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June 2016

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PHD COURSE: THE INTEGRATIVE ROLE OF SPORT - WHAT CAN RESEARCH CONTRIBUTE?

The aim of the course is to provide PhD students with more in depth knowledge about research on how sport can promote integration (e.g. amongst migrants, older adults, disabled individuals and in terms of gender). Furthermore, the participants will get more practical experience on how to prepare manuscripts for publication and will learn about what editors are looking for in the manuscript submission process. Students will also have the opportunity to network with international students and experts. The course provides a space to exchange ideas and knowledge about research methods related to the course topic. The course will enable communication, networking and cooperation among the students and the experts.

Read more about the course here.

EASA2016 SESSION: TRANSNATIONAL SPORT MIGRANTS AND HUMAN FUTURES

Convenors

Niko Besnier (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Carmen Rial (Federal University of Santa Catarina)

Short Abstract

The mobility of athlete professionals from the Global South to the Global North pose central problems for the meaning of work, the reconfiguration of age and gender hierarchies, the transformation of kinship structures, and the important role of religion for many migrant athletes.

Further information can be found here.

CONFERENCE CFP SPORT AFRICA

The University of the Free State, South Africa in conjunction with Ohio University are hosting the Sports Africa conference (10-13th April).

The theme of the conference is ‘Sporting subalternities and social justice’ and transnational and transcontinental athlete migration is a key sub-theme. Abstracts should be submitted by 5 September 2016.

The full CfP can be seen here.

NEWS ALERT: CONSEQUENCES OF THE BREXIT VOTE

The decision that Britain should leave the European Union has created immense uncertainty about a number of issues. One of them is sports labour migration. If an agreement between the UK and the EU is reached that includes restrictions on the free movement of people, this could affect football players across Europe. English players may not be able to move to the continent freely and EU nationals could be subject to entry restrictions when seeking to play in England, if they are treated in the same way as current non-EU nationals.

Read more here.

REFUGEES AS EXCEPTIONAL OLYMPIANS

Ten refugee athletes will act as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide and bring global attention to the magnitude of the refugee crisis when they take part in the Olympic Games Rio 2016 this summer. The athletes will compete for the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) – the first of its kind – and march with the Olympic flag immediately before host nation Brazil at the Opening Ceremony. But they will represent much more than hope. They also confirm the sovereign power of the IOC and represent the Agambian exception confirming IOC sovereign power. The athletes were named to the ROT today by the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). So instead of being named by a NOC, these athletes were selected by the EB of the IOC with their refugee status confirmed by the United Nations (UNHCR) This is an example of the IOC acting as sovereign subject maker with global organizations taking on some of the sovereign powers usually affiliated to states.

Read More:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/refugees-team-rio-olympics-160603132552404.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/36446531

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2016/0526/Refugee-runners-Olympics-fields-its-first-team-without-a-country

Carter, Thomas F 2012 “The Olympics as Sovereign Subject Maker.” Watching the Games: Politics, Power and Representation in the Olympic Spectacle. John Sugden and Alan Tomlinson, eds. London: Routledge. Pp. 55-68.

NEW RESEARCH PROJECT AND JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

The Academy of Finland granted a four-year funding to the research project called Cold Rush. The project examines ethnographically the ways in which language and identity matters in tourism, sports and nature resource extraction. The sports includes hockey, and transatlantic hockey migration is among the topics in focus.

Read more about the Cold Rush project here.

Two postdoctoral researcher positions are available at the research project Cold Rush: Dynamics of language and identity in expanding Arctic Economies at the Department of languages/discourse studies, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, starting January 2017. Deadline for applications August 30.

Read the job advert here.

CALL FOR MEMBERS OF PHD STUDY GROUP

The sport and migration network invites all PhD students in the field of sport and migration to join the network and share information about their projects and ongoing work. To ensure that we are up to date with the latest research in sport and migration we have created a study group for PhD students. Contrary to becoming a full member of the sport and migration network, you do not need international publications to be a part of the PhD study group; all we ask for are that you have a project description and a willingness to contribute to the network.

Apply as a member of the PhD study group using the ‘apply for membership’-link on the bottom of the front page of sportmigration.au.dk – remember to tick of the PhD study group box.

If you have any questions, feel free to address them to sportmigration@hst.aau.dk.

COMING NEWSLETTERS

For the coming newsletters it will be possible to present new studies and discuss interesting findings. We would also like to encourage members to inform us of job adverts, conferences and books that may be of interest to the network. We have deadlines for submission to our newsletter on a quarterly basis; December 1, March 1, June 1 and September 1. 

Please direct this information to sportmigration@hst.aau.dk.