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Dr. Jack Black BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Sport Studies


I am a Senior Lecturer in Sport Studies at Sheffield Hallam University.

My research examines the interrelationships between sociology, media and communications and cultural studies. I publish on topics relating to nationalism/national identity, gender, celebrity, journalism and terrorism; theoretically informed analyses of power and cultural representation; and ecological approaches to nature, culture and leisure/sport.

My work remains philosophically informed, with particular attention afforded to the relationship between philosophy and critical social theory. These interests are reflected in my teaching on Sport and the Media, Journalism and Research Philosophy.

  • About

    My PhD examined the construction, representation and framing of British identity in UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales) and Commonwealth (Australia, Canada, New Zealand) newspaper coverage of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic Games.

    This unique sample was used to explore the impact of the former British Empire in post-imperial constructions of Britishness, and how this history has been negotiated in accordance with contemporary UK identity politics and the former ‘old dominions’.

    Since completing my PhD thesis, I have published widely within the disciplines of sociology, media and communications and cultural studies.

    These publications have continued to explore my interests in identity, representation and history, with particular attention given to examining how representations of 'the past’ are reflected in mediated portrayals of collective memory.

    This has included studies of recent political events, such as the 2016 EU referendum; sporting mega-/media-events, including, the Women’s FIFA World Cup and Commonwealth Games; and, film and television portrayals of British multiculturalism.

    Sociology, media and communications, national identity and nationalism, social theory.

  • Teaching

    Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

    Health And Wellbeing

    Sport Studies

    Sport Studies

    • Sport and the Media
    • Research Matters 2
    • Sport Journalism
    • Assessment and Employability Skills
    • Undergraduate Dissertation Tutor

  • Publications

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