Call for Proposals:
Since September 11, 2001 sports has become increasingly “complicit” in an increasing militarization of U.S. society and popular culture. Butterworth and Moskal (2009), for example, argue that American identity is constituted in and by a culture of militarism, “wherein Americans are implicated in a structural relationship between government, the military, and entertainment industries to the extent that it has become functionally impossible to live outside the rhetorical production of war” (p. 413). The “seizing” of the NFL, Major League Baseball, or NASCAR by the military can be witnessed frequently through the spreading of militaristic messages from sponsors, advertisers, and broadcasters who appear eager to use these sporting events to garner support for war, especially during a time of great unpopularity among the American public, and to reassert national identity through excessive displays of patriotism.
Teaching Media seeks teaching materials and models for understanding the relations between sports, media, and the military. Approaches to teaching the sports-media-military nexus can include, but are not limited to:
- the role of the media in mediating militaristic sporting events
- the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality and the military-sport-media nexus
- the links between the (in)visibility of women and queer subjects in mediated sports to the military as a traditionally hetero-patriarchal institution
- socio-political issues raised concerning the militarization and securitization of the 2012 London Olympics
- the entanglements between the neoliberal state and the military-sports-media nexus
- the effects of globalization on professional sports and the military
Teaching Media seeks 250-word summaries of teaching materials and models from a variety of pedagogical perspectives. The summary should include your general framework, a list of teaching materials and/or assignments in the unit, and a short explanation of why your approach is innovative.Please email all submissions, either as a word or PDF document, toteachingmedia.contact@gmail.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday November 18, 2012
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