Australian Society for Sports History
The Australian Society for Sports History produces two main publications, which appear twice yearly. The Society's journal, Sporting Traditions, is a fully refereed journal that promotes the serious study of sport in society. Articles should deal with the economic, political, social, legal or philosophical significance of sporting activity. Whilst most of the articles in the past have been on Australian sport and have an historical focus, articles on other societies and on contemporary sport may be submitted for consideration. The journal also contains a strong reviews section. To submit manuscripts to Sporting Traditions, please contact the editor, Lionel Frost. To view books available for review or reviews that will appear in press, please look at the Book Review Register, which is updated regularly.
The ASSH Bulletin is a biannual publication that publishes local and amateur histories, award winning student essays, short articles and opinion pieces, book and conference reviews and provides information more generally about the progress of the Society. As a courtesy to members, we also publish book notices and include flyers on recent publications in ourmailouts to members. For non-members, this service is available at a fee. To submit work to the Bulletin, please contact the editor, Rachel Winterton.
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The Australian Society for Sports History (ASSH) is the pre-eminent body for the discipline in Australia and New Zealand. As such, the Society is responsible for generating a range of publications in both print and electronic form, and to this end a Publications Committee is formally constituted. According to the processes outlined in the ‘ASSH Publications Manual: Policies and Procedures’, the Publications Officer, with the endorsement of the Executive, has duly offered two year extensions to the terms of all currently serving members of the Publications Committee, with the exception of his own position of Publications Officer. The responses to these offers are indicated below:
Publications Officer – Chair of the Publications Committee
The two year term of Rob Hess expires at the end of June 2009. He is not seeking re-appointment.
Editor, Sporting Traditions
Current Editor Lionel Frost accepted a two year extension of his term. His term will now expire at the end of June 2011.
Reviews Editor, Sporting Traditions
Current Reviews Editor Rob Hess accepted a two year extension of his term. His term will now expire at the end of June 2011.
Editor, ASSH Studies
The ASSH Studies series is now discontinued.
Editor, ASSH Bulletin
The two year term of current Editor, ASSH Bulletin, Tara Magdalinski expires at the end of June 2009. She declined to accept a two year extension of her term.
Editor, ASSH Electronic (including ASSH website)
Current Editor, ASSH electronic, Tara Magdalinski accepted a two year extension of her term. Her term will now expire at the end of June 2011.
The procedure for filling vacancies on the Publications Committee is outlined in the following extract, taken from the ‘ASSH Publications Manual: Policies and Procedures’:
6. Election and Selection of Members of the Publications Committee
Based on the structure outlined in Appendix One, Members of the Publications Committee are either elected or selected according to the following schedule:
i) At least fourteen days prior to the Annual Meeting at which office bearers of the Society are elected, the Secretary shall arrange to advertise (in various ASSH publications) forthcoming vacancies for the Publications Committee. Potential applicants must be members of the Society and will be required to submit to the Secretary a two-page application outlining relevant qualifications and experience in respect to the duties specified in Appendix One (Applications can be received up until a date and time specified by the Secretary).
ii) The outgoing Board prior to the Annual Meeting will then consider applications for the position of Publications Officer. The Board will then appoint a Publications Officer who will serve as an Appointed Director for a period of two years (Note: This appointment should then be endorsed by the newly-elected Board at its first meeting following the Annual Meeting).
iii) The Publications Officer then has the responsibility of assessing applications and selecting other members of the Publications Committee, who will serve a term of two years (renewable for a further period of two years).
iv) The Board must formally endorse all selections made by the Publications Officer, and the Publications Officer is not permitted to serve concurrently as an elected Board member during his or her term of office.
v) While it is preferable that all six positions on the Publications Committee be filled separately, the Publications Officer has the authority to appoint applicants who may assume simultaneous responsibilities for preferably no more than two of the other positions.
vi) Should casual vacancies occur during the stipulated term of office, it is the responsibility of the Publications Officer to advertise such vacancies and make any necessary appointments (which must then be endorsed by the Board).
Thus, members of the Society who wish to nominate themselves for the two vacancies on the Publications Committee (that is, Publications Officer, and Editor, ASSH Bulletin) are required to submit a two-page application outlining relevant qualifications and experience in respect to the duties described in the relevant position descriptions, which can be found by clicking here.
