Advancing African Sports Studies

Mission Statement:

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.

Sports Africa Network

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
Dr. Gerard Akindes
Northwestern University, Qatar, and New York University, New York

Prof. Simon Akindes
University of Wisconsin-Parkside, USA

Prof. Peter Alegi

Michigan State University, USADr. Hikabwa D. Chipende
African Union Sport Council and University of Zambia

Ms. Louzanne Coetzee
Paralympian, South Africa

Mr. Abi Ekoku
Candelisa, UK

Dr. Tarminder Kaur
University of Johannesburg, South AfricaDr. Matthew Kirwin
George Washington University, USA

Ms. Bose Maposa
Ohio University, USA

Ms. Tasiyiwa Katie Mapondera
ibTECHar, Qatar

Mr. Papa Owusu-Kwarteng
Ohio University, USA

Dr. Martha Saavedra
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Dr. Michele Sikes
Penn State University, USA

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