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GLOBALSPORT - Globalization, Sports, and the Precarity of Masculinity is a project funded by the European Research Council (2012–17).
GLOBALSPORT, Globalization, Sports, Precarity of Masculinity, Niko Besnier
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Activities

2012

1 September
GLOBALSPORT project launch
14–20 September
Susana Narotzky (GRECO) & Niko Besnier, organizers, Wenner-Gren Foundation Symposium, “Crisis, Value, and Hope: Rethinking the Economy,” Sintra, Portugal
31 October
Niko Besnier, “The Athlete’s Body and the Global Condition: Tongan Rugby Players in Japan,” School of Social Sciences, University of Hull
20 November
Niko Besnier, “The Athlete’s Body and the Global Condition: Tongan Rugby Players in Japan,” Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai‘i Mānoa
27 November
Niko Besnier, “Masculinité sportive polynésienne dans le cadre de la mondialisation: Le cas des rugbymen tongiens au Japon et au-delà,” Université de la Polynésie Française, Pape‘ete, French Polynesia
14–18 November
Niko Besnier, discussant, “Mana: Translations and Transformations of a Classic Concept in Anthropology” Panel, American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco

2013

26 January
Niko Besnier, “Cargo Cults and Political Instability in Pacific Island Societies: Towards a Politics of Hope,” Cargo Cults and Contemporary Conflicts in Pacific Societies Conference, National Museum of Ethnology, Ōsaka
31 January
Niko Besnier, “Le corps de l’athlète et la condition globale: Les joueurs de rugby tongiens au Japon,” Séminaire “L’interdisciplinarité en action,” École nationale supérieure & École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris
April
Niko Besnier: exploratory fieldwork with Pacific Island rugby players in France
22–24 April
Niko Besnier and Susana Narotzky (GRECO), “The Moral in Precarious Economies: Negotiating the Boundaries of the Good,” Towards a Comparative Study of the Good Conference, Helsinki Collegium for Advance Studies, Helsinki
May-July
Niko Besnier: continuation of fieldwork with Pacific Island rugby players in Japan
6 June
Media coverage of Niko Besnier, “The Athlete’s Body and the Global Condition” (2012), various online news reports and Radio New Zealand 1 prime time
25–27 June
Niko Besnier, “Generations in Crisis? Resources, Reciprocity and Exchange” Roundtable, 20th International Conference of Europeanists, Amsterdam
25–27 June
Niko Besnier, discussant, “Crisis and Livelihood Changes in Europe’s Periphery,” 20th International Conference of Europeanists, Amsterdam
1–2 July
Niko Besnier, Keynote address, “Sports in the Twenty-First Century: Global Connections, Local Hopes, National Conundrums,” Fiji Rugby Union Centennial Conference: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future, Suva, Fiji
2 July
Niko Besnier, Evening News interview, TV Fiji 1 and various local media coverage
20 July
Niko Besnier & Anneke Beerkens, presenters, Hirokazu Miyazaki, discussant, Youth and Work in Uncertain Times Workshop, National Museum of Ethnology, Ōsaka
22 July
Niko Besnier, “Globalization, Sports, and the Precarity of Masculinity,” Seminar, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Tōkyō
August
Niko Besnier: exploratory fieldwork with Pacific Island rugby players in France
1 September
GLOBALSPORT postdoctoral fellows and graduate students begin
19–20 September
Niko Besnier, “New Mana: Transformations of a Classic Concept in Pacific Languages and Cultures” Workshop, Australian National University, Canberra
22 September
Niko Besnier, “Anthropology for the Current Times,” The Gazelle, New York University Abu Dhabi student newspaper (http://www.thegazelle.org/issue/14/opinion/besnier/)
26 September
Rencontre avec Niko Besnier, ethnologue, “Ne pas traiter la sexualité et le genre comme des objets séparés,” Les Nouvelles de Tahiti (print and online: http://www.lesnouvelles.pf/article/culture/des-mots-pour-le-dire)
30 September
Niko Besnier, “The Athlete’s Body and the Global Condition: Tongan Rugby Players in Japan and Beyond,” Department of Social Sciences, New York University Abu Dhabi
7–9 October
Project workshop “Care, generations, consumption” with guests Susana Narotzky (GRECO), Chris Gregory and Deborah Posel, in cooperation with projects CHEMICALYOUTH, GRECO, and LONG TERM CARE
25–26 October
Niko Besnier, Roundtable Panel Participant, “Kick It! The Anthropology of European Football” Conference, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Wien
29 October
“Project workshop “Ethics in ethnography Part I” with guests Dick Willems and Thomas Guadamuz, in cooperation with projects CHEMICALYOUTH and LONG TERM CARE”
8 November
Niko Besnier, Daniel Guinness, Adnan Hossain, Meeting with the Mulier Institute, Dutch national research organization for sports, Utrecht, Netherlands
26 November
Niko Besnier, conferencia magistral, “Globalisación, deportes y la precaridad de la masculinidad,” Universidad de Sonora Hermosillo, Mexico
28 November
Niko Besnier, “Crisis, Valor y Esperanza: Repensando la economía,” Coloquio “Pensamiento ambiental emergente: Educación para la transformación,” Centro de investigaciones sobre la alimentación y el desarrollo (CIAD), Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
9 December
Mani Mitchell, counselor and intersex activist in Wellington (New Zealand), talks to the GLOBALSPORT team about gender verification in sport and intersex issues
11–13 December
Project workshop “Changing Masculinities” with guests Filippo Osella, Rachel Spronk, Heidi Härkönen, Fiona Parrott, Adnan Hossain and Eileen Moyer, in cooperation with project CHEMICALYOUTH