Applications should be sent as Word attachments by receipted email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Claire Parker, c/- University of New England, School of Education, Armidale, NSW 2351.
The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 29 May 2009.
Back issues of Sporting Traditions (except for the three most recent issues) are available on-line from the Virtual Archive of the LA84 Foundation in
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For information on the contents of each issue of Sporting Traditions, please click on the relevant volume number.
Volume 1 (1984/1985) Issue 1 Issue 2
The ASSH Bulletin appears twice yearly and is an outlet for shorter articles, amateur histories, book & conference reviews, book notices and any other information that should be distributed to members. Notices of books written or edited by members will be included free of charge.
Back issues of the Bulletin can be purchased by members at the sale price of $1 each. For orders, please click here.
From time to time, ASSH publishes ASSH Studies as separate volumes. Available volumes include:
Andrew Moore & Andy Carr (eds) Centenary Reflections: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia, ISBN 978-0-9804815-2-5
Centenary seasons in sport are opportune occasions for reflection, if not crystal-ball gazing. In this volume of ASSH Studies, Australia’s leading practitioners in the social history of rugby league football concentrate their attention on a range of issues that have marked the development of the code. Community and identity, race and racism, class and culture, and commerce and industrial relations, are just some of the enduring themes tackled from a critical perspective. Comprised of fourteen chapters with a number of evocative images, the publication of Centenary Reflections: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia represents an important landmark in the scholarship of Australian rugby league.
Centenary Reflections: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia includes contributions by Lindsay Barrett, James Connor, Drew Cottle, Braham Dabscheck, Guy Hansen, Ian Heads, Charles Little, John Low, Andrew Moore, Bob Moore, Erik Nielsen, Rodney Noonan, and Chris Valiotis. The Series Editor’s Introduction is provided by Rob Hess.
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Thomas V. Hickie, Anthony T. Hughes, Deborah Healey & Jocelynne A. Scutt (eds) Essays in Sport and the Law, ISBN 978-0-9804815-1-8
This volume of ASSH Studies is devoted to the crucial nexus between sport and the law. Comprised of 21 chapters with detailed endnotes, Essays in Sport and the Law draws on the latest research of new and established scholars. Each of the contributors not only sheds new light on problems and issues that beset contemporary sport, but collectively they reveal the important social, ethical, commercial and historical relationships that constitute the fascinating field of sport and the law.
Essays in Sport and the Law includes contributions by Warren Brandt, Charlotte Churchill, Daniel Cohen, Sean Conroy, Amy Hale, Deborah Healey, Thomas V. Hickie, Anthony T. Hughes, Nick Kipriotis, Joshua Lodge, Sachin Kumar, Justin Mining, Jason Ng, Elizabeth Pennell, Ashley Rose, Michael Scarf, Jocelynne A. Scutt, Kimberley Sinclair, J. Kendall Smith, Steven Taylor, and Nicholas Tobias. The Series Editor’s Introduction is provided by Rob Hess.
Chris McConville (ed) A Global Racecourse: Work, Culture and Horse Sports. ISBN 978-0-9804815-0-1
This long-awaited volume of ASSH Studies brings together a variety of equine case studies from Europe and Australasia, and the contributors deftly expose histories of both rapid transition and resilient continuity in horse sports around the globe. In examining the literary and other cultures surrounding horseracing, and the gender and class relations of those who have worked in the racing industries, this anthology serves as a unique investigation into the depth, novelty and incompleteness of today's globalising of these very old sporting worlds.
A Global Racecourse: Work, Culture and Horse Sports includes contributions by Martha Bell, Mats Greiff, Susanna Hedenborg, Andrew Lemon, Chris McConville, Wayne Peake, Peter Pierce, Peter Slade, Martin Tolich, Elizabeth Willis, and Janet Winters. The Foreword is provided by Wray Vamplew. The Series Editor’s Introduction is provided by Rob Hess.
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Mary Bushby & Thomas V. Hickie (eds) Rugby History:The Remaking of the Class Game. ISBN 978-0-9757616-9-4