About Sports Africa Conferences

 

In Fall 2003, a handful of African Studies scholars met during the African Studies Association conference in Boston to discuss the state of African Sports Studies in higher education. At this meeting, they founded and launched the Sports Africa Network.

 

The Institute for the African Child and the Center for Sports Administration hosted the first “Sports, Youth and Africa” conference in February 2004. This conference was attended by participants from fourteen institutions from Africa and the United States.

 

From 2004 to 2014, the conference was held at Ohio University. The first 10 annual meetings addressed a variety of theoretical and practical themes: economics, gender, health, communication, politics, globalization. Training, financing, infrastructure, etc…

 

After ten annual meetings at Ohio University in Athens (USA), the conference moved to Africa in 2017  where it was first hosted by  the Institute for Peace and Social Justice at Bloemfontein Free State University  (South Africa). The theme of this eleventh Sports Africa Conference was "Sporting Subalternities and Social Justice". In 2018, the twelfth conference was hosted by the University of Zambia under the theme ”Pan-African Sport Studies: Beyond Physical Education”. In 2019, Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar (Senegal) have the honor of being the first French and non English-speaking  country  to host the conference. The conference, established as the flagship activity of Sports Africa Network, continues to be an exclusive forum for research on the theory and practice of sports in Africa to be produced, exchanged and disseminated.   

 

 Sports Africa Upcoming Conference

The 2020 conference is postponed to 2021. The date will be announced once the 2021 host institution calendar of events and conferences is confirmed.

 

 

Call for Papers

African Nations and World Competitions-State of Play
Nelson Mandela University, Port Elisabeth, South Africa
2021 (Date TBC)
Please visit: http://sportinafrica.org/conference2020/

Popular Sports, Mass Sports and Elite Sports in everyday Africa
Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (Dakar Sénégal)
June 20-21-22, 2019

Pan-African Sports Studies: Beyond Physical Education
University of Zambia (Lusaka, Zambia)
26 to 28 March 2018

Sporting Subalternities and Social Justice
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
April 10-13, 2017

Sports in Africa, Ten years - What's next?
April 10-12, 2014

Sports in Africa and the Global Sports Forum
April 12, 2013

Sports and Community Building in Africa
April 6-7, 2012

Africa and the Global South
March 11, 2011

Politics and Globalization
March 5-6, 2010

Communications, Media and Sport in Africa
February 23-24, 2008

Health, Sciences and Sports in Africa
February 23-24, 2007

Women, Gender and Sports in Africa
February 24-25, 2006

Sports Across Disciplines
February 04-05, 2005

Youth Sports and Africa 
February 25-26, 2004

Subcategories

 

Introduction Presentations Photo Album  Sponsors - Recognition

African Sports Across Disciplines

Sports offer a unique opportunity to examine diverse aspects of Africa and the African Diaspora. February 4-5, 2005 , Ohio University in conjunction with the Institute for African Child and the Sports Administration Program held a workshop, African Sports Across Disciplines, a forum to examine the social, political, and economic impact of sports on African societies and future developments.

The workshop built on the achievements of the first symposium, Youth, Sports and Africa , held in 2004. The presentations and debates addressed themes such as politics, economics, administration, management, gender, conflict resolution, health and wellness, communication, marketing, and promotion.

In order to promote the dissemination of information relating to sports and Africa , the organizers of the workshop published any significant outcomes from the workshop in Impumelelo: The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports and online abstracts summary of presentations by the presenters.

Presenters
Lee Evans
Peter Alegi
Geoff Carlston
Paul Darby
 Khalid El Hassan
Amy Freitag
Amadou Gallo Fall
Jemadari Kamara
Allan Mulondo
John Nauright
Martha Saavedra

 

Introduction Presentations  Sponsors - Recognition

The Women, Gender and Sport in Africa symposium kicked off with a keynote address by Ms. Carol Bellamy on February 24 th, 2006. Ms. Bellamy, former executive director of UNICEF, is currently president and CEO of the World Learning and President of the School of International Learning. >>more about Ms. Bellamy

The following day, on Saturday February 26 th , presentations and discussions by scholars and practitioners explored the multi-disciplinary and multiple dimensions of African sport with a specific focus on female athletes. The presentations looked at gender and sports in Muslim societies, women's national teams, traditional female sports, masculinity, sport and gender and identity formation, sports as a microcosm of gender inequity, and sports as a tool of female self-empowerment.

Abstracts and short videos by the presenters summarize the content of the presentations.

The conference organizers sincerely hope that the dialogue will be pursued beyond this initiative, was not only intellectually engaging, but also a source of inspiration for future scholarly and practical endeavors.

Presenters
Lee Evans
Peter Alegi
Geoff Carlston
Paul Darby
 Khalid El Hassan
Amy Freitag
Amadou Gallo Fall
Jemadari Kamara
Allan Mulondo
John Nauright
Martha Saavedra
 
Contact

Gerard Akindes
Ohio University
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740-597-3207 
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Matthew Kirwin
Michigan State University 
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Welcome to the 11th Sports Africa Conference

April 10-12, 2017
University of Free State
Bloemfontein, South Africa

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In February 2004, the Ohio University hosted the first edition of ‘Sport in Africa’ Conference. Over the last 10 editions of this conference, between 2004 and 2014, a variety of themes were addressed, including Youth, Gender, Health, Communication, Development, Politics, Globalization and Global South, bringing together sports scholars and practitioners from African, American and European Universities.

Continuing this agenda to advance research and knowledge on “Sport in Africa”, the Institute of Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State, South Africa in collaboration with Ohio University will host the 11th edition of “Sports Africa” Conference.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Sporting Subalternities and Social Justice”.

This conference will be hosted for the first time in Africa under a new name “Sports Africa”. The conference in Africa and a new name more inclusive of sports by all Africans regardless their geographical location are the symbols of the 11th conference.

More about the conference

Bienvenue à la 13ème Conférence Sports Africa

Sports Populaires, Sports de Masse, et le Sport d’Élite dans le Quotidien des Africains
20-21-22 juin, 2019
Dakar Sénégal

Le Département d’Histoire de l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop en collaboration avec Sports Africa, le Consortium de Recherche en Economie Sociale (CRES), l’Institut pour la Réconciliation et la Justice Sociale, l’University of the Free State, et le Center des Etudes Internationales de Ohio University and the West Africa Research Center (WARC) accueillira la 13ème à Dakar, Sénégal 13ème édition de la Conférence Sports Africa à Dakar, Sénégal

Welcome to the 13th Sports Africa Conference

Popular Sports, Mass Sports and Elite Sports in everyday Africa
June 20-21-22, 2019
Dakar Sénégal

The History Department of Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar in partnership with Sports Africa,  the Consortium for Research and Social Economy (CRES), the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, of the University of the Free State,  andthe Center for International Studies at Ohio University will host  the 13th edition of the Sports Africa Conference in in Dakar, Senegal.


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