The Media Sport Podcast Series features interviews with researchers from around the world about the significance of sport in media, politics, society and culture, as well as the growing role of sport in the popular communication of environmental issues and concerns.
Episode 35 – Rebecca Olive and Belinda Wheaton: Blue Spaces, Sport and the Sea
We’re back! This episode features Rebecca Olive and Belinda Wheaton discussing their new special issue(s) of the Journal of Sport and Social Issues – ‘Understanding Blue Spaces: Sports, Bodies, Wellbeing, and the Sea’.
In a wide-ranging discussion, they share their insights about surfing, pollution, waka ama paddling, and the value of transnational research perspectives. Listeners should check out the special issue(s) and the ‘Moving Oceans’ project website.
Episode 34 – Sport–Nation–Region: Sport and Cultural Citizenship in Oceania
Panel presentation from the 70th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference (May 2020). Also available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRoTTRUJplQ&feature=youtu.be
This panel of scholars from Australia and New Zealand uses the sport-nation-region nexus to identify the contested meanings and politics of sport and media in Oceania, and discusses why sporting cultures and media work, in different ways, to connect, include and exclude citizens in this part of the world.
Features David Rowe (Western Sydney University), Toni Bruce (University of Auckland), Bevan Erueti (Massey University), Holly Thorpe and Nida Ahmad (University of Waikato) and Brett Hutchins (Monash University).
Episode 33 – José Luis Rojas Torrijos: Sports media and journalism in Spain
Recorded in the wonderful city of Madrid, this episode features sports media and journalism scholar, José Luis Rojas Torrijos. We discuss ‘footballisation’ and sports media scholarship in Spain and among Spanish language researchers more broadly. Our conversation also covers ethics and accountability in journalism, the blurring of news and entertainment, and the gamification of sports news.
Episode 32 – Michael J. Socolow: The 1936 Nazi Olympics, Sporting Nationalism and the Power of Radio
This episode returns to the enduring relationship between sport, politics and media. It features Michael J. Socolow, a media historian and author of the award-winning 'Six Minutes in Berlin: Broadcast Spectacle and Rowing Gold at the Nazi Olympics'. We discuss the significance of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games as a sport and media event, the role of the Games in commentary and technological innovation, and the unique power of radio to address national audiences.
Episode 31 – Adele Pavlidis: Roller Derby, Feminism and Affect
Adele Pavlidis from Griffith University in Brisbane discusses roller derby and why it matters as a site for both feminist politics and the politics of sport. In a discussion that travels from Australia to China, Lebanon and then back again, we also discuss the body, affect, and the significance of women's contact sports.
Episode 30 – Jennifer McClearen: Female Fighters, Combat Sports, and the UFC
This episode sees feminist media scholar, Jennifer McClearen, share her research insights into gender, mixed martial arts, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Our conversation outlines the complex intersections between fighting, skill, violence and the body, the UFC's operation as a transmedia sport empire, and the significance of Ronda Rousey’s celebrity. Other topics discussed include the function of branded difference, labour relations in the UFC, and the queering of loss by trans athletes.