‘Bats, Balls and Boards: Islands, Beaches and Decolonising Pacific Sport’ Keynote Lecture, New Zealand Studies Association, Aveiro, Portugal, June 2018
‘Syncretic manliness: sporting masculinities from the edge of empire. A prolegomena to the decolonization of sports history’ Keynote lecture, International Society for the History of Physical Education & Sport Congress, Alexandria, Egypt, April 2017
‘Revisiting (and revising?) sports boycotts: from rugby against South Africa to soccer in Israel’ Routledge Keynote lecture, International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport Congress, Taiwan National Normal University, Taipei, August 2013.
‘Settler sport/Indigenous worlds: epistemicide, coloniality, and Rugby Union in Aotearoa New Zealand’ Institute of Historical Research Sport & Leisure History Seminar, 8November 2021.
‘Haka and Hui: coloniality, analytical blindness and Rugby Union in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ British Society of Sports History conference, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, August 2021.
‘Performing Indigeneity? Haka in/and Rugby Union in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ North American Society for the History of Sport, on-line conference, May 2021
‘Settler colonialism and the decolonisation of sociology’ British Sociological Association Study Group on Postcolonial and Decolonial Transformations, London, October 2019
‘Rethinking settler colonial rugby: problematizing sport through a decolonial lens’ North American Society for the History of Sport, Boise ID, May 2019
‘Theorising sports boycotts: a provisional view from South Africa’ Global Histories: Sport and Apartheid South Africa, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania, 19 April 2019
‘Boycotting Apartheid Sport’, Historical Association, Gloucestershire, January 2019
‘From Jo’burg to Barcelona: South Africa’s return to Olympic sport – incentives to change or lost opportunities’ International Society for the History of Physical Education & Sport Congress, Münster, Germany, July 2018
‘Returned Too Soon? Lost Opportunities in the Global Rehabilitation of South African Sport’, North American Society for the History of Sport, Winnipeg, May 2018
‘Engaging indigenous epistemologies: historians’ sources and Indigenous/Indigenizing Sport History’ Indigenous Resurgence, Regeneration, and Decolonization through Sport History workshop, University of Manitoba, May 2018
‘Performance and phenomenology from the edge of empire: Tamati Erihana and indigeneity’ 4th International Sport and Leisure History Colloquium, Manchester Metropolitan University, March 2018
‘Reading Rebellion and Racist Rugby: Literature, Prop Theory and the Springboks in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ New Zealand Studies Association, Strasbourg, July 2017
‘The Apartheid and Olympism Commission: (Re)Visiting the Rehabilitation of South African Sport’ North American Society for Sports History, Fullerton, CA, May 2017
‘Olympic Protest – The Olympic Pulpit: Using the Games for Political Gains: a commentary’ North American Society for Sports History, Fullerton, CA, May 2017
‘Historical Sources, Satirical Texts and the Anti-Apartheid in Sport Movement’ British Society for Sports History, University of Edinburgh, September 2016.
‘Irony and satire: popular culture, historical sources and the anti-apartheid in sport movement’ North American Society for the History of Sport, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, May 2016
‘Teenage Protest: Young Adult Literature and the Springboks in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ International Society for the History of Physical Education & Sport Congress, Split, Croatia, August 2015.
‘Slippery rules and porous limits: freedom, boundaries and the problem of subjectivity’ Keynote with Wendy Russell, Philosophy at Play 3, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester, June 2015.
‘International sport, cartels and political tactics: an essay’ Sport & Social Movements, British Library, London. May 2015.
‘Engaging with the Silver Screen: Sport historians reflect on filmmaking as dissemination – commentary’ North American Society for the History of Sport, Miami University, Miami FL, May 2015.
‘Reading rebellion and racist rugby: literature, prop theory and the Springboks in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ North American Society for the History of Sport, Miami University, Miami FL, May 2015.
‘Satirical Sources: critical commentaries, affectivity and the emergence of an organised anti-apartheid in sport movement’ International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport, University of Qatar/Qatar Olympic Museum, September 2014.
‘Boycotts beyond the IOC: sports boycotts, international federations and the limitations of Olympic observation’ North American Society for the History of Sport, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, May 2014.
‘Sports boycotts, international sports organisations and the politics of solidarity: the case of UEFA and Israel’ Political Studies Association, Sport Study Group Conference, Liverpool John Moore’s University, February 2014.