2014

1 January-28 February
Mike Peters conducts fieldwork with Kenya marathon runners in Japan
15 January
Niko Besnier, discussant, “Anthropological Knots: A Symposium,” Institute of Social & Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, in association with Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
16–17 January
Project workshop “Sport Mobilities” with guests Carmen Silva, Thomas Carter, Paul Darby and Sine Agergaard
14 February
PhD student Mike Peters quoted in New York Times, “America’s Team? Yankees May Be Japan’s Team Instead”
18 February
Niko Besnier, blog contribution, Cultural Anthropology website, Field Notes, Translation: Sport as an Interrogation of Social and Cultural Life (http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/491-sports-translation)
31 January
Niko Besnier, “Qu’est-ce qu’une frontière pour un sportif international?” Journée d’étude “Dessiner les frontières,” Université Paris III
February–May
Daniel Guinness and Adnan Hossain, “Pleasure, Power and Gender in Sport”, advanced undergraduate thematic module designed and taught at UvA
19–21 February
Project workshop “Language, Inequality, and the Globalized New Economies” with guests Monica Heller, Cécile Canut, Alexandre Duchêne and Kathryn Woolard, in cooperation with projects CHEMICALYOUTH and GRECO
14 March
Niko Besnier falls off his bicycle at high speed and breaks his arm
17–19 March
Project workshop “Ethics in ethnography Part II” with guests Rena Lederman, Lise Dobrin and Anneke Beerkens, in cooperation with projects CHEMICALYOUTH, GRECO, and LONG TERM CARE
21–22 March
Adnan Hossain, “Intersexuality and sports: What is sexuality in practice?”, workshop participant, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands
25 March
Niko Besnier, discussant, Rebecca Jordan Young, “Fair Game? The Racial and Sexual Politics of Testosterone in Women Athletes,” Nijmegen Gender Studies & Sexualities Lecture
26–28 March
Project workshop “Body culture, medicine and the globalization of biopower” with guests Susan Brownell, Vinh Kim Nguyen, Alex Edmonds and Guillaume Lachenal, in cooperation with project CHEMICALYOUTH
31 March
Minke Nouwens, “Sex and Pleasure in Sport: A Woman’s Perspective on the Performance of Masculinity in a New Zealand Professional Rugby Team,” Guest Lecture for course “Pleasure, Power and Gender in Sport”, University of Amsterdam
1 April
Niko Besnier, “The Athlete’s Body and the Global Condition: Tongan Rugby Players in Japan and Beyond,” Department of Anthropology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
7–10 May
Daniel Guinness, “Gender Negotiations and ‘Belonging’ in (Professional) Sports”, discussant, European Association for the Sociology of Sport, Utrecht, Netherlands
24 May
Niko Besnier, UvA Universiteitsdag seminar, “Sport migrants as world citizens”
26–28 May
Project workshop “Precarity, Globalization, and the Production of the Future” with guests Deborah Gewertz, Fred Errington, Anne Allison and Charles Piot, in cooperation with projects CHEMICALYOUTH and GRECO
5–6 June
Niko Besnier, “Les migrations sportive internationales: Perspectives postcoloniales,” “Corps postcolonial workshop,” Université de Lausanne
17–20 June
