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, Universit¨¦ 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.


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Past conferences

Popular Sports, Mass Sports and Elite Sports in everyday Africa

Universit¨¦ Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (Dakar S¨¦n¨¦gal)

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

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