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Glasgow Caledonian University
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Sport history, gender history, twentieth century history, Scottish sport, Commonwealth games, oral history, women’s sport
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Professor Fiona Skillen is a professor in History at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research focuses on the historical development of women’s sport in Britain. Her ground breaking work emphasises a new way of looking at women’s sporting past by examining ‘sites of participation’, places such as schools, work places and municipal provision in addition to the more traditional focus on clubs and sports institutions. In doing so her work highlights the ways in which sport was integrated in to women’s everyday lives and also provides a clearer understanding of the development of many popular contemporary sports such as tennis, golf and hockey. Her monograph, ‘Women, Sport and Modernity’ (2013) draws on this research. She has also worked on media representations of sportswomen, advertising, sports clothing and the public and medical debates surrounding women’s increased participation in physical activities. Recently, she has worked on the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, oral history methodologies and golf history.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Sports, Women