What pies tell us about the beautiful game – TRU Newsroom

March 1, 2022 at 4:25 pm  Education, Kamloops, News

Culinary Arts, in collaboration with Tourism Management, presents “Lunch and Learn 2.0” (lunch included) with Dr. Mike Cronin. This talk will explore the significance of the pie in British history and will interrogate why it is the pie, above all else, that is eaten at football grounds around the country. The paper will explain how the pie has become a key economic signifier of the modern game, how regional and diasporic tastes have been integrated into the football pie, and how the development of modern stadia has led to a battle over what ‘authentic football’ means. In this, the idea that ‘football without the fans is nothing’ has become an anti-capitalist mantra, and it is the pie that can be viewed as one manifestation of such fan-based nostalgia for a previous (imagined) golden age.

 

Mike Cronin is a Professor in Irish Studies and the Director of Boston College in Ireland. He has worked extensively in twentieth-century Irish history and in particular on the relationship between sport and identity. He is the author of Sport and Nationalism: Gaelic Games, Soccer and Irish National Identity (1999), with Daryl Adair, Wearing the Green: A History of St Patrick’s Day (2002), with Mark Duncan and Paul Rouse, The GAA: A People’s History (2009), Sport: A Very Short Introduction (2014), and with Kevin Marston, The Football Hoax: Boston’s Social Elites, Myth Making and the Origins of the Game (2022).

 

RSVP: to Gurjit Lalli by March 8 glalli@tru.ca. As this is a served lunch, please confirm your vaccination status with Gurjit upon registration.  Seats are limited to 70 (tables of eight can be booked).

 

Lunch included: Meat pie (vegetarian choice available on request), pickled vegetable, complementary sauce, dessert, coffee/tea.

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