851-0002-00L  Pastime, Disciplinary Tool, Mass Culture: A Global History of Sports circa 1700-2000

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersH. Fischer-Tiné
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractThe course gives an overview of the historical trajectories of sports and games in various parts of the world since 1700. It seeks to understand sports as leisure activity, method of physical (self-) optimization, political tool and form of mass Entertainment and explores the interrelation of games and sports with moving forces of modernity such as capitalism, colonialism and consumer culture.
ObjectiveOn one level, the course aims to familiarise students with the historical development of an ubiquitous aspect of modern everyday culture, namely leisure, sports and play. Each case study is used to deepen the participants' understanding of complex historical transformations by telling the story of what has been termed "the ludic diffusion" from a decidedly non-eurocentric, global perspective.