Some information about me
I am professor of Sociology and Head of Department at the Open University. My main interests lie in the area of material feminist theories and methodologies and in the exploration of gender identities and diversity, most recently in the field of sport, in CRESC and in the Open University Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG).I work regulatory practices in sport and, particularly on the capacities of boxing to generate affects which extend beyond the field of sport. I am currently working on a handbook in the CRESC Routledge series, Understanding Sport with Alan Tomlinson, Garry Whannel and John Horne. Recent CRESC research as focused on materiality of sport, published in a special edition of Soccer and Society, Sounds and Things (January 2011). I am on the editorial boards of the Journal of Leisure Studies, Sport and I work on the connections between art and sport including making a film, The Bloody Canvas for RTE, in 2010 and currently the Art of Sport for the 2012 Olympics. I am also part of a research group working on archiving at the British Library and am creating an archive on sex, gender and the games and have a forthcoming single authored book Sex, Power and Games (Palgrave 2011). I have just completed a project on Sport Across Diasporas for the AHRC large grant, Tuning In: Diasporic Contact Zones at BBC World Service, some of which is to be published in a special edition of the journal m c in April, 2011.
Recent work has developed feminist materialist critiques for example in Embodied Sporting Practices; Regulating Bodies, Regulatory Bodies, Palgrave, 2009, focuses upon the relationship between the bodies that regulate sport, including broadcast agencies like the BBC and the material bodies that engage in sporting practices. I am on the editorial team for the forthcoming Objects and Materials: a Routledge Companion, which has been developed in CRESC Theme 4. I a I have particular interest in feminist critiques and the developments of feminist theories and in feminist methodologies which were explored further in my 2009 Ethnography article, and with Sophie Woodward, in Why Feminism Matters, a set of cross generational dialogues within feminism which we are exploring further through the CRESC Feminism and its Methods (FAIM) Group.
Refereed Journal Papers
Kath Woodward (2005), 'On and Off the Pitch: Diversity policies and transforming identities?', CRESC Working Paper 008.
, 'British Fair Play: Sport Across Diasporas at the BBCWS', available at Link.
Infrastructures of Social Change
A critique of presence in sport spectatorship and sensation, and the tensions and intersections between being at the event and viewing on screen or listening. Making of a documentary film about...
This project aims to explore the notion of being ‘in the zone’ in different fields including sport and music and the affect and sensation of the relation ships between bodies, objects and...
This project focuses on the regulatory practices of the IOC and the Olympic movement and the embodied practices of participants in the run up to 2012.