Holly Cashman will give the talk "Doing knowing fútbol: gender & epistemics in interaction" | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Thursday November 29 at 4:00 PM in Herter Hall 301,  Dr. Holly Cashman, from the University of New Hampshire, will give the talk "Doing knowing fútbol: gender & epistemics in interaction in Spanish-language broadcast soccer discourse."


This paper presents an analysis of the U.S. Spanish-language television broadcasts of the Mexican and U.S. teams’ games during group play (the initial stage) of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, a quadrennial international competition founded in 1991, the 2011 iteration of which was held in Germany in June and July 2011. The data consist of a total of six matches, approximately 2 hours of broadcast talk per match. The analysis focuses on three main elements: (1) descriptions of and references to players, from lexical choice (e.g. “women” vs. “girls”) to nickname use, (2) framing of the game and of participants’ play, especially with regards to players’ actions and notions of athleticism and power, and (3) construction of announcers’ expertise and authority. The paper shows that this complicated negotiation is the result of an ambivalence toward the inclusion of women as valid participants in the male-dominated, aggressive and competitive world of sports.


The event, organized by Prof. Patricia Gubitosi, is sponsored by the Program of Spanish and Portuguese and by the Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.