Department of Business Management, Sport and Events Subject Group
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Fiona Skillen is a lecturer in Sport and Events. Her research interests concern modern history, in particular aspects of sport, gender, politics, social policy, health and changes in popular culture. She is particularly interested in the influence which dominant discourses concerning gender and modernity had on women’s popular culture. Her PhD research focused specifically on the ways in which these discourses impinged on and were negotiated by women who wished to participate in sport within the interwar period.
My current research builds on my PhD research, focusing on women’s participation in sport in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. In addition to this I am also working on projects focusing on the sporting heritage of Glasgow and the history of Scotland’s role in the Commonwealth Games.
'Women and Sport in Interwar Britain', Skillen, F. (Peter Lang, Oxford, 2013)
'The Role of Sports in the Formation of Personal Identities: Studies in Community Loyalties', Hughson, J., Skillen, F. and Palmer, C. (Eds.) (Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012)
'Women and Sport History', Osborne, C. and Skillen, F. (Eds.), (Routledge, 2011) – originally issued as a Special issue of Sport in History (Issue 2:2, 2010)
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
'“Woman and the Sport Fetish": Modernity, consumerism and sports participation in interwar Britain’, International Journal of Sports History, (Vol 29:15, 2012, pp750-765)
'“It’s possible to play the game marvellously and at the same time look pretty and be perfectly fit": Sport, Women and Fashion in Interwar Britain’, Costume, (Volume 47: May, 2012, pp165-179)
‘The State of Play: Women and Sport History’, with Carol Osborne, Women and Sport, special issue of Sport in History, Skillen, F. and Osborne, C. (Eds), (Issue 2:2, 2010, pp189-195)
‘Leisure, Recreation and Self-Improvement in a Scottish Mining Community. The Archives of the Wanlockhead Museum Trust’, Scottish Archives, (Issue 16, 2010, pp109-123)
'‘‘A Sound System of Physical Training": The Development of Girls’ Sports Education in Interwar Scotland’, Education and Citizenship in Modern Scotland, special issue of History of Education, (Vol. 38: 3, 2009, pp403-18).
Chapters in Books (peer-reviewed):
‘Women’s Sporting Participation in Interwar Britain’, F Skillen and C Osborne, in Routledge International Handbook of Sport, Gender, and Sexuality, Jennifer Hargreaves and Eric Anderson (Eds), (Routledge, London, 2013).
'‘‘Women and Sport a change in taste": Identity and sports participation in Interwar Britain’ in Consuming Modernity, Changing Gendered Behaviours and Consumerism, 1919-1940, Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, (Eds), (University of British Columbia Press, British Columbia, 2013, pp124-163).
‘Gender, Sport, Science: The Selected Writings of Roberta J Park’, J.A. Mangan and P. Vertinsky (eds), Sport in History, (Volume 31:2, 2011, pp238-256)
‘Managing the Body’, I Zweiniger-Bargielowska, (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011), Women’s History Review, (forthcoming, 2013)