April 2017

Last modified: 28.04.2017

Network seminar

Seminar for the International Network for Research in Sports and Migration Issues
The paradoxical role of sport in migration
Dates: 5, 6 & 7 July 2017
Venue: Sandbjerg Estate, Denmark

In the era of rapid globalisation processes, the recent global refugee crisis along with the rise of nationalism and anti-immigration policies in Western societies, it is more timely than ever before to scrutinize the role sports may play in migration processes. A role that seems paradoxical.

On the one hand, sport appears to hold a beneficial role in migration processes. For many young people, particularly in the global South, sport-related migration holds the promise of a better and successful future abroad. In addition, more and more nation states and their sport associations as well as professional clubs recruit migrant athletes and showcase increasingly more diverse teams. Also, sport is regarded as an important means for integrating (or rather assimilating) ethnic minority groups as numerous initiatives and programs indicate.

On the other hand, the role of sport in migration is a field of conflict. This is apparent in debates about ethnic minority clubs or segregated sport spaces for specific groups of migrants and descendants, and when the increasing influx of migrants to national teams challenge existing ideas of national identities. Moreover, the phenomenon of sports labour migration goes along with disillusionment and unfulfilled hopes for most aspiring talents and many are affected by fraud, exploitation and precarious experiences during their (envisaged) migration trajectories.

We would like to take this seeming paradox as a point of departure for discussing the role of sport in migration processes. The seminar will be set up for members of the International Network for Research in Sport and Migration Issues, and welcome presentations of papers that deliberately engage with the paradoxical role of sport in migration or shed light on either the benefits or the tensions in this nexus. We will further take this opportunity to plan a joint publication (a special issue) and further activities in the network. We will apply for funds that can cover the expenses of the seminar. Only travel expenses are to be paid by the participants.

Participants should send their abstract of no more than 150-200 words based on their original work by May 10 2017 to Sine Agergaard sa@ph.au.dk. The best abstracts will be selected to a special issue proposal involving submission and publication of a full manuscript.

Call for papers

JEP –Austrian Journal of Development Studies / Journal für Entwicklungspolitik
Football and unequal Development

Football is more than just a game. It connects people in a global spectacle and works as an arena for national projections. It promises upward social mobility and the peaceful get-together of people from different social and regional backgrounds.
Above all, football is pervaded by structures and dynamics that significantly influence international development: core-periphery constellations shape football just as football serves to reproduce hegemonic gender roles, exploitative relations, and racism. As a popular cultural phenomenon of global reach, football has long been the site of commercial exploitation.
On the occasion of the men’s football World Cup 2018, the Austrian Journal of Development Studies (JEP) plans a special issue on “Football and unequal development” dealing with the socioeconomic relations in which football is embedded.

Subject areas:

Global political economy of football • Migration and football • Working conditions • Racism and anti-racism • Commodity chains in the football industry • Historical approaches to football in a global context • Gender relations in football • Women and Football (women’s football World Cup 2019) • Football and culture • Case studies and examples from the Global South

Deadline: Abstracts of no more than 300 words (in English/German) should be sent to cfp@mattersburgerkreis.at by April 28, 2017. Authors of selected papers will receive an acceptance decision in the second week of June, 2017.

The deadline for submitting the completed version (6,000 words/40,000 characters) of accepted papers is October 2, 2017.

The Austrian Journal of Development Studies is one of the leading journals in its field in the German speaking area. The journal provides a forum for a broad critical debate and reflection on different dimensions of societal transformation and on North-South relations. Specifically, the relationship between cutting edge theoretical advances in the field of development studies and contemporary development policies is addressed. Politically relevant knowledge about issues of development is provided in an accessible, interdisciplinary way. All articles are reviewed anonymously (double-blind, peer-reviewed), and published in German or English.

Web: http://www.mattersburgerkreis.at/site/de/publikationen/jep
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New Members

The Network is happy to welcome the following new members:

Dominik Schieder

Dominik Schieder is an anthropologist who has been working with Fiji Islanders in Oceania and the diaspora for about a decade. His research interests include the roots and routes of amateur and professional Fiji Islander rugby players and the role this particular sport plays for Fiji Islander community building processes in local and transnational contexts. Dominik has conducted research in Fiji, Japan, Australia, India and the United Kingdom. Between 2013 and 2016 he taught courses in the field of the anthropology of sport at Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main. Dominik recently joined the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Siegen where he will teach, amongst other, sport-related courses. In Siegen, Dominik also aims to conduct an ethnographic project which will investigate local amateur sport initiatives and their efforts to foster multiculturalism within the German society. Dominik's research on Fijian rugby has been published as peer-reviewed articles in Pacific News and the Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science (single author) as well as The International Journal of the History of Sport and The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (with Geir Henning Presterudstuen).

William Crossan

William Crossan is a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport of the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic since 2006. He teaches bachelors and masters level classes in English, and sports management. His research interests center around the effect of sport migration on sport popularity in a culture, sport chaplaincy and the use of values in sport coaching.

Gijs van Campenhout (PhD Study Group)

Gijs van Campenhout (1986) is a PhD Candidate at the Department of History. His PhD research is part of the Research Excellence Initiative (REI) Project ‘History, Sport and the Nation’ (Project leader Dr Gijsbert Oonk). Gijs focuses on the history of ‘nationality transfers’ of football players in the context of elite migration, changing nationality and ‘complex citizenship’ issues. He examines the emergence of ‘naturalized’ football players – representing the nation – in the FIFA World Cups (1930-2014) emphasizing how ideas, institutions, and the political and cultural context in this ‘global battle for talent’ have changed over time. His supervisors are Dr Gijsbert Oonk and Dr Jacco van Sterkenburg.