‘A Profound Gap – the Absence of Clubs from Sports History’ North American Society for Sports History Conference, St Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 2013.
‘What ever happened to standing on the shoulders of giants? Copying, crediting and commodification.’ North American Society for Sports History conference, Berkeley, California. June 2012
‘Standing in the cultural commons: reformulating the labour process in critical sports studies.’ Scientific Quality, Position and Relevance in Sport Studies, Department of Sport Sciences, Malmö University, April 2012.
‘Beyond Football and Frocks: Sport, Fashion and the (not so new) Cultural Economy’ Sport, Fashion and Clothing Symposium, International Football Institute & The International Fashion Institute, University of Central Lancashire September, 2011
‘Beyond the British: Sport & the British through a post-national frame’ Historians on Sport, De Montfort University, Leicester, 30 October 2010.
‘Women In the weighing room: gender discrimination on the thoroughbred racetrack.’ (with Laura-Jayne Roberts) Sport on the Peripheries, Malmö, Sweden, April 2010
‘Home is Where the Ball Is: Sport, Colonial Nationalism, and Imperial Culture in Aotearoa New Zealand’. Sport and Leisure History Seminar, Institute for Historical Research, London, December 2009.
‘Home vs. ‘Home’: Sport, Colonial Nationalism, and Imperial Culture in Aotearoa New Zealand’ International Society for the History of Physical Education & Sport Congress, Stirling, July 2009.
‘Ambiguity Within the Boundary: Re-reading C.L.R. James’s Beyond a Boundary’ Paper presented to C.L.R James and Cricket: A Look Back, St Antony’s College, Oxford, 24 July 2009
‘Playing the Imperial Game? Imperial Affinities and Colonial Nationalism in Antipodean Sport’ North American Society for Sports History, Ashville, NC, June 2009.
‘The Absence of Clubs from the History of Sports Organisations’ invited lecture, Katedra tělesné výchovy, Ostravská Univerzita v Ostravě (Department of Physical Education, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic), 27 November 2008.
‘Life worlds, life writing, and subaltern athletes: voices of difference in sports biography’ British Society of Sports History conference, University of Brighton, Eastbourne, 5-7 September 2008.
‘Sports biography and the limit of historical knowledge: exploring subaltern pasts’ People in Sport History/Sport History for People, International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport, Tartu, Estonia, 2-6 July 2008.
‘Narrating Native American Athletes: The Poetics of Mose YellowHorse’ North American Society for Sport History, Lake Placid, New York, 23-27 May, 2008.
‘Anti-apartheid boycotts and the affective economies of struggle: the case of Aotearoa/New Zealand’ To Remember Is To Resist: 40 Years of Sport and Social Change, 1968-2008’ University of Toronto, 19-22 May, 2008 (as part of an international panel ‘Crossing the Boundaries: Boycotts, Sport, and Political Goals’ that I organised.)
‘Reading West Indies Cricket; Colonised, Decolonised, or Post-colonising?’ North American Society for Sport Sociology, Pittsburgh, 31 October-3 November 2007.
‘Tripping over Indigeneity: Rugby Union, Anti-Apartheid Politics and Anti-Racism Campaigns in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ North American Society for Sport History, Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas, 25-29 May 2007.
‘A National(ist) Line in Post-Colonising Cricket: Viv Richards, Biographies and Cricketing Nationalism’ Political Studies Association, Newtown, Wales, 23-25 February 2007, and Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 2 March 2007.
‘Brawling in Berne: Mediated Transnational Moral Panics in the Football World Cup 1954’ Technical University Chemnitz, Saxony. January 2007.
‘Bouts of Kiwi Loyalty: Musical Frames and Televised Sport’ Sport and Music, University of Århus, Denmark, 27-28 September 2006.
‘The Janus Face of Colonial Sport: Parody and Civility in West Indian Cricket’ Sport, Nation, Nationalism, University of Ljubljana, 24-27 August 2006; and British Society of Sports History Conference, Lancaster, 1-3 September 2006.
‘Sport and Anthropology: European Perspectives’ American Anthropological Association conference, Washington DC, December 2005. Discussant.
