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Post-war Sport between Memory and Reconstruction

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  • Fri 11 Oct 2019 09.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2019-10-11 9:00 2019-10-11 13:00 Europe/Paris Post-war Sport between Memory and Reconstruction

In the aftermath of the immense tragedy of the Second World War, Europe began the arduous road to moral, socio-economic, and cultural recovery. Against this desolate backdrop, sport played an important part in the recovery process by mirroring society’s hopes and dreams as well as the renewed tension towards social aggregation. Sport was also a crucial factor in the revival of international relations. Numerous athletes who had been active before and during the conflict resumed participating in international events, despite the physical and mental scars of their war experiences. International competitions were slow to resume, but national competitions saw the competition of champions who had aligned themselves with dictatorial regimes and those who had rebelled against these regimes against athletes who had chosen to compete under a different flag.
The memories of the recent past must be reconstructed, but what story should be conserved and recounted? We must go beyond the focus on individual and collective crimes and misdeeds. In what way did the press report and elaborate upon the war’s legacy during society’s emergence into a new, peaceful era? How did athletes return to competitive sport and how did this return function as a way to relive wartime choices? To what extent did heroes, idols and champions mirror society as a whole and in what way were they tragic protagonists of narratives constructed by their supporters in reaction to wartime events?

By bringing to light the stories of several iconic champions, the conference will attempt to analyze post-war Europe. Although the focus will be placed on the unanimously blamed Germany, the conference will also discuss Italy and Austria, who were caught up in the dramatic events, as well as France, who was still coming to terms with wartime events.

The conference is organized within the framework of the Alcide de Gasperi Research Centre.

Speakers:

Dr. Gherardo Bonini, Historical Archives of EU/European Committee of Sport History (CESH), “Tiefes Deutschland. The Schmeling’s legend and the memory of the past”

Prof. Andreas Praher, University of Salzburg, "Light and Shadow of the Eagle. Postwar Narratives about Ski-jumper Josef Bradl"

Dr. Nicola Sbetti, University of Bologna, "Continuity and change in Italian football (1945-1950)"

Prof. Doriane Gomet, University of Rennes II, “The duty of remember in the sports sphere: the stories of Victor Young Perez and Alfred Nakache.”

Sala A.De Gasperi Villa Salviati DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala A.De Gasperi Villa Salviati

In the aftermath of the immense tragedy of the Second World War, Europe began the arduous road to moral, socio-economic, and cultural recovery. Against this desolate backdrop, sport played an important part in the recovery process by mirroring society’s hopes and dreams as well as the renewed tension towards social aggregation. Sport was also a crucial factor in the revival of international relations. Numerous athletes who had been active before and during the conflict resumed participating in international events, despite the physical and mental scars of their war experiences. International competitions were slow to resume, but national competitions saw the competition of champions who had aligned themselves with dictatorial regimes and those who had rebelled against these regimes against athletes who had chosen to compete under a different flag.
The memories of the recent past must be reconstructed, but what story should be conserved and recounted? We must go beyond the focus on individual and collective crimes and misdeeds. In what way did the press report and elaborate upon the war’s legacy during society’s emergence into a new, peaceful era? How did athletes return to competitive sport and how did this return function as a way to relive wartime choices? To what extent did heroes, idols and champions mirror society as a whole and in what way were they tragic protagonists of narratives constructed by their supporters in reaction to wartime events?

By bringing to light the stories of several iconic champions, the conference will attempt to analyze post-war Europe. Although the focus will be placed on the unanimously blamed Germany, the conference will also discuss Italy and Austria, who were caught up in the dramatic events, as well as France, who was still coming to terms with wartime events.

The conference is organized within the framework of the Alcide de Gasperi Research Centre.

Speakers:

Dr. Gherardo Bonini, Historical Archives of EU/European Committee of Sport History (CESH), “Tiefes Deutschland. The Schmeling’s legend and the memory of the past”

Prof. Andreas Praher, University of Salzburg, "Light and Shadow of the Eagle. Postwar Narratives about Ski-jumper Josef Bradl"

Dr. Nicola Sbetti, University of Bologna, "Continuity and change in Italian football (1945-1950)"

Prof. Doriane Gomet, University of Rennes II, “The duty of remember in the sports sphere: the stories of Victor Young Perez and Alfred Nakache.”


Location:
Sala A.De Gasperi Villa Salviati

Affiliation:
Historical Archives

Type:
Conference

Contact:
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