GLOBALSPORT project members, “Sport, Globalization and Migration” PhD seminar organized by Sine Agergaard, Aarhus University, Sandbjerg Estate, Sønderborg, Denmark
June
Niko Besnier, ed., Sport: Pleasure and Violence, Competition and Sociality. Curated issue of Open Anthropology 3(1), with an “Editor’s Note” (http://www.aaaopenanthro.org/)
31 July
Adnan Hossain, “Marginality of the Field of Anthropology of Sex and Sport”, European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference, Tallinn, Estonia
1 August
Niko Besnier and Susana Narotzky ( GRECO), “ Innovation and Continuity in Times of Uncertainty: Bridging Perspectives on Economic Life”, Panel organized at the European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference, Tallinn, Estonia
6 August
Niko Besnier and Maria Filomena Gregori, public debate (“dueto”), “Gênero e sexualidade: Perspectivas contemporâneas em um mundo globalizado,” 29a Reuniaõ Braziliera de Antropologia, Natal, Brazil
8 August
Niko Besnier, “Flows and Frictions: Athletic Migrants and the Dilemmas of Borders,” Simpósio Internacional “Deslocamentos: Raça e racismo em perspectiva comparativa,” pós evento da 29a Reuniaõ Braziliera de Antropologia, Natal, Brazil
August–September
Adnan Hossain and Daniel Guinness, preliminary fieldwork in Bangladesh and Argentina respectively
August–September
Daniel Guinness attends the International Seminar on Olympic Studies for Post-Graduate students, Olympia, Greece
September
Susana Narotzky (GRECO) and Niko Besnier, eds., Crisis, Value, and Hope: Rethinking the Economy. Supplement to Current Anthropology 55(S9). 154pp.
September
PhD students leave for their respective fieldwork locations: Mark Hann in Dakar (Senegal), Uroš Kovač in Buea and Limbe (Cameroon), Minke Nouwens in Wellington (New Zealand), Douglas Kwaw Koi Thompson in Ljubljana (Slovenia); Mike Peters continues conducting fieldwork in various locations in Japan
September–December
Daniel Guinness and Adnan Hossain, “Pleasure, Power and Gender in Sport”, advanced undergraduate thematic module taught at UvA
11–13 September
“Adnan Hossain and Daniel Guinness, “Pleasure, Power and Masculinity in Sport” and Niko Besnier, “Masculinity, the Sport Industries, and the Global Circulation of Athletes,” ICSM Symposium on Men and Masculinities, Izmir, Turkey”
September–December
Heidi Härkönen, PhD Helsinki, whose work concerns changing relations of care, provision, and love in post-socialist times in Cuba, joins the project as a visiting researcher
30 September
Adnan Hossain, “Masculinity, Pleasure and Power”, Global Studies Seminar Series, University of Sussex, UK
1–2 October
Mark Hann takes part in “Atelier régional sur les migrants en situation de crise en Afrique de l’Ouest,” DIADEM workshop, Dakar, Senegal
October
Mark Hann is teaching assistant in the course “Médiation interculturelle: identités, mobilités, conflits,” MITRA Master Erasmus Mundus, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
10–15 November
Niko Besnier’s field site visit to Douglas Kwaw Koi Thompson, Ljubljana, Slovenia
15 November
Uroš Kovač interviewed about his fieldwork on Mediafrique Radio (Sports Desk), Buea, Cameroon
3–7 December
Niko Besnier, “Flows and Frictions: Athletic Migrants and the Dilemmas of Borders”, 113th Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC

