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Matt presents at two national conferences

KRG member Matt Ventresca presented at the annual meetings of two national academic organizations this past spring. First, Matt presented a paper based on his dissertation research at the 5th annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association of Canada in Niagara Falls, Ontario (Matt also sits as a director-at-large on the organization’s executive). Matt’s paper, […]

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Robbie Millington publishes a chapter in Celebrity philanthropy (2015)

See below for information on a recent publication by Robbie Millington. Millington, R. (2015). Celebrating development through sport: Interrogating the intersections of celebrity philanthropy, sport for development and peace, and global capitalism. In P. Allatson & E. Jefferies (Eds.), Celebrity philanthropy.

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Next steps: Robbie Millington

SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellowship

KRG PhD candidate Robbie Millington has received a 2-year SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellowship that will begin September 2015 for his research project titled “Are the Olympics good for the world?: Investigating the International Olympic Committee as an agent of international development.“ Robbie’s post-doc will be supervised by Dr. Simon Darnell at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Kinesiology […]

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Further Adventures in Public Sociology

Matt lectures as part of Concussion Awareness speaker series

On March 19th, KRG researcher Matt Ventresca was featured as a panelist at IMPACT 2.0, an event hosted by the Queen’s Concussion Awareness Committee as part of their annual speaker’s series. Matt spoke alongside a panel of student-athletes, concussion advocates and medical experts and discussed how experiences of concussions can be influenced by the culture of […]

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KRG in the Media

Matt Ventresca writes commentary on concussions as a social issue

KRG PhD Candidate Matt Ventresca was featured on U.S. online news site The Conversation providing commentary about the ongoing problem of brain injuries in sport. Matt argues that concussions in sport should be considered more than just a medical or scientific problem, but a cultural issue that is shaped by various forms of social inequality. […]

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Driving to the 'Net: Blogs, Frames and Politics in the New York Islanders’ Stadium Saga

KRG researcher Matt Ventresca has co-authored a paper with Mark Norman, Courtney Szto & Simon Darnell titled, ‘Driving to the ‘Net: Blogs, Frames and Politics in the New York Islanders’ Stadium Saga’. The article is accessible online through the Journal of Sport and Social Issues. Abstract:  In this collaborative article written by a group of contributors […]

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A team effort succeeds

Brett Favre, prescription painkillers, and the National Football League Abstract:  This paper uses a genealogical approach to explore the conjuncture at which the longstanding but partial and uneasy silence surrounding painkiller use in the National Football League seems increasingly under threat. We historicize and problematize apparently self-evident narratives about painkiller use in contemporary football by […]

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Interview: Pink Ribbons, Inc

Jeff Pearlman interviews Samantha King

 “Meet the author who exposed everyone’s favorite charity, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, as a misguided, greedy sham more dedicated to PR and buckets of chicken than battling breast cancer.” A Jeff Pearlman interview with Samantha King on her book, Pink Ribbons, Inc, is published here. 

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Matt presents at Canadian Communication Association Annual Meeting (St. Catharines, Ontario)

Matt presented a paper on May 29th, 2014, at the Canadian Communication Association annual meeting as part of the 2014 Canadian Social Science and Humanities Congress. Matt’s paper was called “The (hidden) Costs of “Moustache Farming”: Movember, Consumer Culture and the Future of Brand Activism” and investigated the theoretical underpinnings of notions of commodity activism: […]

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Matt presents at Popular Culture Association of Canada Conference (Calgary, Alberta)

Last week Matt presented a paper based on parts of his dissertation research at the 4th annual Popular Culture Association of Canada (PCAC) Conference in Calgary, Alberta. The paper, titled “Seriously not Serious: ‘Ironic Masculinities’ in Contemporary Popular Culture” situated his Movember research alongside contemporary trends concerning the representation of gender in advertising and internet […]

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