Martial Arts Studies conference, 23-24 May 2019, Chapman, California: Speakers line up

Great news from Paul Bowman:


"I am delighted to share with you the list of confirmed speakers for our next conference (23-24 May 2019, Chapman, California), co-organised by Andrea Molle and me.


Remember - registration is free. If you want tickets, please just email me ( to request them.


Here is the line up:


A. Alexander Antonopoulos (Concordia University) Courage of Truth: Foucault, Kynic Culture, and Dog Brothers Martial Arts


Kyle Barrowman (Martial Arts Studies Journal) Inventing MMA: On the Political and Cultural Formation of a Concept


Spencer Bennington (University of South Florida) Rhetorical Roundhouse Kicks: Taekwondo as Political Argument: from Hyper-nationalism to Contemporary Korean Reunification Dialogues


Sonja Bickford (University of Nebraska Kearney) Cultural Differences in Leadership Development through Martial Arts Training: comparing USA, U.K. Australia, and Finland


Heiko Bittmann (Kanazawa University) and Martin Meyer (Vechta) Why do people train Martial Arts? Participation Motives of German and Japanese Karateka


Ian Blechschmidt (Northwestern) Transnational Kung Fu Comics and American Masculinity


Paul Bowman (Cardiff University) The Invention of Martial Arts: Popular Culture Between Asia and America


Brigid Burke (Toronto) “Being Mean” and “Spazzing Out”: Social Calibration and Intensity Management in Mixed Martial Arts


Laurent Chircop-Reyes (Aix-Marseille Université) Reviving China Society Through Martial Arts Culture: ‘Tianjin’s Alliance of Warriors’ (1910-1928) As an Instrument for Nationalism


Gerry Chisolm (Women's Martial Arts Network) Envisioning African History: The Wakanda Effect on Real Black Women in the Martial Arts


Aidan Collier (University of Victoria) Martial Realism: “The Fight” as Artifact and Ideology


T.J. Desch-Obi (City University of New York, Baruch College) The Liberating Stick: Afro-Colombian martial arts and the struggle for liberation in the Cauca


Gabriel Facal (Aix-Marseille Université) Heritage policies and sustainable development: Pencak silat performances as touristic media in Banten and West Java


Thomas A. Green (Texas A&M University) The 52 Hand Blocks, Sexual Dominance, and Mother Dear as Archetype


Lauren Miller Griffith (Texas Tech University) The Serious Side of Leisure: Capoeira and Social Justice in the U.S.


Leo Istas (German Sport University Cologne) Martial Arts Studies in Germany: A Case Study


Daniel Jaquet (Morges Castle Military Museum, and University of Bern) Fight like a true German! National-socialism propaganda and late medieval European martial arts


Noah C.G. Johnson (University of Iowa) Karate and the Cultural Politics of the United States in Three Movements


Benjamin N. Judkins (Cornell University, & Martial Arts Studies), Title TBC


Steven G Jug (Baylor University) Technique and Terror: SAMBO as Martial Art, Military Training, and Stalinist Masculinity


Peter Katz (Pacific Union College) Hakama, Hooligans, Hoodies: Martial arts clothing and affective habits of violence from Victorian London to Tapout


Anna Kavoura (University of Jyväskylä) “Just existing is activism”: Experiences of discrimination and coping strategies of gender and sexual minorities in martial arts


William Little (University of Victoria), Martial Arts on the Path to the Non-Fascist Life: Reflections on Politics and Violence


Peter Lorge (Vanderbilt University), Wrestling with The Wrestling Record (Jiaoli Ji)


Ayanda Masilela (Washington) Developing liberatory curricula in the practice of martial arts: anti-racism and beyond


Paul McCarthy (UCLA Martial Arts), Self-Defense – How a small socio-political idea demonized this broad term on campuses in the USA


Daniella Medeiros, Andressa Saboya (Santa Cecilia University, Santos/SP, Brazil) Motivational factors for the personalized Muay Thai training for women


Martin Meyer (Vechta) Kurobune and kayfabe – The staging of Japanese-American wrestling bouts


Jared Miracle (Independent Scholar) ‘Wednesday. Late Night. Bring a Sword’. Folk Martial Arts of Rural Japan


Andrea Molle (Chapman University), Title TBC


Daniel Mroz (University of Ottowa) Spontaneous Generations – Chaos to Pattern in the Conceptualization of Martial Art


Janet O’Shea (UCLA) MMA Progressives and Far-Right Fight Clubs: Martial Arts as a Model for Agonistic Democracy


Moisés Park (Baylor University) Mirageman (2007): A Chilean Martial Arts and “Superhero” Film, Sex and Cult


Scott Park Phillips (author, Possible Origins) The Enchanted Roots of Internal Martial Arts


Jaida Kim Samudra (Asian Perspectives: The Journal of Archaeology for Asia and the Pacific) Silat Bangau Putih as Universal Science: Political Strategies of Inclusivity in a Chinese Indonesian Martial Art School


Maija Soderholm (author, The Liar, the Cheat and the Thief: Deception and the Art of Swordplay) Random Flow and the Art of Deception: Teaching Tactical Thinking Through Sword Play


Glenn-Eilif Solberg (University of Bergen) How does war become sport? From military patrols to #OlympicPeace


Mariángeles Soto-Díaz (independent artist) Everyday Grappling Operations


Lauren Steimer (University of South Carolina) Labor Politics in Stunt Craft Networks: Divergent Attempts to Diversify Martial Arts Practice on Screen


Qays Stetkevych (Cardiff University) Grappling with White Nationalism and Viking Heritag


Mariana Harumi Cruz Tsukamoto, Claudia Uribe Chinen, Tanya Gomez (University of São Paulo) Women in Kendo: perspective of Latin American practitioners


Sixt Wetzler (Solingen Blade Museum), Asian Arts for Aryans, Western Ways of Warriors: On the Connections of Martial Arts and Fascism


Luke White (Middlesex University) Otherness and the Martial Arts in Maya Deren’s Meditation on Violence (1949)


Guodong Zhang (Southwest University, Beibei) Thomas A. Green, Jared Miracle. From Kongfu to Wushu: Political Application of Chinese Martial Arts


Best wishes,



As you can see, there's three members of our dvs-commission "Martial Arts and Combat Sports" included: Leo Istas, Martin Joh. Meyer and Sixt Wetzler. All the best, guys!