2015

1 January
PhD student Paveł Banaś joins GLOBALSPORT
January-October
Daniel Guinness conducts fieldwork in Argentina
7–9 January
Niko Besnier takes part in the 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland, OR, in his capacity as the American Anthropological Association’s Executive Board liaison to the Linguistic Society of America
20 January
Niko Besnier elected to the Executive Council of the European Association of Social Anthropologists for a term of two years
26 January
Thesis defense, Perrine Lachenal, “Self-défense féminine dans le Caire en revolution: Techniques du genre et jeux de violence”, Université Aix-Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, thesis directed by Laurence Hérault, Niko Besnier is a member of the defense committee
28 January
Niko Besnier takes part in the Benelux PI-Centric Workshop, European Research Council Executive Agency, Brussels
1 February
Adnan Hossain begins fieldwork in Trinidad, during which he is a research affiliate at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) at the University of the West Indies, Saint Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
19–20 February
Susana Narotzky and Niko Besnier, co-organizers, ERC Advanced Grants in Social & Cultural Anthropology Principal Investigators’ Workshop, Universitat de Barcelona
24-26 March
Niko Besnier, “Seeking the Good Life in the Sport Industries: Care, Scale, and the Precarity of Athletic Migrants”, Conference on Domestic Moral Economy, co-organized by Christopher Gregory and Karen Sykes, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester
7-10 April
Niko Besnier takes part in the Feminist Economics Workshop, GRECO Project, Susana Narotzky, organizer, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Isabelle Guerin, and Frances Pine, invited speakers, University of Barcelona
29 April
Niko Besnier, “Seeking the Good Life in the Sport Industries”, invited seminar, Departments of Anthropology and Research Methods in the Social Sciences, University of Vienna
May–July
Mark Hann, in collaboration with Mamadou Khouma Gueye and Plan B, filming of “Yëngël Gësëm” documentary, Dakar
25 May
Adnan Hossain, “Indo-Caribbean Men and Masculinities in Cricket in Postcolonial Trinidad”, paper presentation, 40th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association, New Orleans, Louisiana
1 June
Niko Besnier, “Masculinité, mobilités sportives et enjeux d’échelle: Les rugbymen polynésiens entre le local et le global”, Programme Interdisciplinaire de Recherche en Sciences du Sport et du Mouvement Humain, Université de Toulouse Paul Sabatier
3–6 June
Daniel Guinness takes part in the Curso de Administración Deportivo, Comité Olímpico Argentino, Santa Fe, Argentina
3–10 June
Niko Besnier visits Mark Hann in his field site, Dakar, Senegal
4-13 June
Adnan Hossain: Fieldwork trip to Guyana
6 June
Daniel Guinness, “La Construcción del Género por Clubes Deportivos”, Universidad Nacional de Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina
12 June
Niko Besnier, “Masculinité, mobilités sportives et enjeux d’échelle: Les rugbymen polynésiens entre le local et le global”, Grand Départ: Sport as Identity Marker in Colonial and Postcolonial Settings in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Van Gogh Exchange Programme, University of Amsterdam
26 June
Niko Besnier, “Globalization, Sport, and the Precarity of Masculinity”, invited paper, 20th Congress of the European College of Sport Sciences, Malmø
1 July
Niko Besnier becomes editor-in-chief of the journal American Ethnologist
2-9 August
Adnan Hossain: Interviews/meetings with the CLR James Cricket Research Centre and CLR James Cricket Research Centre Library at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill and Barbados Cricket Association
3-16 August
Mike Peters: fieldwork trip to Kenya
12 August
Mike Peters: Volunteering at the Shoe4Africa Childen’s Hospital (East and Central Africa’s first-ever public children’s hospital) children’s race and shoe distribution events in Eldoret, Kenya
9-16 August
Daniel Guinness: fieldwork trip to Mendoza, Argentina
17-26 August
Daniel Guinness:Collaboration with Robert Malengreau in Morro do Castro, greater Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18–26 August
Niko Besnier visits Adnan Hossain in his field site, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
29 August
Community screening of “Yëngël Gësëm” documentary by Mark Hann, Mamadou Khouma Gueye and Plan B, Guinaw Rails, Dakar, Senegal
6-10 September
Adnan Hossain: Meetings with the West Indies Cricket Board and Leeward Cricket Association in Antigua
13–15 October
Niko Besnier participates in the Annual General Meeting of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, Prague, and, with Susana Narotzky, leads a capacity-building workshop on ERC grant applications
19-23 October
GLOBALSPORT team workshop, organized by Daniel Guinness and Adnan Hossein
25–29 October
Mark Hann and Uroš Kovač, “Subjective Experiences of Aspiring Football Migrants in West and Central Africa” and Niko Besnier, “Locating Sport Migrants in Structures of Kinship and Indebtedness”, 9th World Communication Conference on Sport and Society, “Global Sport: Reform or Revolution?” Play the Game 2015, Aarhus, Denmark
1–9 November
Sebastián Fuentes of the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina, visits the GLOBALSPORT project
3–4 November
Adnan Hossain, Dan Guinness and Sebastián Fuentes, Uroš Kovač, and Mark Hann present at the “Masculinity and Mobilities: Ethnographic Approaches to Men and Change” workshop, co-organized by Mark Johnson (Goldsmiths C), Frances Pine (Goldsmiths C), and Niko Besnier, with Ward Keeler (U Texas Austin) as discussant, Goldsmiths College London
17–21 November
Niko Besnier attends the 114th annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association as a member of the Executive Board of the American Ethnological Society and a member of the Task Force on AAA’s engagement with Israel/Palestine
27 November
Niko Besnier is discussant, “Language and Transgender” workshop, School of Languages and Cultures, Victoria University of Wellington
7–8 December
Mark Hann, “Situating Trafficking: Family Pressure, Self-Entrepreneurship, and Exploitation in Precarious Football Migration Projects”, “Ensemble pour la Protection des Jeunes Joueurs de Football en Afrique” international conference, Dakar, Senegal
6–16 December
Mark Hann conducts follow-up field research in Dakar
25 December-28 January
Adnan Hossain conducts field research in Dhaka, Bangladesh

