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council 29 April 2016, Brunel University London, Indoor Athletic Centre  Call Deadline: 27 March...

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Brunel Weightlifting Club Competition 2016

I’ve been training with Brunel Weightlifting and my coach, Kristian McPhee, for just over two years. Wednesday I’m doing my first competition, as a novice. Although it feels like I’ve waited a long time to do my first comp, really it’s because as an over-30 lifter, I’m in that awkward age where I’m too new to enter any real comps, but not old enough to do a Masters (+35 years) competition. So I was glad to have the opportunity to get some platform experience and feel what it’s like to actually ‘perform’ this sport. It takes place Wednesday, 30 November, at the Brunel Indoor Athletic Centre. Novice competition kicks off at 16:45 (finish 18:30), followed by an official qualifying competition (18:30 – 20:00) with Commonwealth Games lifter Owen Boxall. Free entry for spectators. More...

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Unlike the real strongmen, Trump’s politics is all spectacle and no technique

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. With the third debate out of the way, the spectacle of the US presidential election is drawing to a close. Throughout the race Donald Trump has prompted commentators to write of his “strongman politics” or his efforts to “join the strongman club”. Other political figures associated with the “strongman” style of politics include Russian president, Vladimir Putin, or Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte – characters that rule by force and build a cult of personality. While I can see why the strongman of British music hall and American...

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A Research Network for Theatre, Performance, Sport, and Physical Culture

Dynamic Tensions: A Research Network for Theatre, Performance, Sport, and Physical Culture As part of the AHRC-funded research leadership fellowship Dynamic Tensions: New Masculinities in the Performance of Fitness, this interdisciplinary research network aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from theatre and performance studies engaging with practices of sport and physical culture, with scholars, athletes, and researchers in sports studies (which may include kinesiology, sociology and sport, and physical education) interested in artistic and performative methods. Historically, cultural performance and sport have been deeply imbricated. Sport has been represented onstage throughout theatre history, from the metaphorical language of...

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