The Institute of the African Child and the Center for Sports Administration


8th Sports in Africa Conference
Sports and Community Building in Africa and the Global South

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Brazil , and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar confirm the global reach of elite sports and the increased participation of Africa and the Global South. Does this trend denote fuller integration of the Global South into a world system of sports where each community thrives?  Or does it indicate a gradual transformation of traditional approaches to community building and a changing definition of community itself? Building on  a debate that started at the Sports in Africa Symposium at Ohio University in 2002, this conference seeks to understand and discuss the effects of mega-events and global marketing on local sports. To what degree are communities integrated into global sport and what kinds of loyalty do mega events generate locally? What roles do/can sports play in local communities in Africa and the Global South in the face of transnational sports economies? Can sports become a site for communities to reaffirm their own particularity, create new forms of solidarity and reinvent themselves? The 2012 conference encourages presentations on themes such as:

  • Sport and community health
  • International sponsors and the nature of local sports
  • Elite versus community sport: Which way forward?
  • Sports and education
  • Sports and wellness in local communities
  • Global sports in the workplace
  • Sport and community building
  • Globalization: How can local sports survive?
  • Sports and rural communities
  • Sports in the city: New challenges, new communities
  • Financing local sports
  • Impact of mega events on the environment
  • Mega-events, urban landscape and architecture
  • Media and Imagined Communities
  • Sport and culture

Although we encourage the submission of papers that focus on community sports, conference organizers are also open to the submission of papers that deal with other aspects of sports in Africa and the Global South, as well as comparative studies.  The conference intends to be intellectually engaging and a source of inspiration and networking for future scholarly and practical endeavors.

Submission Guidelines
Presentation Sessions (20 minutes)

Authors must submit a cover page, including the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s), and the author(s)' affiliation(s), if applicable; and an abstract of the paper. The abstract may be no longer than 350 words and should not contain the name(s) of the author(s) or reference(s) that would identify the author(s). All submissions should conform to Endnote style guidelines. Each submission should be made as a separate email attachment, using the .doc format from Microsoft Word or .txt format. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Online submission:

The deadline for presentation abstract submissions is March 4, 2012.

IMPORTANT: Selected papers will be considered for publication in Impumelelo:The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports

Gerard A. Akindes

Astou Ndiaye
Simon Akindes
Garrett Ash
Derek Catsam
Pascal Charitas
Claude Kemo-Keimbou
Decius Chipande
Mark Crandall
Laya Djonobaye
Andrew Guest
Henri Kah
Matthew Kirwin
Flavius Mokake
Samba Camara
Walter Nkwi
Chuka Onwumechili
Sunday Oloruntolo
Kwabena Owusu-Kwarteng
Martin Sango Ndeh
Karin ter-Horst
Anna Tranfaglia
Ali Ziyati

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