Award for achievements in sport history

17 July 2015
Associate Professor Richard Pringle
Associate Professor Richard Pringle

Associate Professor Richard Pringle has been recognised for his contribution and achievements within sport history.

Pringle, who is Associate Dean Postgraduate Research at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, was awarded the Australian Society for Sport History (ASSH) 2015 Anthology Award for his book Examining Sport Histories: Power, Paradigms, and Reflexivity.

Co-authored by Associate Professor Murray Phillips and published by Fitness Information Technology, the book explores ways in which postmodern and poststructural approaches can enrich and politicise the study of the sporting past, while also demonstrating how scholars in sport studies can be more adventurous in their thinking, research and writing.

Pringle contributed three chapters and a group of internationally respected historians and sociologists contributed another nine.

The Honours and Awards Committee for ASSH said, “Examining Sport Histories will greatly assist historians interrogate the practice of history, and will make a significant contribution to the history of sport in Australia”.

They described the text as a “well-conceptualised, well-constructed and coherent collection of essays based on a postmodern approach to the trilogy of questions: What is sport history? How should practitioners do sport history? What is the relationship between sport history and other academic disciplines?”

The Committee also praised the “text’s clarity around the concept of postmodernism (i.e. siding with the subjective over the objective, form over content, and representation over reality) and advocacy for the view that historians construct history rather than discover the past”.

Richard was delighted with the award, which was anounced at the ASSH conference in Darwin.

“I’m really pleased as the text was a shift into a new sub-discipline for me, and there’s always a risk in trangressing boundaries – in more ways than one – as we were also promoting an alternative research paradigm and associated theoretical tools for examining history,” Richard said.

“Our hope in promoting this alternative research approach, was not only to blur boundaries between sociology and history, but to also encourage historians to think about the impact their research could have on contemporary social issues in sport. Issues such as associated with colonisation, rasism, sexism or corruption.”

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