Dr Mike O’Mahony awarded a two-year Leverhulme Research Fellowship
29 May 2009
Dr Mike O’Mahony of the Department of History of Art has been awarded a two-year Leverhulme Research Fellowship worth £31,076 for a project entitled ‘The Visual Culture of Sport and the Olympic Games’
This project will explore the intersections between visual culture and sports history. The emergence of sport as a popular, frequently controversial, social activity has been a characteristic feature of the modern era. This, in turn, has generated a proliferation of representations of sport in many forms of visual culture, from the traditional art media of painting and sculpture to photography, film and the decorative arts. With the London Olympic Games on the horizon, this project will consider how popular conceptions of sport and its socio-political significance, particularly the Olympic movement, have been articulated and mediated through the work of artists, filmmakers and designers. It will also focus in detail on the little researched Olympic art competitions held as part of the Olympic festivals between 1908 and 1948. Research will be conducted at the Olympic Museum and Archive in Lausanne and the project will result in a monograph to be entitled ‘Olympic Visions: The Games in Visual Culture’.