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March 2018

Last modified: 13.04.2018

MOVE OF SPOMI-NET

Hosting of the International Network for Research in Sports and Migration Issues, spomi-net, will move to Aalborg University. This is due to the fact that Sine has taken up a position there as professor with specific responsibilities in humanistic and social sports science. From this platform we will seek funds to network seminars/conferences, and hope to expand knowledge about research in sports and migration further.

In order to achieve this we need your help:

- Please encourage academic colleagues to become members. Particularly more members are welcome in the subgroup that researches ethnic minority and diaspora groups in sports (sports in migration).
- Please encourage people interested in sports and migration issues to sign up for our newsletter.
- And please send us relevant news items about your newest publications, book reviews, new research projects, seminars and conference or commentaries to be published in our quarterly newsletter. The deadline for submitting news is March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1. The newsletter will be published before the end of the respective months.

Also in the process of moving spomi-net we would like to tidy up and refresh the homepage, so please:

- Let us know if you are not working with the topic anymore and/or would like to leave the network
- Check that the information that is provided about you on the homepage is updated: http://sportmigration.au.dk/members/

In case of any changes please let us know: sportmigration@hst.aau.dk

Thanks very much for all your contributions and looking forward to taking the research network further,

Sine Agergaard

NEWS ALERT: FIFPRO STUDY ON FEMALE FOOTBALLERS’ WORKING CONDITIONS

Following their 2016 report on the working conditions in male football, global players’ association FIFPro has recently published a similar study on the situation of professional female footballers. It is based on a survey with over 3000 players from the top women’s leagues in 33 nations across the world and gathered data about the level of education, salary and contracts. The study identifies the discrepancy between an ongoing growth of the business and a lack of professionalization in many of its sectors as a main challenge for female players.

Moreover, the study sheds light on how female players are affected by various forms of discrimination, abuse and violence. Compared to other forms of discrimination (e.g. sexual harassments, gender discrimination) the number of racist incidents seem to be rather low. Nevertheless, the study indicates that racism has become part of the women’s game.

Noteworthy is the rather high level of education among professional players, particularly among migrant footballers. However, while a high level of education may equip female footballers with post career job opportunities, it also indicates that many players are not able to make a living from professional football during their careers and need to prioritize other occupational trajectories. Hence, the figure may rather point to the limited financial resources in the women’s game than to good conditions for dual career options in the business as many players mention difficulties to combine professional football with the need to work or study beside.

Find the link to the study here: https://www.fifpro.org/news/fifpro-women-s-football-survey-published/en/

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION – FARE NETWORK HOSTS ROUNDTABLE ON ETHNIC MINORITY WOMEN AND FOOTBALL

The Fare network is organizing a roundtable on the role that football can play in supporting the social development and personal empowerment of ethnic minority women.

The event will ask if football can help to overcome processes of exclusion; the responsibilities of governing bodies in opening up leadership and developing talented ethnic minority women; and, whether football can be a means of offering greater visibility. It will also look at what is being done through grassroots projects and how future projects in this area shall look like.

The event will bring together voices from across Europe to work on these and related issues. It will be an opportunity to plan future activities and develop a networking platform.

If you are an ethnic minority woman who is interested in sport or are part of an organization that works with ethnic minority women through sport, or a policy maker or academic working at national or international level, please register your interest here:
http://farenet.org/news/inclusion-respect-right-roundtable-ethnic-minority-women-football/

The roundtable will take place in Berlin, held in partnership with DISCOVER FOOTBALL, on 26 April.

Bursaries for travel and accommodation are available.

NEW BOOK ON AFRICAN FOOTBALL MIGRATION – FOLLOWING THE BALL: THE MIGRATION OF AFRICAN SOCCER PLAYERS ACROSS THE PORTUGUESE COLONIAL EMPIRE, 1949-1975 (OHIO UNIVERSITY PRESS) BY TODD CLEVELAND

In Following the Ball, Todd Cleveland incorporates labor, sport, diasporic, and imperial history to examine the extraordinary experiences of African football players from Portugal’s African colonies as they relocated to the metropole from 1949 until the conclusion of the colonial era in 1975. The backdrop was Portugal’s increasingly embattled Estado Novo regime, and its attendant use of the players as propaganda to communicate the supposed unity of the metropole and the colonies.

Cleveland zeroes in on the ways that players, such as the great Eusébio, creatively exploited opportunities generated by shifts in the political and occupational landscapes in the waning decades of Portugal’s empire. Drawing on interviews with former players, coaches, and fans, he shows how these footballers assumed roles as social and cultural intermediaries and adopted a series of social, labor, and sporting strategies to navigate their new environment, thereby countering reductive histories that have depicted African soccer players as mere pawns of predatory European clubs and regimes.

To reconstruct these players’ transnational histories, the narrative traces their lives from the informal soccer spaces in colonial Africa to the manicured pitches of Europe, while simultaneously focusing on their off-the-field challenges and successes. By examining this multi-continental space in a single analytical field, the book unearths structural and experiential consistencies and contrasts, and illuminates the components and processes of empire.

Todd Cleveland is Assistant Professor at the Department of History at the University of Arkansas.

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