‘A Right Old Bust Up: Rugby Union, Imperial Ideology, and The Springboks in New Zealand’ All Blacks and the Mother Country Conference, Museum of Rugby, Twickenham, 11-12 September 2005
‘Wronged, and Increasingly Whitened: The D’Oliviera Affair in Worcester’ British Society of Sports History, University of Glamorgan, 2-4 September 2005 (with Charlotte Law)
‘The Routine Rituals of Run-of-the-Mill Rugby: Sport, Identities and Everyday Life’ Educational and Sociological Issues in Sports And Physical Recreation Conference, University of Århus, Denmark, 8-10 December, 2004.
‘Post-colonising Post-colonialism: Colonies of Settlement, Indigenous Sport and the Absence of Data’ Paper presented to the Anthropology and Sport symposium, De Montfort University, Leicester, 4 December, 2004.
‘Abortion, Apartheid and Gays: Masculinity and Rugby Union in Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1977-1986’ British Society of Sports History, 17-18 April, 2004.
‘Playing in the Old Empire: Rugby Union and Nationhood in Post-Colonising Aotearoa/New Zealand’ Institute for Commonwealth Studies, University of London. February 22, 2002.
‘Dissident readings, disruptive players and discourse analysis: the case of rugby union in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ Cultural Studies: Between Politics and Ethics, Bath Spa University College, 6-8 July 2001.
‘Neither Irredeemably Hegemonic nor Inherently Resistive: Dominance and Dissidence in Rugby Union in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ The Nation and Sport Conference, Brunel University, London, June 13-14, 2001.
‘Spatializing Responses to Aotearoa/New Zealand’s 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour’ Sport and Space Research Seminar, School of Sport, University College of Northampton. 24 February 2001.
‘Meldodie’s Disharmonies: Women, rugby and discourses of gender in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ 2000 Pre-Olympic Congress: International Congress on Sport Science, Sports Medicine and Physical Education, Brisbane, Queensland, 7-12 September 2000.
‘Paradoxical Footballs: Cultural dynamics of football in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport Conference, Mudjimba, Queensland, 29 August-3 September 2000.
‘”Almost the same, but not quite…Almost the same but not white”: Maori and Aotearoa/New Zealand’s 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour’ International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport Conference, Mudjimba, Queensland, 29 August-3 September 2000.
‘Who Are Those Men, and Why Are They Cross with the Guy with the Shaved Head: Sport, and Religion’ VUW Religious Studies Dept, 24 September 1999.
‘Competing Fandoms and Local Responses to Apartheid Sport: Spatialized Clashes in the Affective Economies of Aotearoa/New Zealand during the 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour’ Teams and Fans Conference, Mudjimba, Queensland, 16-19 July, 1999.
‘Rugby and the Rebirth of History: the 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour and Political Struggle in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ The End of Sport History? Sporting Traditions XI, Conference of the Australian Society for Sports History, Queenstown, 1-5 February 1999.
‘Does Rugby=Man=New Zealand?: Rugby’s Challenges to Masculinity in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ The Real Level Playing Field: Sport, Society and Culture, Stout Research Centre Conference, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 16-18 October, 1998.
‘Fetishes and Totems: Rugby, Homosociality and the Nation in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ Culture Shocks: The Future of Culture/Pacific Space, Global Marketplaces, Te Papa/Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, 10-14 July 1998.
‘Just How Queer is It? Audiences and Homosociality in Aotearoa/New Zealand Rugby’ Football and Culture, Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne. 24-27 June 1998.
‘The Struggle Sort of Continues: Maori, Pākehā, Colonisation and New Zealand’s 1981 Springbok Tour’ Histories in New Zealand, NZ Historical Association Conference, Waikato University, December 1997.
‘From Old Soldiers to Old Youth: Political Leadership and New Zealand’s 1981 Springbok Tour’ Football and Identities Conference, University of Queensland, March, 1997.
‘Death of a Nation: The 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour and the Dissolution of New Zealand’ PhD Colloquium, Department of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland, March, 1997.
‘”We’re Already Bicultural” The Bicultural Path to a New Pākehā National Identity’ Cultural Studies Association of Australia Conference, Charles Sturt University, December, 1995.
‘Public History: A Cheap Chronicle for an Imagined Public?’ Writing in Public Conference, Central Queensland University, October, 1995.
‘The Manners of Manners Mall: Space and Street Life in Central Wellington’ Stout Research Centre Popular Culture Seminar Series, March, 1995. ‘Shared Management and Emancipatory Democracy: the Cases of Selwyn College and Clifton Terrace Model School’ New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference, December, 1994. (with Claire Cockburn, Carol Whyte and Malcolm Glenny)