Friday, September 07, 2012

Pre-NASSS: "Culture and the Active Body: Toward Interdisciplinary Action"

Dear colleagues,

We are proud to announce the launch of the Center for Physical Cultural Studies at Florida State University. The Center aims to provide a collaborative focal point from which faculty and students in sport studies, communication, sociology, and the medical sciences can explore how cultures of the moving body--as produced in various sport, athletic, and performance-based contexts--create identity, power and knowledge, equality and inequality, disparate health outcomes, and opportunity and limitations for various populations. 

In conjunction with the launch of the Center, we are hosting a pre-NASSS symposium on November 5-6 in Tallahassee, Florida, on the theme "Culture and the Active Body: Toward Interdisciplinary Action". Confirmed plenary speakers include: David Andrews, John Amis, Michael Atkinson, Michele Donnelly, Mark Falcous, Billy Hawkins, Shannon Jette, Ryan King-White, and Richard Pringle. We will also be screening the documentary film Pink Ribbons, Inc., based on the book of the same title by Samantha King. The symposium is free and open to the public. If you are interested in attending, please feel free to contact us at . (FYI, Tallahassee is roughly a six-hour drive from New Orleans).

For more information on the Center, its goals, affiliated faculty and doctoral fellows, and current research projects, please visit 

For information on the symposium, please visit


Michael Giardina & Joshua Newman

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