I am delighted/overwhelmed to have been made Professor of Performance and Physical Culture at Loughborough University. The promotion process was so wonderfully positive and supportive. I felt entirely surrounded by people on my side, even through the rigours of the system. I could not be more grateful to my family, friends, colleagues and collaborators. I commit to being the sort of professor that I promised myself I would be when I got my first academic job; so if I can be of any help to you, especially if you are feeling in a precarious position/don't know the next step/feel excluded in any way from academia, then please don't hesitate to contact me.
Over the past few months, Sam and I have had some wonderful conversations with wrestlers, academics and creatives as part of the Grappling Arts podcast. We have discussed such a wide range of topics: wrestling and physical culture, how we can reimagine wrestling as a form of feminist resistance, local and global cultures of wrestling, and much, much more. Do check out the new episodes if this interests you. Coming soon will be a recording of our roundtable on Collaborative Touch (with Tom Dawkins, Claire Heafford, Dominic Malcolm, Gareth McNarry and me) which we presented as part of the LU Arts Interface Festival this month, and an episode with wonderful performance maker Heather Bandenburg.
Today we launched the Health and Wellbeing in Professional Wrestling project website. We are delighted with the look of it and hope to be regularly updating this website to document our findings, next steps and making the outputs available to the general public. This project, funded by the British Academy, aims to conduct a supportive healthcheck of British professional wrestling. We have now completed the interview phase and are working through all the mounds of data we have gathered over the past four months. We are really excited to share the outcomes of this project. Do keep an eye on the website if you want to know more: wrestling-research.lboro.ac.uk/
Well, 2021 is zooming by, isn't it?