School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Nicholas Piercey

Nick Piercey

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. 

Public Presentations

  • February 2009: Values, Tensions and Conflict: Football in the Rotterdam Media 19101920, 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