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In many countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, young men are increasingly consumed by dreams of migrating to a career in the sport industries of the Global North. For most, the reality is much starker, as they have to contend with failure and exploitation. Are sport migrations yet another form of colonial oppression?

Detail Summary
Date 19 December 2018
Time 19:00 - 21:00

About the speakers

  • Niko Besnier, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, University of Amsterdam  – Introduction
  • Basile Ndjio, Associate Professor Social and Political Anthropology, University of Douala, Cameroon – Masculinity and inequality: Cameroonian football academies and the creation of ‘humble subjects’
  • Francis Nyamnjoh, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Capetown, South Africa – Dreaming of a future in Europe: young footballers in Cameroon and South Africa
  • Cheikh Tidiane Wane, Assistant Professor Physical Education and Sport, University of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France – Sports and migration: Senegalese footballers, precarity and ‘cruel optimism’

The debate is moderated by Niko Besnier with professional (ex) footballplayers from Africa and UvA Anthropology PhD candidates Uroš Kovač and Mark Hann.

The symposium is chaired by Niko Besnier and Peter Geschiere, Professor of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam.

For more information, please visit the KNAW webpage. You can also contact, +31 20 551 0727.

You are most welcome to attend the symposium. Participation is free, but registration is required. You can register by submitting the online form.