Sports in Africa and the Global South


Friday, March 11, 2010

1:00 - 1:50 p.m. - Walter Hall, Room 135
Ming Li - Sports Administration, Ohio University
Michael Pfahl - Sports Administration, Ohio University

2:00 - 2:50 p.m. - Walter Hall, Room 135
South America/Caribbean
Rafael Obregon - Communication and Development, Ohio University
David Carr - Coaching Education, Ohio University

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Walter Hall, Room 135
Keynote Address
Peter Alegi - Michigan State University

From Marginalization to Global Citizenship:
Africa's First World Cup in Historical Perspective

The day after Spain defeated The Netherlands in the World Cup final at the Soccer City in Johannesburg, global media celebrated South Africa's successful hosting of the planet’s greatest sporting event. “South Africa’s triumph in being host to the World Cup can no longer be questioned,” wrote the International Herald Tribune.  South African media were inundated by a tidal wave of self-congratulatory statements much like Mark Gevisser’s “We did it, we showed the world.” Other local commentators saw the World Cup as a Steve Biko-like moment of black pride, achievement and self-awareness.

Alegi's lecture reflects more deeply on the ways in which the 2010 World Cup fits into a long history of Africa’s contributions to the globalization of soccer, from colonial times to the present. His scholarly assessment of the 2010 World Cup's impact on South Africa should deepen our understanding of the intertwined nature of soccer, politics, business, and culture in twenty-first-century Africa.
African Soccerscapes Alegi is author of African Soccerscapes, How a Continent Changed the World's Game

4:30- 5:30 p.m. - Grover Center Atrium
Poster Session: UNHCR Toolkit Project by Sports and Development students

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Grover Center, W115
Movie: Pelada
Presentation: Sheri Huckleberry, Coaching Education, Ohio University

Sports in Africa: Politics and Globalization

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