Joint AHRC Network Bid in progress. Co-investigator: Veronique Chance.
The overall objective of this research network is to disrupt existing discourses around the cultural understanding, study and practices of running beyond its typical framing within sports/fitness studies.
The Running Cultures Research Network (RCRN) will facilitate a critical re-evaluation of running as a creative, hybrid, innovative, inclusive tool and activity, and lay the groundworks to establish ‘Running Studies’ as an important field of study, worthy of wider recognition, both within and outside academia. RCRN builds on the track record of 3 previous Run! Run! Run! events held in 2014. 2016 and 2018, which also led to the Running Cultures Research Group (active since in 2014 on JISC Mail), to further the work of the group into a formalised, recognised network.
RCRN will draw attention to running cultures as an emergent, important, critical field of study…to further support and develop the assertion that running continues 'to elude serious study outside the natural sciences' (Bale, 2004).
Press release / expanded info:
How can existing discourses around the cultural understanding, study and practice of running be disrupted and reframed, as a serious, emergent, radical, critical field of study? How can running be understood as a revolutionary, innovative and creative social practice?
Objectives of this initiative are to:
Run! Run! Run! Biennale 2018 #r3fest
Run! Run! Run! article on Tumblr
An exploration of running as metaphor, methodology, material through the RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale #r3fest 2016
Thames Run: Source to Sea on Veronique Chance's website
Thames Run (Greater London) on Veronique Chance's website
London to Cambridge Run Commute on Veronique Chance's website