University professor chosen to lead European Committee for Sport History

University professor chosen to lead European Committee for Sport History 

An emeritus professor from the University of Cumbria has been elected to a most prestigious position in the world of sport.

Professor Mike Huggins has been chosen as President of the European Committee for Sport History (CESH), yet another great honour for him in a long and distinguished career. Mike’s term of office will last until 2021. CESH coordinates European projects on the history of physical education and sport to assure a better European and international cooperation, helping in the exchange of ideas, students and staff between European universities to assure a high standard of teaching in sport history and to help young scholars in developing a European dimension to their work.

In addition to his sports expertise, Mike is also active with the British mainstream history world and last year was invited to give the opening keynote speech to the annual conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies, held at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.

Mike comments:

“Although for the past two decades my work has focused on sport and leisure in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, I have recently turned my attention to the early modern period. My latest book A History of Horse Racing and British Society in the Long Eighteenth Century encompasses cultural, economic, political and social themes. It is currently being published by Boydell and Brewer as part of their early modern series.

“It has been my most challenging work yet and involved visiting record offices and archives collections right across Britain. It draws on aristocratic and gentry archives, urban records, paintings and prints, newspapers, books and magazines, diaries and letters. As you can imagine, people's writing in the past, with varieties of script, and in a period where spelling was highly idiosyncratic, took a lot of time to decipher.“

A prolific academic writer, Professor Huggins is presently editing a collection on ‘Modern Match Fixing in Historical Perspective’ for the International Journal of the History of Sport, as well as editing one of the volumes in Bloomsbury's series on the cultural history of western sport.

Image caption:

Photo taken at Strasbourg University shows LtoR the past president of the European Committee (Professor Evangelos Albanides of the University of Thrace), Professor Mike Huggins, past treasurer (Dr Alejandro Serano of Madrid University) and the conference organiser (Dr Denis Jalet of Strasbourg University)


Mike's latest publications

 ‘Early Modern Sport’ in Robert Edelman and Wayne Wilson eds. The Oxford Handbook of Sport History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017) pp.113-127.

'Football and Gambling’, in John Hughson, Kevin Moore, Ramon Spaaij, Joseph Maguire (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies, (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017), pp. 63-73.

Vice and the Victorians (Bloomsbury Press, 2016)

‘BBC Radio and Sport 1922-39’, in Raymond Boyle (ed), Sport and Communication,Vol.1, History and Context (London: Sage, 2017

'Towards a Neo-Athleticism: Mangan, Masculinity and Schooling', in Peter Horton (ed), Manufacturing Masculinity: The Mangan Oeuvre, Global Reflections on J.A. Mangan's Studies of Masculinity, Imperialism and Militarism (Logos, Berlin, 2017), pp. 63-83.

'Exploring the Backstage of Victorian Civilised Respectability’, Journal of Victorian Culture, 22, 1,2017, pp.81-88.

'Angling' in John Nauright and Sarah Zipp (eds) Routledge Handbook of Global Sports (Routledge) in press.