Teaching African Sports Studies in Africa

Led by Todd Cleveland (University of Arkansas, USA), the first “Teaching African Sports” workshop took place during the 11th Sports Africa Conference at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Conference delegates shared the syllabi on topics related to African Sports Studies prior to the conference to facilitate discussion at the workshop. It was clear from last year’s workshop that study of sports in Africa has gained traction and credibility, at least in the North American, and some of the European Higher Education institutions. The recent increase in research and publications in the form of journal articles, books, blogs, among others in the field calls for a sustained conversation on the state of African Sports Studies at the African institutions.

Developing on the success of the workshop on ‘Teaching African Sports Studies’, we invite the delegates to Sports Africa 2018 to workshop to share ideas on how to bring ‘African Sports Studies’ in the class/lecture-rooms at the African Higher Education Institutions. The key objectives of the workshop are:

Perhaps a question to consider is if African Sports Studies is or should be part of area studies or should it find home in more traditional disciplines, such as sociology, education, history, economics, political sciences, anthropology, etc. Beyond these initial thoughts and framing questions, we invite conference delegates to bring their own questions, challenges, ideas, approach, etc. to promote African Sports Studies at the undergraduate and graduate training at the African institutions for Higher Education.

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