Conference Program 2023

2023 Conference
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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


Day One – March 23, 2023

8:00 AM – 09:00 AMRegistration
09:00 AM – 09:15 AM – Welcome Note and Opening Remarks  3315 Reitz Union

Dr. Todd Leddy. Associate Director Director, Center for African Studies, University of Florida

Dr. Alioune Sow, Interim Director, Center for African Studies, University of Florida

09:15 AM – 11:00 AM Session 1 and 2
Panel 1: Gender-making through Sports – 3315 Reitz Union
Chair: Agnes Leslie

Dawson McCall, Loyola University, New Orleans (USA)
Making Men & Winning Medals at St. Patrick’s High School, Iten (1972-1988)

Maria Louw, Francois Johannes Cleophas, & Wilbur Kraak Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Reconstructing Performance Narratives of Three Historically Significant Springbok Women Rugby Players Between 2002 and 2016

Michael Gennaro, York University Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
‘I Was Really Disgusted at Seeing Healthy Young Boys Playing Ping Pong…’: Ping Pong, Youth, and Masculinity in Post-WWII Nigeria

Panel 2: Sports in Education – 3320 Reitz Union
Chair: George Cunningham

Addmore Hapanyengwi, Department of Education – Gauteng (South Africa)
A predicament of Rugby and Soccer: Racial and Gender Participation in South African Selected Secondary Schools

Abdoun Nassir, Ngaoundéré University (Cameroun)
Context Analysis and Prospects of Olympic Education in Cameroon

Fabien Gnimassou, Founder of DAKOOL
La pratique du sport en milieu universitaire africain

Derek Catsam, University of Texas-Permian Basin/Rhodes University (USA)
Springbok Factories: Elite South African Schools and the Perpetuation of Sporting Privilege

11:00 AM – 11:15 PM – Coffee Break

11:15 AM – 01:00 PM – Session 3 and 4

Panel 3: Sports in Education – 3315 Reitz Union
Chair: Gerard Akindes

Caryce Tirop, Stanford University (USA)
Somali, Turkana, Samburu and Maasai in the Kenyan sports scene

Fernand Owona Wolfgang, Université Catholique d’Afrique Centrale (Cameroun)
Sports among the Marginalized in Francophone Africa

Modou Gueye Seck, TEQSEN Federation (Senegal)
Communautés exclusives et inclusives : minorités, femmes et jeunes dans le sport africain: élitisme contre le développement.

Noluntu Dyubhele, Department of Economics – Nelson Mandela University (South Africa)
Hope Between Mountains in Sport: A Case Study of Wooldridge

Panel 4: Para-Sports – 3320 Reitz Union
Chair: Todd Leddy

Dennis Osei-Nimo Annor, P. David Howe and Carla Filomena Silva Western University (Canada)
The Pre- and Post-colonial Legacy of Disability and its Impact on Para sport Development in Ghana

Nampoûtho Sylvain Zingue Ouattara, Institute of Sports Sciences and Human Development (ISSDH) of the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Sport, a Powerful Factor for Inclusion and Development of People living with a Disability: Case of the Moving Sport Camp in Burkina Faso

Louzanne Coetzee, Para-athlete (South Africa)
Auto-ethnography of Being a Paralympian

Dominique Brand, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
Finding Language to Describe Persons with Disabilities’ Experiences of Participation in Bon-elite Sport environments

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Session 5 and 6

Panel 5: Sports Biographies – 3315 Reitz Union
Chair: Alioune Sow

Peter Alegi, Michigan State University(USA)
Gerard Akindes,
Northwestern University Qatar, and New York University (Qatar)
Before Lukaku: Paul Bonga Bonga’s Afro-Belgian Football Biography

Mamadou Samb, Consultant et Ecrivain (Senegal)
La lutte traditionnelle Diola, un exemple d’inclusion sociale

Panel 6: Race, Ethnicity, and Politics – 3320 Reitz Union
Chair: Derek Catsam

Tyler Fleming, University of Louisville (USA)
Fighting for the Race(s): Interracial Connections within South African Boxing Magazines in the Postwar Era

Mark Fredericks, Walter Sisulu University (South Africa)
To Forget or Remember: Making a Case for a Truth Conference on South African Sport

Lorna Jepkoech Kimaiyo, Columbia University (USA)
Ethnicity and Sports in Colonial Kenya

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM – Coffee Break

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM – Keynote (via Zoom webinar) –3315 Reitz Union

Joakim NoahUF Basketball Legend & NBA Africa Investor
“I know where I am from, so I know who I am”

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Opening Reception & Welcome  – 427 Grinter Hall 

Day Two – March 24, 2023

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Session 7

Panel 7: Sport Activism – 200 Farrior Hall
Chair: Anthony Gathiru

Annick Pikbougoum-Zingue, Association Moving Jeunesse (Burkina Faso)
L’arbitrage féminin au Burkina-Faso

Elemon Sakala, Greenlight University/Victorious LIFE (Zambia)
Kristien Sakala-Kloosterman, Greenlight University/Victorious LIFE (Zambia)
Equal Pay for Equal Work – Contextualizing Financial Incentives and Disparities for Zambian Women Athletes

10:30 AM – 10:45 PM – Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM – Session 8

Panel 8: Women in Football – 200 Farrior Hall
Chair: Philip Janzen

Amour M. E. Fassinou, INEPS/ Université d’Abomey-Calavi (Bénin)
Football féminin et décrochage scolaire au Bénin: Causes et conséquences

Antony G. Gathiru, Master of Sustainable Development Practice, University of Florida (USA)
Gender (In)equality and Female Participation in Sports: A Case Study of Moving the Goalposts, Kilifi (Kenya)

12:15 PM – 2:00 PM – Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Session 9

Panel 9: Sports Academies – 200 Farrior Hall
Chair: Matthew Kirwin

Taremwa Crisprus, Kyambogo University Uganda (Uganda)
Challenges Facing Youth Football Academies in Kampala City

Sikiru Abiona Yusuff, Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (Nigeria)
“We Should Play More with the Boys”: Social Motivations and Female Athletes Struggles in a Sports Academy

Yomi E. Ejikunle, University of Louisville (USA)
Capital Cities and Politics of Football Monopolization in Nigeria

3:30 AM – 3:45 PM – Coffee Break

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM – Session 10

Panel 10: Experiencing Migration – 200 Farrior Hall
Chair: Abdoulaye Kane

Ernest Yeboah Acheampong, University of Education Winneba (Ghana)
Young African athletes: challenges and constraints of the ‘unknown’ career abroad

Matthew Kirwin, George Washington University (USA) Gerard Akindes, Northwestern University Qatar, and New York University (Qatar)
The Journey of Francophone African Players to Elite Leagues in the Global North

Kelsey Slater, North Dakota State University (USA)
African basketball in photographs: Framing an Emerging Continental Sports League via Instagram

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Keynote

– 404 Grinter Hall

Hamchetou Maiga WNBA Champion & President, Special Olympics Mali
“From Mali to the USA: Building Inclusive Communities On and Off the Court”

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Conference Social – Grinter Hall Lobby

Day Three – March 25, 2023

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Conference Workshop – 471 Grinter Hall

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