The 2012 International Aquatic History Symposium & Film Festival

The 2012 International Aquatic History Symposium & Film Festival

The International Swimming Hall of Fame announced the inaugural International Aquatic History Symposium & Film Festival (IAHSFF) that will be held in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA in May 9th – 12th, 2012.

Dr Stathis Avramidis, a Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University (UK) and Associate at the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, is the Co-Chairman of the International Aquatic History Symposium & Film Festival.

Sports history and historical events provide inspiration for youth, a historical context for current rules, skills and the achievements of athletes, a platform for documentary and feature films, for fictional and non‐fiction literature and art – all of which serve to promote sport in the media and with the general public. Thus, the heritage of every sport is a fundamental component of its future and must be respected and preserved in a meaningful way. It is for this reason that the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1962 and to further this important mission, International Swimming Hall of Fame and Museum is initiating the inaugural IAHSFF.”

Contributors, delegates and attendees can find more information here.

Speakers will include Robert Pruter (“Having the Necessities – The extraordinary DuSable High School swim team of Chicago, 1935-1952″), Dr. Stathis Avramidis (“Hollywood Films: Truths and Lies in relation to Drowning and Lifesaving”, “Aquatic and Lifesaving Related Messages that arise from Art”, and “Facts, Legends and Myths on the Evolution of Resuscitation”), Dr. Kevin Dawson (“Swimming, Surfing, and Underwater Diving in African History” and “Swimming in the African Diaspora“), Lisa Bier (“American Women’s swimming 1870–1926”), Marilyn Morgan (“Beauty at the Beach: Marathon Swimmers, the Media, and Gender Roles in American Culture, 190–1940″), Richard “Sonny” Tanabe (“Evolution of Freediving & History of Spear fishing in Hawaii”, and “Hawaii’s swimming contribution to the aquatic world”), Bruce Wigo (“Native American Swimming Skills Before and After The Arrival of the Europeans“), Kelvin Juba (“Five Rings of Water: A Journey through Olympic Swimming”, “Swimming in England and the Impact of Social Control, 1860-1914”, and “David Wilkie – looking back at new ways of promoting an Olympic Champion”), Ted Woods (“Whitewash”, a documentary film that explores the complexity of race in America through the struggle and triumph of the history of black surfers), and Cheryl Furjanic (“Sync or Swim”, a documentary film about synchronized swimming).

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