Nick obtained his PhD in Dutch Cultural Studies from UCL in 2011, looking at the cultures surrounding football in Rotterdam and Amsterdam between 1910 and 1920. The study provided a representation of various aspects of footballing cultures incorporating studies of the media, concepts of morality, historical geography, education, and individual histories.
Areas of Academic Interest
- Sport History and Culture
- Approaches to the writing and presentation of History: in particular, Postmodernism, Relativism and Deconstructionalism.
- Theoretical approaches to Cultural Studies: in particular, De Certeau, Bourdieu, Postmodern, Marxist and Neo-Marxist ideas.
- Identity and Nationalism
- The Netherlands in the Interbellum.
- February 2009: Values, Tensions and Conflict: Football in the Rotterdam Media 1910–1920, UCL Centre for Intercultural Studies (CIS).
- November 2010: Football stadia, memory, cultural history, and the individual: Amsterdam and Rotterdam 1910–1920, Die Memorial- und Sepulkralkultur des Fußballsports, Schwaben Akademie Isree, Germany.
- PIERCEY, N., ‘Football Grounds, Memory and Cultural History in Amsterdam and Rotterdam from 1910 to 1920: The Football Stadium and Ground as a Historical Resource’, in Herzog, M.,(Ed.), Memorialkultur im Fußballsport: Medien, Rituale und Praktiken des Erinnerns, Gedenkens und Vergessens., Irseer Dialoge. Kultur und Wissenschaft Interdisziplinar, Band 17, (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2013) pp. 287-309
- Nicholas Piercey (2011), 'Investment, Advertisement and Sponsorship: Business in Dutch Football 1910–1920', Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 35 (2011), no. 1 (March 2011).
Teaching at UCL
In 2013/14 Nick will be teaching the following courses:
- DUTC1101: Born out of Rebellion: The Low Countries from the Dutch Revolt to the eve of World War I
- DUTC2101: At the Crossroads of Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg in the 20th and 21st centuries
- DUTC4205: Contemporary history and culture of the Low Countries
- ELCS6077: Sport and Society in Europe since 1800: Theory and Practice