This idea has been marinating for a year or two now, but I’ve finally decided to do it! I’m interested in starting a group blog that focuses on American Sports History/Studies. I envision it as a place for junior faculty and graduate students to share their work, respond to current events, discuss important works or trends in our field, talk about teaching with sport, and just overall developing an active and engaging scholarly community centered on the history of sport. Likewise, such a blog could be an open place for members of the broader public who are interested in critically engaging in sports related issues to come learn more and interact. Group blogs, such as U.S. Intellectual History, Religion in American History, and The Junto, have been very successful in doing similar things.
For this blog to be successful, I need contributors. I’m hoping to start with a small core group of people, at least 5 or 6, who contribute one post every other month or so, with the idea that we can publish one post each week, but each person writes only once every 6 weeks. I see the posts possibly fitting into the following areas:
Current events in a critical and historical context
Reviews of recent and import books
Short pieces of new research
Meditations on teaching with sport
I’m open to other suggestions and expanding beyond my personal historical background to include other disciplines and approaches. If this sounds like something you would be interested in joining and regularly contributing to, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave other ideas/suggestions in the comments. I’d like to get thing rolling by early this summer.