Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • History of sport
  • History of emotions
  • History of race
  • History of sexuality
  • History of visual images

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Matthew Klugman

Matthew Klugman is a teacher and researcher at Victoria University.

His research spans several fields, including the intersecting histories of sports, emotions, race, gender, sexuality, medicine, science, migration, the visual, and bodies.

Among other things, Matthew’s research examines the meaning and affects of sport, the consequences of forgetting as well as remembering, the complexities and effects of sporting passions, the iconography of sport, and the cultures of whiteness which so often shape modern sport.

Matthew has received an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher (DECRA) Fellowship.

His book (with Gary Osmond) Black and Proud (NewSouth, 2013), won a 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Award, the 2015 Australian Society for Sports History Book Award, and was named one of the Times Higher Education Books of 2015.

Matthew has been an executive member of the Australian Society for Sports History (ASSH) since 2009.

Qualifications

  • PhD, History, University of Melbourne, 2009
  • MA, History & Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne, 2001
  • BSc (Hons), History & Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne, 1996.

Key publications

Year Citation
2015 Klugman, M. (150101). Get excited, people!: Online fansites and the circulation of the past in the preseason hopes of sports followers (pp. 132-156).

Year Citation
2019 Osmond, G., & Klugman, M. (190403). A forgotten picture: Race, photographs and Cathy Freeman at the Northcote Koori Mural. Journal of Australian Studies, 43(2), (203-217).

doi: 10.1080/14443058.2019.1581247

2019 Klugman, M. (190403). Genus barracker : Masculinity, race, and the disruptive pleasures of rowdy partisanship in 1880s Melbourne. Australian Historical Studies, 50(2), (171-187).

doi: 10.1080/1031461X.2018.1561733

2017 Klugman, M. (170601). The passionate, pathologized bodies of sports fans: How the digital turn might facilitate a new cultural history of modern spectator sports. Journal of Sport History, 44(2), (306-321).
2016 Klugman, M. (161121). Female spectators, agency, and the politics of pleasure: An historical case study from australian rules football. International Journal of the History of Sport, 33(17), (2086-2104).

doi: 10.1080/09523367.2017.1332047

2016 Klugman, M., & Hess, R. (160921). Towards a Pre-History of Disability Sport in Victoria, Australia. International Journal of the History of Sport, 33(14), (1669-1681).

doi: 10.1080/09523367.2017.1296432

2016 Klugman, M., & Phillips, G. (160101). The Land We Play On: Equality doesn't mean justice. Griffith Review, 53 (185-197).
2015 Gorman, S., Judd, B., Reeves, K., Osmond, G., Klugman, M., & McCarthy, G. (151102). Aboriginal Rules: The Black History of Australian Football. International Journal of the History of Sport, 32(16), (1947-1962).

doi: 10.1080/09523367.2015.1124861

2015 Klugman, M. (150101). I Love Him in an Absolutely Gay Way : Heterodox Fragments of the Erotic Desires, Pleasures, and Masculinity of Male Sports Fans. Men and Masculinities, 18(2), (193-213).

doi: 10.1177/1097184X15584911

2014 Ricatti, F., & KLUGMAN, M. (140501). La passione calcistica degli italiani in Australia. AltreItalie: international journal of studies on the peoples of Italian origin in the world, 48(gennaio-giugno), (81-101).

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Towards a Digital History of Disability Sport and Recreation
From: Disability Sport and Recreation
Investigators: Dr Robert Hess, Dr Fiona Mclachlan
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed

Towards a digital history of netball Victoria.
From: Netball Victoria
Investigators: Dr Fiona Mclachlan, Dr Robert Hess
For period: 2015-2016
Not disclosed

Using AFC 2015 to develop a bilateral research partnership around sport exchange and diplomacy.
From: Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF)
Investigators: Dr Brent Mcdonald
For period: 2014-2015
$8,000

Modern Mania: The Emergence of Passionate Spectator Sport Cultures in Melbourne, Manchester and Boston
From: ARC - DECRA
For period: 2013-2015
$400,402

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
3 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor
PhD (3) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
3 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (3) Associate supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Matthew teaches and convenes the following VU units:

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jul 2014 - Dec 2019
Visiting Fellow
Boston College
Jan 2014 - Jul 2014
Visiting Fellow
University of Central Lancashire
Jan 2002 - Dec 2004
Research Fellow
University of Melbourne
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jul 2014 -
Dec 2019
Visiting Fellow
Boston College
Jan 2014 -
Jul 2014
Visiting Fellow
University of Central Lancashire
Jan 2002 -
Dec 2004
Research Fellow
University of Melbourne

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
Research Fellow
National Sports Museum
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
Research Fellow
National Sports Museum

Awards

Year Award
2015

NSW Premier’s Literary Award - NSW Government

2015

Australian Society for Sports History Book Award - Australian Society for Sports History

Professional memberships

  • General member, Australian Historical Association
  • Executive Committee Member, Australian Society for Sports History
  • General member, North American Society for Sport History
  • General member, British Society of Sports History
  • General member, Royal Historical Society of Victoria

Media appearances

03rd October 2019

The AFL sells an inclusive image of itself. But when it comes to race and gender, it still has a way to go

Conversation article examining what the AFL needs to do in order to be as equal and inclusive as it wants to be.