SportsAfrica-ASA2023

66th African Studies Association Annual Conference
November 30 – December 2, 2023
San Francisco, CA (USA)

December 1, 2023

SportsAfrica Network Meeting (for members and all interested)
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Room Sierra E


December 1, 2023
Sports Africa Sessions

Session 1 • Politics of Social Movements in Sports
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Nob Hill D

Chair: Martha Saavedra, UC Berkley

The Birth of Postapartheid South African Sports
Sean Jacobs, The New School

Wrestling Matches and Coke Machines: Sport, Commerce, and the Anti-Apartheid Movement at Oregon State University
Derek Charles Catsam, University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Understanding the Rupture: The 1980s Politics and Processes that led to the Emergence of the NSC as a Rival to SACOS in the non-racial sports struggle in South Africa
Andre Odendaal, University of the Western Cape


Session 2 • Telling Sporting Stories
1:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Room: Nob Hill D

Chair: Papa Owusu-Kwarteng, Ohio University

Kenyan Running in Text: A Curation
Chepchirchir Tirop, Stanford University

The Sports Journalist as Advocate and Critic: Women’s Football Coverage in Ghana
Anima Adjepong, University of Cincinnati

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

December 2, 2023

Session 3 • Struggle over African Football Dream
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Nob Hill D

Session Chair
Chair: Matthew Kirwin, George Washington University

From Childhood to Young Adulthood: Paul Bonga Bonga’s Educational and Sporting Life in Late Colonial Congo
Peter Alegi, Michigan State University
Gerard Akindes, Northwestern University (Doha)

Dreams of gold at the football camp in Ghana
Emy Lindberg, Uppsala University


Session 4 • SportsAfrca Member-Affiliated Session • Kenya, Decolonization, and US Imperialism
3:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Room: Pacific J

Chair: Paul Ocobock, Univeristy of Notre Dame

Tom Mboya, Democracy and the Women of the East African Airlift, 1959-1964
Debora Rogo, University of Notre Dame

Kenya and the International Coffee Agreement in the Era of Decolonization
Paul Ocobock, Univeristy of Notre Dame

The Role of US-Based Kenyan Runners in Shaping Kenyan Athletics
Chepchirchir Tirop, Stanford University

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