Profile: Matt Ventresca
Matt Ventresca is a PhD Candidate in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario). His research primarily focuses on the many intersections between media and masculinity, with an emphasis on sport, health and technology. His dissertation explores the politics of Movember as a social movement and pop culture phenomenon (including but not limited to the movement’s prominence in specific sports leagues and cultures). This work dives into issues that connect masculinity, consumer culture and the body, while investigating trends in online branding and social media activism.
Matt is also conducting research investigating how discourses of science and technology inform the media representations of sport’s contemporary concussion “crisis.” This research seeks to understand how cultural anxieties about gender, toughness and violence are communicated and/or overlooked through the scientific narratives frequently mobilized by the sports media. His work examines how the tensions between science and identity inform the concussion debate, and unsettle dominant understandings of gender, injury and the body within the masculinized cultures of Canadian (and international) sport.
Matt has also been involved in a series of research projects that consider diverse aspects of sport culture: food, nutrition and sport science; pescription painkillers and performance-enhancing technologies; new media and social movements. He currently teaches a first year course in sport sociology at Queen's University.
NoteStreams By Matt Ventresca
The sports media has a fascination with concussions. Not only is there a huge volume of stories about the issue, but there’s also an urgency to the tone of the reporting. The heightened coverage has served to increase awareness of the concussion problem and encourage public debate about sport, health and safety.