2016

January–February
Paweł Banaś conducted fieldwork in Poland
January–March
Daniel Guinness and Niko Besnier conduct field research in Fiji; both are research affiliates with the School of Social Sciences, University of the South Pacific; Daniel Guinness trains and plays with the Lomaiviti Rugby Team, Raiwaqa, Suva
February–May
Adnan Hossain and Daniel Guinness, “Pleasure, Power and Gender in Sport”, advanced undergraduate thematic module designed and taught at UvA
4 March
Daniel Guinness, “The Global Rugby System and the Experience of Fijians within It”, seminar, School of Social Sciences, University of the South Pacific; Lomaiviti Rugby Team (including Daniel Guinness) vs Suva Fire Squad friendly game, Buckhurst Bidesi Grounds, Suva
daniel-and-rugby
18 March
Niko Besnier, “Sports Mobilities across Borders: Postcolonial Perspectives”, seminar, School of Social Sciences, University of the South Pacific
31 March-3 April
Niko Besnier at the American Ethnological Society Spring Meeting, Washington DC
31 March
Niko Besnier, “Getting your Article Published” workshop, American Ethnological Society Spring Meeting, Washington DC
1 April
Niko Besnier takes part in “The Future of Academic Publishing” roundtable, American Ethnological Society Spring Meeting, Washington DC
April
Niko Besnier conducts field research in Tonga
11 April
Niko Besnier interviewed about Tongan rugby players in global rugby on 88.1FM radio, Nuku’alofa, Tonga (in Tongan)
1 April
Niko Besnier, “Tongan Rugby Players in World Rugby”, Futa Helu Memorial Lecture Series, ‘Atenisi Institute, Nuku’alofa, Tonga
30 March-14 April
Paveł Banaś conducts field research in Nigeria
15 May-15 June
Uroš Kovač conducts exploratory field research in Poland and Slovakia
18 May
Niko Besnier, “Mobility, Immobility, and Masculinity: Imagining a Future in the Global Sports Industries”, “Fabricating Futures in economies of Finiteness: Aspirations/Immobilities, Revivals/Revolutions” Seminar Series, Immigration, Minorities, and Migrants Research Centre, KU Leuven
27–29 May
Niko Besnier and Daniel Guinness, “Global Sport Industries, Migrations, and Comparison of Scales”, “Comparing Culture(s): Reinvigorating Explicit Comparison as a Method in Anthropology” Conference, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universität Hamburg
June
Niko Besnier is guest professor, Faculté des Sciences du Sport et du Mouvement Humain, université de Toulouse III Paul Sabatier
6–11 June
Adnan Hossain, “Masculinity and erotic subjectivity in ethnographic fieldwork in Trinidad”, 41st Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
16 June
Niko Besnier, “Les politiques identitaires entre le local et le global: la mobilisation transgenre aux îles Tonga (Pacifique sud)”, seminar, Institut Fédératif d’Etudes et de Recherches Interdisciplinaires Santé Société, and Centre de Recherche, Sciences Sociales, Sport et Corps, université de Toulouse III Paul Sabatier
16 June

