EU-Africa Sports Migration Workshop, May 9-10, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Senegal's Women's Basketball Team

The Center for African Studies with support from the Institute of European Studies and the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at the University of California, Berkeley organized a two-day research workshop: African athletes & migration to the European Union – Beyond Men’s Football on May 9-10, 2017

Photo: The Senegalese Women's Basketball team prior to Rio 2016. Most of the team members play for clubs in Europe.

 

 

A Research Workshop: African athletes & migration to the European Union – Beyond Men’s Football

May 9-10, 2017, 223 Moses Hall

There is a growing body of scholarly work on migration related to sport. With respect to Africa, this research has mainly focused on male footballers leaving Africa for Europe. What of women footballers and of athletes in other sports? What of EU-based coaches, agents and medical personnel working in sports in Africa? With funding from the European Union-funded Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at UC Berkeley, this workshop looked beyond men's football to explore other aspects of sport-related migration between Africa and the European Union. Goals of the workshop included:

  • To assess whether and how what we have learned about men’s football (soccer) migration is applicable in other arenas;
  • To assess progress in knowledge production around women’s football and Africa-EU migration;
  • To map out promising and innovative areas of research, especially in sports other than football;
  • To consider theories, methods and data sources for pursuing this research;
  • To consider various ways of disseminating knowledge and promoting discussion, including through journalism, graphic novels, and other media;
  • To generate new research questions;
  • To connect with the Sport Migration Network based at Aarhus University in Denmark;
  • To introduce this topic to scholars and students at UC Berkeley and in the Bay Area.

The day and a half workshop included panels, a round-table and a summary session. The first panel covered an assessment of the current state of theory, methods, data, research and knowledge on the migration of African footballers, male and female, to Europe. Subsequent panels turned to other sports, especially basketball and athletics. In all panels, gender was a key frame for analysis. In the roundtable, participants focused on the practicalities of conducting such research. The final session summarized critical next steps for theorizing and conducting research on migration and African athletes. The workshop even included an active session on the art of freestyle football.

Participants included:

 

Schedule

Tuesday, May 9

11:00 - 11:10 AM                     Introduction to each other and the Workshop

11:10 - 1:10 PM                        Panel 1: Framing the topic – What can we learn from Football Migration?

An assessment of the current state of theory, methods, data, research and knowledge on the migration of African footballers, male and female, to Europe

Presenters

  • Sine Agergaard, Aarhus University, Denmark, "Sports labor migration research: State of the art and promising perspectives."
  • Mari Haugaa Engh, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, "Women’s football migration from Nigeria to Scandinavia: Findings and arguments from a multi-sited research project."

Discussant

  • Sam Dubal, Harvard & University of California, Berkeley, USA

1:10 - 2:00 PM Lunch Break

2:00 - 4:00 PM                         Panel 2: Track & Field and Migration

Presenters

  • Teresa Krug, freelance journalist, formerly with Al Jazeera, USA, "Samia Yusuf Omar and Somali Track & Field."
  • Wycliffe Njororai Simiyu, University of Texas at Tyler, USA, "Configurations of Africa’s Track & Field Migration."

Discussant

4:00 - 4:15 PM                         Break

4:15 - 5:00 PM                         Panel 3: Sport and Physical Education Experiences of Migrants in Europe

Presenter

  • Kristin Walseth, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway, "Sport and Integration of Minority Women in Europe."

Discussant

  • Dania Cabello, Futbol Artist and Sport Liberation Educator, Oakland, CA USA

Wednesday, May 10

9:30 AM -11:30 PM                  Basketball and Migration

Presenters

  • Gerard Akindes, Josoor Institute, Qatar, "Career and Life Trajectories of African Male Basketball Players in Europe."
  • Martha Saavedra, University of California, Berkeley, USA, "The 2015 Women’s Afrobasket Tournament: Traveling through Africa and the European Union."

Discussant

  • Beth Packer, École Des Hautes Études En Sciences Sociales, France

11:30-12:30                               Lunch break

12:30 - 2:00 PM                         Roundtable: Practicalities of conducting this research: Methods and Data

Moderator: Martha Saavedra

2:00 - 3:00 PM                           Final Session: The way forward: Critical next steps for theorizing and conducting research on migration and African athletes.

3:00 - 5:00 PM Reception

For more information contact Martha Saavedra <martha@berkeley.edu>

Download Preliminary Program (PDF)