March 17-18: The 9th Annual Toronto German Studies Symposium 2016: Sports: Allure and Ethics

University of Toronto
March 17-18, 2016
Jackman Humanities Building 318

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Keynote speaker: Hans-Ulrich Gumbrecht

Talk by Hans-Ulrich Gumbrecht: What Do Sports Spectators “Invest”?:

Thursday, March 17, 2016

1:30 – 2:00 PM: Welcome and Introductory Remarks
David Cameron, Michael Lauber, Markus Stock, John Zilcosky

2:00 – 3:30 PM: Keynote Lecture
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Stanford University). What Do Sports Spectators “Invest”?

Coffee Break

3:45 – 6:00 PM: Session 1. Ancient Allure, Ancient Ethics
Moderator: Marlo Burks, Dept. of Germanic Languages & Literatures, UofT
Sofie Remijsen (Universität Mannheim). The Allure of Greek Athletics
John Zilcosky (University of Toronto). Wrestling, or the Art of Disentangling Bodies
Charles Stocking (University of Western Ontario). The “Beautiful” Body in the
Ancient and Modern Olympics

Friday, March 18, 2016

9:30 – 11:45 AM: Session 2. Allure and Ethics in Modern Europe
Moderator: Tobias Wilczek, Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures, UofT
Rebekka von Mallinckrodt (Universität Bremen). Attraction and Repugnance:
Running Races in 18th-Century Germany and Britain
Wolf Kittler (UC Santa Barbara). Gymnastics as Preparation for War:
A Brief History of the Horizontal Bar, the Parallel Bars, and the Pommel Horse
Sarah Panzer (William and Mary). Importing a German Kampfsport:
The Reception and Practice of Japanese Martial Arts in Interwar Germany

Lunch: 12:00-1:00 PM

1:00 – 3:15 PM: Session 3. Fair or Foul? The Allure and Ethics of Cheating
Moderator: Peter Nash, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, UofT
Mohammed Abed (Cal State, Los Angeles). Doping and the Idea of Fairness in Sport.
Karin Helmstaedt (Deutsche Welle, Berlin). The Fantasy of Fair Play
Annette Vowinckel (ZZF Potsdam). The Ethics and Aesthetics of the Foul

Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:45 PM: Session 4. Allure and Ethics on the World Stage; the Future of Sports
Moderator: Sandy Wells, Physical Cultural Studies and Sport History, UBC
Stefan Willer (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin). The “Summer’s Tale” Gone Bad?:
On the Allure and Ethics of the 2006 Soccer World Cup
Grant Farred (Cornell University). Going Quietly: The Sublime Retirement of Barry Sanders
Bruce Kidd (University of Toronto). Democratizing the Subjectivities of Sports