Friday, February 15 2019
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Football, Fan Anxiety, and Race

MTSU College of Education, Room 164.

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is pleased to welcome Professor Erin Tarver (Oxford College of Emory University) for a Spring Applied Philosophy Lyceum, "Bigger than Football: Fan Anxiety and Memory in the Racial Present."

Tarver will argue that understanding football fansí responses to player protests against police brutality requires recognizing the historic and contemporary role of football fandom in managing racial and gendered anxieties. In her presentation, she will draw on the work of American philosophers Josiah Royce and George Santayana, and on contemporary social science research to analyze the uses of memory by white football fans as they work through the anxiety that results when the sport fails to work in the way they expect.

Erin Tarver is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Oxford College of Emory University. She specializes in feminist philosophy, American pragmatism, and the philosophy of sport. She is the author of THE I IN TEAM: SPORTS FANDOM AND THE REPRODUCTION OF IDENTITY (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and co-editor of FEMINIST INTERPRETATION OF WILLIAM JAMES (Re-Reading the Canon Series, Penn State University Press. 2015).

An informal reception will follow the lecture at the home of Professor Michael Principe.

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