Besides serving as the instructor of this class, my sports background includes (among other things) 6 years of coaching high school soccer, researching fĂștbol in Argentina, and tearing it up in the High Country Bronze Age division (I’ll let you guess if “tearing it up” means my game, or my knees).

As a sports historian, I still enjoy watching games and following the latest news, but the more you research sports, the more you discover their ugly inner workings. FIFA is an obvious case, but the IOC, NFL, NCAA, and NBA aren’t too far behind. Still, following sports is a habit that’s hard to give up–especially in how different leagues have reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sport is human drama (or soap opera); it thrills and excites us and sometimes leaves us quite depressed. And now that I have kids, it’s fun watching them follow their favorite teams or compete in high school sports.

One great perk of being a sport historian is that I (partly) conduct field research by attending matches …

stadium picture Argentina
A “research” site: Argentinos Juniors’ stadium (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Thanks for choosing to take HIS 3310 “Sports & the Making of the Americas.” I truly hope this is an exciting course and worth your time.

This semester, we will explore how sports shaped how people see themselves. The construction of identities across the Americas is the central focus of this course, but not the only one. By using sports as our lens, we will discover the transnational history of the Americas and explore the bonds/ties/connections across various regions, nations, and peoples.

What to do before the semester begins?

Take time to explore the different sections of this website; all information is also provided on the course syllabus (a .pdf version is also provided on the About page of this website).

  • Syllabus: Take some time to carefully go through the course syllabus.
  • Readings: In particular, read the blogging assignment in order to make sense of the readings for the semester. You will be asked to blog six (6) times, with at least two peer comments on those weeks. That means you will have 6-7 weeks when you don’t have to blog. Regardless, each week you should familiarize yourself with the topics and main arguments for each reading selection.
    • Please remember: the class will be split into two groups: Tuesday and Thursday groups. You only have to read the selections for your assigned group (plus any “All” selections). [Assigned Groups forthcoming based on email responses]
  • Books: We have three course textbooks. Two are rentals, and only one book (FĂștbolera) to purchase via the App State Bookstore or Amazon/Ebay — either hardcover or paperback. Make sure to have them ready.
  • WordPress & Zotero: Over the next few weeks, I will post tutorial videos on how to get started with joining the WordPress Course Website, and a Zotero 101. Make sure to watch all videos and get set up no later than by Week 02.

See you on the field! – Prof. Sibaja