Identities at play : the role of sport in contemporary society
Cathal Kilcline’s research led him to spend some time in France, where doing and studying sport allowed him to investigate the role of sport in contemporary societies.
"In 2011, I was awarded a CARA postdoctoral mobility fellowship, co-funded by the Irish Research Council and the EU Commission through the Marie Curie programme. This project took me to Lyon, where I worked at the Centre de Recherche et d’Innovation sur le Sport at Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, with researchers including Thierry Terret and Philippe Liotard.
My research studies the effects of globalisation and migration in contemporary French society and how these occur in, and are reflected through, a range of cultural forms – literature, film, press, television. My particular focus in this project was on sport, and on how public discourse around sport revealed deeper cultural and societal issues related to race, the legacy of empire, the post-industrial economy and representations of the body.
Along with the archival and library work at the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand in the 13e arrondissement in Paris, the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel in Lyon and the Institut National du Sport, de l’Expertise et de la Performance in the Bois de Vincennes in Paris, my work took me to venues including the Stade de France (Saint Denis), Stade de Gerland (Lyon), Geoffrey Guichard (Saint Etienne), the Astroballe (Villeurbanne), on the route of the Tour de France as it passed through the Rhône region and the Ardèche, and on a winter’s night race from Saint Catherine to Lyon on the SaintéLyon.
On my return to NUI Galway, to continue my work with Professor Philip Dine at the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, I organised a seminar series in conjunction with Lyon 1 and the University of Lausanne on a variety of themes, including ‘Sport and Protest’. These seminars were supported by the Embassy of France in Ireland, the Swiss Embassy in Ireland, the Irish Research Council, and the President’s Office at NUI Galway. Meanwhile, I further developed publication projects on topics including ‘Sport, Media and Identity in France and the Francophone World’ and ‘Writing and Conceptualising French Sport’, and continue to work on these and related areas. "
The CARA postdoctoral fellowship is co-funded by the Irish Research Council and the EU Commission through the Marie Curie programme.