Longhorns in Leeds
Posted: July 1, 2013
Dr. Ben Carrington with students in Leeds, England, 2013.
Dr. Ben Carrington takes students to Leeds, England, for a Maymester course to learn about English identity through the prism of sports. The course, called "Sport and English Society," is organized by the Study Abroad Office at UT Austin and runs from May through June each year.
Sport occupies a significant place within English society; from the centrality of cricket in helping to shape the British empire, to the importance of soccer ("football") in promoting the varied national identities within the UK, to the ways in which women and racial minorities have used sport to achieve social mobility and recognition, sport remains one of the most important ways to understand the changing nature of English society in the 21st century.
The course is located in Leeds, a diverse metropolis, known for its culture and sporting teams. Given this unique location, the Maymester enables students to explore the internal divisions around class and region that are central to understanding English identity, particularly the tensions between "the north" and "the south," as well as discover the origins of American football and baseball.