Georgia Cervin

Dr, BA Hons Otago, PhD W.Aust

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 19 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
20152020

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Personal profile

Biography

I am a cultural historian who uses sport to examine issues of gender, race and class in society around the world. I have worked extensively on women's gymnastics, contributing to broader socio-cultural studies on learning, age, and abuse in the sport. A book based on my doctoral thesis, which focused on the history of women's gymnastics during the Cold War, is due to be published at the end of 2020. This book actively addresses the issues of abuse seen in the sport today, locating their foundations in the gendered construction of gymnastics and the Cold War imperative to win at any cost.

More broadly, my research continues to focus on women in sport, politics and sport diplomacy, and the governance of interntional sport. I recently co-edited a collecction that demonstrates women's extensive involvement in sport organisations over the twentieth century. That book, Histories of Women's Work in Global Sport, was shortlisted by the North American Society for Sport History, for best anthology.

I am based in Wellington, New Zealand.

Industrial relevance

My work in sport history and sporting cultures informs sporting institutions on best practice with regard to governance, policy and coaching. My study of sport as cultural history also illuminates the historical soft power value of sport, lending itself to the formulation of more contemporary public policy and international relations through sporting diplomacy.

Funding overview

2020, European Union Horizon 2020, (Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Fellowship).

2018, UWA History Discipline Group (Patricia Crawford Award).

2016, International Olympic Committee (PhD Student Research Grant).

2015-2016, Centrum för Idrottsforskning (Swedish Sport Science Fund), with Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Astrid Schubring, Roslyn Kerr, and Myrian Nunomura.

2014, UWA Frank Broeze Memorial Award.

2014, UWA Postgraduate Student Association Travel Award.

2014, UWA Graduate Research School Travel Award.

2013 – 2016, UWA Top-Up Scholarship.

2013 – 2016, Australian Postgraduate Award

2014, São Paulo Research Foundation, with Myrian Nunomura, Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Roslyn Kerr, and Astrid Schubring.

2014 – 2015, Lincoln University Research Fund , with Roslyn Kerr, Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Astrid Schubring, and Myrian Nunomura.

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, The University of Western Australia

History, BA (Hons), University of Otago

Research expertise keywords

  • Sports history
  • Gymnastics
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports management
  • Gender
  • Olympics
  • Cold War
  • Governance

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Research Output

Histories of Women's Work in Global Sport: A Man's World?

Cervin, G. (ed.) & Nicolas, C. (ed.), 20 Dec 2019, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

  • Perfectionisation of women’s artistic gymnastics

    Cervin, G., Apr 2020, Women's Artistic Gymnastics: Socio-cultural Perspectives. Kerr, R., Barker-Ruchti, N., Stewart, C. & Kerr, G. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Routledge, 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

  • “Gymnasts Are Like Wine, They Get Better With Age”: Becoming and Developing Adult Women’s Artistic Gymnasts

    Barker-Ruchti, N., Kerr, R., Schubring, A., Cervin, G. & Nunomura, M., 28 Oct 2016, In : Quest. 69, 3, p. 348-365 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Acrobatisation and establishment of pixie-style women’s artistic gymnastics

    Cervin, G., Apr 2020, Women's Artistic Gymnastics: Socio-cultural Perspectives. Kerr, R., Barker-Ruchti, N., Stewart, C. & Kerr, G. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Routledge, 13 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

  • Prizes

    2016, Finalist, Routledge Prize

    Georgia Cervin (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Finalist, Best Edited Book

    Georgia Cervin (Recipient), 2020

    Prize: Other distinction

    Activities

    • 4 Contribution or participation in a conference
    • 3 Publication peer review
    • 1 Editorial activity
    • 1 Membership of professional association

    New Zealand Historical Association Biennial Conference

    Georgia Cervin (Organiser)
    28 Nov 201930 Nov 2019

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference

    ISSA World Congress of Sociology of Sport

    Georgia Cervin (Participant)
    Apr 2019

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference

    The International Journal of the History of Sport (Journal)

    Georgia Cervin (Reviewer)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer review

    De Gruyter Mouton (Publisher)

    Georgia Cervin (Reviewer)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

    Treasurer, New Zealand Historical Association (External organisation)

    Georgia Cervin (Member)
    20182020

    Activity: MembershipsMembership of professional association