Global Sports, Masculinity and Exploitation: Views from Africa

19 December 2018 from 19:00 to 21:00 hrs
OBA Oosterdok, Theaterzaal, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam
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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, reality is much starker, as they have to contend with failure and exploitation. Are sport migrations yet another form of colonial oppression?

Photo Mark Hann


  • Niko Besnier, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, University of Amsterdam  – Introduction
  • Peter Geschiere, Professor of Anthropology of Africa, University of Amsterdam
  • Basile Ndjio, Associate Professor of 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 Cape Town, South Africa – Dreaming of a future in Europe: young footballers in Cameroon and South Africa
  • Cheikh Tidiane Wane, Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Sport, University of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France – Sports and migration: Senegalese footballers, precarity and ‘cruel optimism’
  • Kizito Musampa, professional former footballer (Ajax, Atlético Madrid, Manchester City), now football trainer in the Netherlands
  • Mark Hann and Uroš Kovač – Social Anthropology PhD candidates

These lectures will be in English.