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Region, Nation or Borderland? Sport and Social Relations in the North Atlantic World, 1867-Present

  • Room 211 - Homburg Centre 920 Tower Road Halifax, NS, B3H 1K8 Canada (map)

Dr. Daryl Leeworthy
Swansea University & CSSH Visiting R.A.


In the year of Canadian confederation, 1867, a lacrosse team crossed the Atlantic from Canada to conduct a tour of Britain and Ireland. It left behind a legacy of lacrosse playing subsequently matched by enthusiasm for hockey, basketball, and baseball. Seen from the Anglophone power centres of the North Atlantic World, London and Dublin, these sports have little relevance to British and Irish society. But from the bottom up? This talk explores the relationships between regions, nations, and borderlands, and argues that although the sports people play may be much the same, the social and cultural reasons differ depending on which direction you look at sporting history.

Free admission and open to the public