Advancing African Sports Studies
Make African sport studies an interdisciplinary, inclusive, accessible and integral part of the global conversation and scholarship on sports with the intellectually vibrant, creative and passionate community of practitioners and academics.
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.
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) had 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.
With the determination and passion of a group of scholars and practitioners from academic institutions, professional and non-profit organizations around the world, the Sports Africa Network has become an established name in African Sports Studies.
|Board Members||Board of Advisors|
|Dr. Gerard Akindes
Josoor Institute, Qatar
Prof. Simon Akindes
Dr. Hikabwa D. Chipende
Mr. Abi Ekoku
Dr. Tarminder Kaur
Dr. Matthew Kirwin
Ms. Bose Maposa
Ms. Tasiyiwa Katie Mapondera
Mr. Papa Owusu-Kwarteng
Dr. Martha Saavedra
Dr. Michele Sikes
|Ms. Sarah Laroque-Quenum
Ms. Raquel Esteban
As the 2020 Sports Africa conference is postponed, Sports Africa Network has decided to hold online discussion sessions to continue engaging with the network of scholars and practitioners with meaningful presentations and discussions about Africa and sports in Africa and globally.
IMPUMELEO, the Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports was launched in 2004 to provide n unique immediate and authentic medium for the promotion of sports in Africa. The journal publications focused primarily on sports from an interdisciplinary perspective,CONTINUE READING
Sports Africa Network is a non-profit association which fully relies on membership fees to sustain its various activities. We encourage scholars and practitioners with interest in African sport studies and knowledge to join the network and participate in its various activities.CONTINUE READING