Dr. John Harris

Date: Wednesday 14th October 2015
Time: 4 – 5:30pm
Room: 1.1
Topic: Rugby, Celebrity and Style

Dr. John HarrisSpeaker: Dr John Harris, Reader, Department of Business Management, GSBS

Seminar brief

With the Rugby World Cup currently taking place in this country the profile of the sport of rugby union has rarely been higher. It is a game that has only been openly professional for twenty years but the increased commercialisation and commodification of the sport has dramatically reshaped the rugby landscape. Some of the leading players have become ‘celebrities’ and now appear beyond the sports pages in fashion magazines, popular television shows, and a range of other media. This presentation will reflect upon the rise of the sport celebrity and assesses the ways in which the rugby player moves beyond being recognised solely for any achievements on the pitch and becomes a part of wider celebrity culture. Drawing upon a discussion of style, I consider aspects of the ways in which certain athletes transcend traditional boundaries and become sites for the discussion of wider identity politics.

Speaker biography

Dr John Harris is a Reader in International Sport & Event Management at Glasgow Caledonian University where he also leads the Sport and Identities Research Cluster. He is author of Rugby Union and Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan) and of numerous articles and chapters on the cultural politics of sporting celebrity. John is Leisure and Events Subject Editor for the Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education (JoHLSTE) and also serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Sport Communication and the Journal of Sport & Tourism.