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Postcolonial Diplomacy and the Public Culture of Sport: Britain and India, 1946-1996

Project description

Sporting diplomacy

Following India's independence from British rule, cricket and other British sports introduced during the colonial period created the necessary base for cultural and diplomatic relations between these former opponents. The EU-funded SPORTDIPL project proposes to examine the period between 1946 and 1996 to determine to what extent the relations between the two governments and the sport associations facilitated diplomacy. It will also consider how sportsmen and fans were used by the media of the two countries to create racial, ethnic, gender and class hierarchies. Finally, the goal is to explain the role of nationalism and national identity in mobilising supporters of the sport teams.


Net EU contribution
€ 224 933,76
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
United Kingdom

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North East (England) Tees Valley and Durham Durham CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 224 933,76