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The Sports Africa Network and the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida are pleased to announce the
15th Sports Africa Conference and 38th Gwendolen M. Carter Conference

Inclusive and Exclusive Communities:
Minorities, Women, and Youth in African Sport

23-25 March 2023
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL USA

Anyone who lives in or studies contemporary Africa recognizes how sport runs through so many aspects of daily and associational life. Yet in nearly every circumstance—past and present— there are individuals or groups that struggle for sporting access, support, and recognition. The 2023 Sports Africa/Carter Conference seeks papers that illuminate and interrogate multiple dimensions of these struggles, particularly those of minorities, women, and youth. The conference will feature thematic panels and a final session comprising a pedagogical workshop that aims to integrate sport with various African studies curricula. Organizers will also select a set of conference papers for consideration as a special issue in the African Studies Quarterly published at the University of Florida.


About the Sports Africa Network

The mission of the Sports Africa Network is to make African sport studies an interdisciplinary, inclusive, accessible, and integral part of the global conversation and scholarship on sports among practitioners and academics. With members from academic institutions as well as professional and non-profit organizations in Africa, Europe, and the United States, the Sports Africa conference is the preeminent event focused on African sports studies. Ohio University hosted the conference from 2004 to 2014. These first editions addressed a variety of themes such as gender, health, communication, politics, and globalization. The University of the Free State in South Africa hosted the conference for the first time at an African institution in 2017, followed by the University of Zambia in 2018, Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal in 2019, and Nelson Mandela University in South Africa in 2021 (online). The conference is now the flagship activity of the Sports Africa Network, an affiliate organization of the U.S. African Studies Association, and continues to advance the study of African sport worldwide.


About the Carter Conference

For over 35 years, the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida has organized an annual lecture series or conference in honor of the late distinguished Africanist scholar, Gwendolen M. Carter. Gwendolen Carter devoted her career to scholarship and advocacy concerning the politics of inequality and injustice, especially in southern Africa. She also worked hard to foster the development of African Studies as an academic enterprise. She was perhaps best known for her pioneering study The Politics of Inequality: South Africa Since 1948 and the co-edited four volume History of African Politics in South Africa, From Protest to Challenge (1972-1977). In the spirit of her career, the annual Carter conference offers the university

community and the wider public the perspectives of Africanist scholars on issues of pressing importance to the peoples and societies of Africa. conference/

Preliminary schedule

Wednesday 22 March – opening reception

Thursday 23 March – panel sessions

Friday 24 March – panel sessions

Saturday 25 March – pedagogy workshop/local sports event/closing reception


Sports Africa Network has an established organizational culture of attendees funding their conference presence through resources from institutional or personal funds. Support from the University of Florida and the U.S. Department of Education will allow conference organizers to select participants for supplemental travel funding, with priority given to early career scholars/practitioners based in Africa. There will be a designated hotel block but participants are also free to arrange their own accommodation.


Submission deadline

Proposals of not more than 250 words to: Todd Leedy ( by 15 January 2023.

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