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Toronto to Host Symposium on Women’s Boxing, June 21-22
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(MAY 27) Toronto, ON – Fighting Women: A Symposium on Women’s Boxing is a two-day event bringing together authors, academics, boxing scholars, coaches, filmmakers, and journalists who chronicle women’s boxing. A total of nineteen presenters from Canada, United States, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Finland, and Australia are taking part in the first scholarly event dedicated to examining women’s professional and amateur boxing, past and present.

The legacy of women’s boxing, including women fighting for financial gain, traces back to the first half of the 18th century. Yet women’s amateur boxing only became legalized in many parts of the Americas in the 1990s. There are now over 120 international boxing federations with registered female competitors, and the debut of women’s boxing at the London Olympics placed it on an international stage.

This two-day symposium seeks to explore the diverse ways women have participated in amateur and professional boxing. The purpose will be to investigate women’s involvement in boxing in its broadest sense, from historical, ethnographic, cultural, and artistic perspectives. This cross-genre approach hopes to take into account the multiple, often intersecting, aspects of this exploitative and dysfunctional, yet equally compelling and beautiful, sport.

A public screening of The Boxing Girls of Kabul, followed by a Q & A with Director, Ariel Nasr will take place at 5 pm on Friday, June 21. In this feature documentary, a remarkable group of young Afghan women dream of representing their country as boxers at the Olympics, and embark on a journey of both personal and political transformation. See website for details: www.fighting-women.com.

About Fighting Women: A Symposium on Women’s Boxing

Fighting Women is an event hosted by Brock University and will be held June 21-22, 2013 at The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W., Toronto.

The symposium is organized by Dr. Cathy van Ingen, Brock University, Canada; Dr. Benita Heiskanen, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, Finland; and Dr. Anju Reejhsinghani, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, U.S.A.

For more information, please visit www.fighting-women.com

Contact

To learn more about the Fighting Women: A Symposium on Women’s Boxing, please contact:

Cathy van Ingen, PhD
Associate Professor
Kinesiology
Brock University
(416) 845.0755
cathy.vaningen@brocku.ca
 

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