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Football research centre to be launched

Researchers have their eye on the ball

FROM jumpers for goalposts to the highest echelons of the beautiful game, football in all its forms will be the focus of a new research centre at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The official launch of the Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities will take place on Thursday.

Dr Annabel Kiernan, director of the centre, said: "We're very pleased that the Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities has grown so rapidly and that we have developed such strong national and international partnerships.

“The launch is a chance to bring everyone together to celebrate our success so far and to plan our 2014 programme."

Fan culture and football Italia

Kevin Moore, of the National Football Museum, will be inaugurated as an honorary fellow of the centre, and Professor Roy Krøvel, of Oslo and Askershus College of Applied Sciences, Norway, will present the opening lecture on fan culture.

Professor Berthold Schoene, Director of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences Research will address attendees and details of the centre’s seminar series will also be released.

This will include events looking at Italian and non-League football, social media and an ethnography of English football fans.

The seminars will take place in February, April, August and October next year.

From architecture to geography

MMU’s football research cluster held its first Football and its Communities conference last year before being renamed the Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities.

The interdisciplinary centre includes researchers from human geography, architecture, sports management, business, history, politics & philosophy, languages, sociology and information & communications.

The Centre also has links to colleagues at the University of Derby, University of Liverpool and Durham University.

More information about Thursday’s event is available at the Eventbrite page.

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