Week 1: Introduction

Thursday, January 10, 2019


  • Syllabus

Week 2: Theory and Practice of Sport History

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 –


  • Dave Day & Wray Vamplew “Sports History Methodology: Old and New,” The International Journal of the History of Sport, 32:15 (2015), 1715-1724.

  • Barbara Keyes, “Senses and Emotions in the History of Sport,” Journal of Sport History, 40.1 (Spring 2013), pp. 21-38.

  • Allen Guttmann, “Play, Games, Contests, Sports” From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004).

Thursday, January 17, 2019 –


  • Joseph L Arbena “The Later Evolution of Modern Sport in Latin America: The North American Influence”, The International Journal of the History of Sport, 18:3 (2001), 43-58.

  • J.A. Mangan, “The Early Evolution of Modern Sport in Latin America: A Mainly English Middle-Class Inspiration?” The International Journal of the History of Sport, 18:3 (2001), 9-42.

Week 3: Premodern Sport, Ritual, and Leisure

Tuesday, January 22, 2019


  • Alejandro Martínez Muriel and Emilie Carreón Blaine, “Santa Rosa, Chiapas: Human Sacrifice and the Mesoamerican Ballgame,” pp 211-230 in Boxt, Matthew A. , Dillon, Brian B., Carrasco, Davíd, eds. Fanning the Sacred Flame. Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 2012.

  • José Antonio Funes-Pérez, Juan Rodríguez-López & Alfonso Manas “Medieval Córdoba: From Umayyad Recreations to Competitive Christian Sport,” The International Journal of the History of Sport, 33:10 (2016), 1009-1027.

  • Play around with this site.

Chose one of the above articles for a memo.

Thursday, January 24, 2019


  • David Patrick Cahill, “The Virgin and the Inca: An Incaic Procession in the City of Cuzco in 1692,” Ethnohistory, 49.3 (Summer 2002), pp. 611-649.

Week 4: Transitions I – the 19th century

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


  • Beezley, through page 88.

Thursday, January 31, 2019


  • Beezley, finish.

Week 5: Transitions II – the New Century

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


  • Joshua Nadel, Fútbol!, Introduction and Chapter 1.

Thursday, February 7, 2019


  • Raanan Rein, “People of the Book or People of the (Foot)Ball? On the Pitch with Fans of Atlanta in Buenos Aires,” in Sheinin, Sports Culture in Latin American History.

Week 6: Populism, Sport, and Nation I

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


  • Joshua Nadel, Fútbol!, Chapter 2.

Thursday, February 14, 2019


  • Gregg P. Bocketti, “Italian Immigrants, Brazilian Football, and the Dilemma of National Identity,” Journal of Latin American Studies 49.2 (May 2008): 275-302.

  • Brenda Elsey, “The Independent Republic of Football: The Politics of Neighborhood Clubs in Santiago, Chile, 1948-1960,” Journal of Social History 42.3 (Spring 2009): 605-630.

Chose one of the above for today’s memo.

Week 7: Populism, Sport, and Nation II

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


  • Roberta Park, “From La Bomba to Béisbol: Sport and the Americanization of Puerto Rico, 1898-1950,” International Journal of the History of Sport 28.17 (2011): 2575-2593.

Thursday, February 21, 2019


  • Alan Klein, “Latinizing the ‘national pastime’,” The International Journal of the History of Sport, 24:2 (2007), 296-310.

  • Alan Klein, “Culture, Politics, and Baseball in the Dominican Republic,” Latin American Perspectives 22.3 (1995): 111-130.

Chose one of these for today’s memo.

Week 8: Boxing, Race, and Empire

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


  • Enver M. Casimir, “Contours of Transnational Contact: Kid Chocolate, Cuba, and the United States in the 1920s and 1930s,” Journal of Sport History, 39.3 (2012): 487-506.

DUE: Mexican Sportsman Paper

Thursday, February 28, 2019


  • Michael Donogoghue, “Roberto Durán, Omar Torrijos, and the Rise of the Isthmian Machismo,” in Sheinin, Sports Culture in Latin American History.

Watch “No Mas” in class.

Week 9: Panamerican Games and Empire

Tuesday, March 5, 2019


  • Introduction, and pick two articles from the special issue of the [International Journal of the History of Sport](https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fhsp20/33/1-2) on the Pan-American games. *IJHS 33.1-2 (2016).

Thursday, March 7, 2019

DUE: week’s precis.

Week 10: Olympics, Mexico 1968

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


  • Eric Zolov, “Showcasing the ‘Land of Tomorrow’: Mexico and the 1968 Olympics,” The Americas 51.2 (2004): 159-188.

Thursday, March 14, 2019


  • Celeste González Bustamante, “1968 Olympic Dreams and Tlatelolco Nightmares: Imagining and Imaging Modernity on Television,” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, 26.1 (2010): 1-30.

Week 11: SPRING BREAK!!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Week 12: Luchas

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Watch “The Two Escobars”

Thursday, March 28, 2019

DUE: Review of Heather Levi, The World of Lucha Libre: Secrets, Revelations, and Mexican National Identity (Durham: Duke University Press, 2008).

Week 13: Military Dictatorships and the Political Use of Sport

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


  • Joshua Nadel, Fútbol, Chapters 3-4.

Thursday, April 4, 2019


  • Euclides de Freitas Couto “Football, Control and Resistance in the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the 1970s,” The International Journal of the History of Sport (2014) 31:10, 1267-1277.

  • Gloria Medina-Sancho and Margot Olavarria, ‘Spaces Recovered by Memory: Film Language and Testimony in Parot’s “Estadio Nacional”,’ Latin American Perspectives 40.1 (January 2013).

  • Jennifer L. Schaefer, “Mapping Politics into the Stadium: Political Demonstrations and Soccer Culture in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1973–74,” Journal of Sport History, 44:2 (2017): 193-208.

Week 14: Global Sport Capitalism

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


  • Joshua Nadel, finish the book.

Thursday, April 11, 2019


  • Football in the Americas: Fútbol, Futebol, Soccer: Pages 253-268 (“Round Pegs in Square Holes? South American players in the Premiership”)
  • O’Donnell, Hugh. “Mapping the Mythical: A Geopolitics of National Sporting Stereotypes.” Discourse & Society 5, no. 3 (July 1, 1994): 345–380.

Week 15: Capoeira and Jujitsu

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


  • Katya Wesolowski, “From ‘Moral Disease’ to ‘National Sport’: Race, Nation, and Capoeira in Brazil,” in Sheinin, Sports Culture in Latin American History.

Thursday, April 18, 2019


  • Greg Downey, “Domesticating an Urban Menace: Reforming Capoeira as a Brazilian National Sport,” IJHS 19.4 (2002): 1-32.

  • Listen to 30 for 30 podcast Season 2 Episode 2 on the birth of the UFC.

Week 16: Rio 2014 and 2016

Tuesday, April 23


  • Football in the Americas: Fútbol, Futebol, Soccer—pages 75-93 (“Transformations in National Identity through Football in Brazil”).

  • Christopher Gaffney, “Mega-events and socio-spatial dynamics in Rio de Janeiro, 1919-2016,” Journal of Latin American Geography 9.1 (2010): 7-29.

Thursday, April 25


  • Dave Zirin, “How the Rio Olympics Could Cement a Brazilian Coup.” From The Nation Magazine.

FINAL PAPER DUE: May 1 at 5pm.