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Week 1: Introduction

Tuesday, January 24, 2023
- The whole website. Every word.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

  • Steve Stern, “The Tricks of Time: Colonial Legacies and Historical Sensibilities in Latin America,” The Princeton University Library Chronicle 57.3 (Spring 1996), pp. 371-392.

DUE: One paragraph précis on Stern.

Week 2: Theory and Practice of Sport History

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

  • Allen Guttmann, “Play, Games, Contests, Sports” From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004).
  • Barbara Keyes, “Senses and Emotions in the History of Sport,” Journal of Sport History, 40.1 (Spring 2013), pp. 21-38

Thursday, February 2, 2023

  • 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.

DUE: Research memo on Arbena or Mangan.

Week 3: Premodern Sport, Ritual, and Leisure

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

  • 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.

Thursday, February 9, 2023

  • Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, "SPANISH DECK," in New World Objects of Knowledge: A Cabinet of Curiosities, editors Mark Thurner and Juan Pimentel. London: University of London Press, Institute of Latin American Studies, 2021.
  • Isabelle Schürch, "Spectacular Spanish Horses in New Spain," International Journal of the History of Sport 37:3-4 (2020): 288-303.

DUE: Using this week's readings, write a one page paper explaining the difference between pre-modern sport and modern sport.

Week 4: Transitions I - the 19th century

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

  • Victor Andrade de Melo, "Horses, Bulls, and Bodies: The Formation of the Sport Field in Rio de Janeiro," Journal of Sport History 40.3 (Fall 2013): 377-383.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

  • William Beezley, "Bicycles, Modernization, and Mexico" in Joseph L. Arbena, ed. Sport and Society in Latin America: Diffusion, Dependency, and the Rise of Mass Culture. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.

DUE: Research memo on Beezley.

Week 5: Transitions II - the New Century

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

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

Thursday, February 23, 2023

  • 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.

DUE: Mexican Sportsman Paper

Week 6: Populism, Sport, and Nation I

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

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

Thursday, March 2, 2023

  • Rwany Sibaja, "Anxiety in the Sports Pages: The 'Crises' Narratives of 1950s Argentine Fútbol," The International Journal of the History of Sport 37:5-6 (2020): 357-377.

DUE: Research memo on Sibaja.

Week 7: Populism, Sport, and Nation II

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

  • 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.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

  • Lindsey Barrett, Colby Leachman, Claire Lockerby, Steven McMullen, Matthew Schorr, Yuriy Veytskin, “The Soccer War,” at Soccer Politics Pages, (This is a very well done undergrad project.)

DUE: Research memo on Elsey.

Week 8: Spring Break!!


Week 9: Boxing and Race

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

  • 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.

Thursday, March 23, 2023


DUE: Research memo on Casimir.

Week 10: Biésbol/Baseball

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

  • 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, March 30, 2023

  • Discussion of Burgos for your book review.

DUE: Book review

Week 11: Olympics 1968

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

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

Thursday, April 6, 2023

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

DUE: Drawing on this week's articles, write one page on the impact of media on the 1968 Olympics.

Week 12: Military Dictatorships and the Political Use of Sport

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

  • 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.

Thursday, April 13, 2023

  • 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.

DUE: Research memo on de Freitas Couto.

Week 13: Women Play Too

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

  • Elsey and Nadal Futbolera.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

DUE: Write a one page response to Futbolera.

Week 14: Global Sport Capitalism

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

  • Tim Walters, "'Another World (Cup) is Possible!': Twenty Theses About Modern Football," in Brenda Elsey and Stanislao G. Pugliese, ed., Football and the Boundaries of History: Critical Studies in Soccer, New York: Hofstra Universitiy and Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

  • Jason R. Old, "Transnational Surfistas and the Development of Nicaragua's Emerald Coast," The International Journal of the History of Sport 38:8 (2021): 829-848.

DUE: Write a one-page response to Walters.

Week 15: Capoeira and Jujitsu

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

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

Thursday, May 4, 2023

  • José Cairus, "Nationalism, Immigration and Identity: The Gracies and the Making of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 1934-1943," Marital Arts Studies 9 (2020): 28-42.
  • Listen to 30 for 30 podcast Season 2 Episode 2 on the birth of the UFC.

Week 16: Wrap Up

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Final Essay and Self Evaluation Due: May 16th.