Profile: Ted Vehse – Fan violence in competitive sport

TED VEHSE is an expert in sports fan violence. He will talk at Play the Game today in a session entitled ‘Tackling the violent fans’ in the Hillman theatre at 11.15am writes Adam Manning.

Vehse lectures in Humanities and Religious Studies at West Virginia University in the USA. He says he has “several scholarly irons in the fire” and specialises in the History of Religions, Judaism and Western Humanities but also lectures on the ritualistic behaviour of fan violence and competitive sport.

He hopes to translate the first ever Jewish prayer book, which is part of the New Israelite Temple in Hamburg.

He frequently teaches undergraduate students, where he uses abstract reflection and personal encounter because he believes that “learning is about experience, and experience is about learning”.

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