Research into skateboarding is on the increase, as people are becoming more interested in what we do, how we shape local cultures and how we construct our identities.
There is also a growing network of skateboarders who have entered the world of academia themselves, in a broad range of different fields, and who often find themselves drawn to studying skateboarding as part of their research. Over the past few years I seem to have become one of them!
I’ve always been fascinated by different women’s experiences of skateboarding, and about the women who have shaped skateboarding culture here in the UK. With this in mind, myself and fellow skate-academic, Chrissy Collins, are working on a joint research paper to try and uncover some of these hidden histories, practices and experiences.
We will be sharing our initial results at the Theoretical Archaeology Group conference in Southampton later this month, in a special session dedicated to discussing skateboarding and archaeology (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/tag2016/sessionsabstracts/session32.page).
We’ve created a survey and we’d love it if you’d like to help us out by responding to our questions. It’ll take between 5-10 minutes to complete, depending on how much detail you provide. We’ve also left an email address on the survey in case you’d like to get in touch and keep up to date with the research results, though we’ll also be writing a summary for GSUK in the coming weeks. Here’s the link:
Thank you for your support!
Dani & Chrissy