Seminar: Sport, Crisis Migration and Commemoration in Contemporary France

Seminar: Sport, Crisis Migration and Commemoration in Contemporary France

15 February 2017, 15.00-16.00, F1030 (Foundation Building)
Dr. Cathal KILCLINE, Lecturer in French Studies, National university of Ireland, Galway
Sport, Crisis Migration and Commemoration in Contemporary France 
 
Abstract: Recent years have seen a proliferation of sport-themed artistic, commemorative and pedagogical productions that interpret and illuminate identity-based debates in France, particularly in relation to immigration and ethnic diversity. This presentation analyses a series of these exhibitions, monuments and texts, demonstrating the relevance of sport in the contemporary commemorative landscape, and investigating why sporting tropes may be considered a particularly potent means of illuminating issues related to mass migration. It also points to evolutions in the processes of memory-making globally, and explores how the mediatisation and aesthetics of sporting practices may relate to these developments. In particular, this presentation discusses how the cultural production in question has foreshadowed debates about the migration crises in the Mediterranean and English Channel that are now the forefront of political agendas globally. 
 
Dr. Cathal Kilcline is a Lecturer in French Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research, which focuses primarily on globalisation and migration in contemporary France, has been funded by the EU Commission (Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme) and Irish Research Council through a Postdoctoral Mobility Fellowship (held at Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and NUI Galway) and a Government of Ireland Scholarship. His publications analyse a range of Francophone cultural production, including literature, film, print journalism and television. He is currently leading a research project investigating global perspectives on protest movements in sport. Recent relevant publications include: Publications include: 'Representations of Rugby and Resistance in Toulon: From Literary Tradition to Televised Spectacle', Contemporary French Civilisation 39 (1), (2014): 93-110;  'Constructing and contesting the (post-) national sporting hero:  ‘Media, money, mobility and Marie-José Pérec', French Cultural Studies, 25 (1), (2014): 82-100; ’Playing out the Postcolonial: Football and Commemoration’ in Fiona Barclay (ed.) France’s Colonial Legacies: Memory, Identity and Narrative (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013), pp. 207-226.