Congratulations to Patrizia Gentile (principal investigator) and Dan Irving (co-investigator), who were recently awarded a $65,680 SSHRC grant for the project Learning the Ropes: The Beaver Boxing Club and the Re/Making of Marginalized Subjectivities.

Established in Ottawa in 1943 the Beaver Boxing Club (BBC) trained generations of amateur fighters in the art and science of competitive boxing. Over the decades, the BBC has flourished into a boxing club and community centre, focusing on marginalized communities. The experiences and histories forged in the context of this particular boxing club exist as a transgressive space catering to the lives of those within the boxing community and beyond.

This project proposes to create a physical and digital archive documenting the role of boxing clubs as unique and somewhat unexpected community spaces that have largely untold histories of ‘fighting’ against systemic race, gender, and class hierarchies.