Film Screening, Wrestling with Hope — Yëngël Gësëm, a film by Mamadou Khouma Geye and Mark Hann, Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam
Watch film trailer here

Wrestling with Hope Film

17 June
Daniel Guinness, “Sociolinguistic Dynamics of Global Rugby Union: Authority of Professionalism, Authenticity of Local Identities, and Performance to Multiple Audiences”, “Language, Mobility and the Sports Economy” panel, Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Murcia, Spain
27-29 June
Workshop, “Sport and masculinities: How to think masculinities in the sports world today”, Centre de Recherche, Sciences Sociales, Sport et Corps, université de Toulouse III Paul Sabatier: Mark Hann, “Sporting Bodies: Football, Wrestling and Migration in Senegal”, Daniel Guinness, “Club Argentina: Class and gender in a globalized world”, Niko Besnier, “Masculinities in a Global Sporting Context”
July-September
Daniel Guinness conducts fieldwork in Argentina
July
Mike Peters, “Running, Spending, and Saving in Japan“, Anthropology News 57(7-8): 3-4; Mark Hann, “Wrestling with Uncertainty in Dakar’s Banlieue“, Anthropology News 57(7-8): 8-11; Daniel Guinness and Sebastián Fuentes, “Argentine Rugby Gets Professional“, Anthropology News 57(7-8): 14-15; Susan Brownell and Niko Besnier, “Sport Mega-Events and Global Political Economy“, Anthropology News 57(7-8): 16-17.
2-3 July
Daniel Guinness and Niko Besnier with the Euro-Fiji Rugby Team at the Brussels Rugby Sevens, followed by ceremonies and socializing at Fiji House, hosted by H.E. Deo Saran, Ambassador of the Republic of Fiji to the European Union
7-8 July
Domenica Calabrò takes part in the Haka Rugby Camp in Piacenza, Italy
20-23 July
14th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, “Anthropological legacies and human futures”, University of Milano-Bicocca: “Transnational sport migrants and human futures” panel, co-organized by Carmen Rial (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina) and Niko Besnier, with papers by Mark Hann, Uroš Kovač, Michael Peters, Paweł Banaś, Domenica Gisella Calabrò, Sebastián Fuentes, Mariane Pisani, Adnan Hossain, and others; “Getting your Article Published” workshop, run by Niko Besnier; “Writing ERC Grant Proposals” workshop, run by Susana Narotzky (Universitá de Barcelona) and Niko Besnier
1 August
Adnan Hossain, “Race and Cricket Narratives in the West Indies“, Anthropology News
4 August
Niko Besnier and Susan Brownell, “Your Olympic Team May Be an Illusion“, SAPIENS
4-13 August
Mike Peters conducts fieldwork in Kenya
5-21 August
Niko Besnier conducts fieldwork with Susan Brownell at the Rio Olympic Games
10 August
Niko Besnier and Susan Brownell, “Rio’s Olympic Festival in the Streets: Photo Essay“, SAPIENS
12 August
Susan Brownell and Niko Besnier, “Zika at the Rio Games: Pandemic or Panic?“, SAPIENS
13 August
Uroš Kovač, “Soccer, Kinship and Migration Dreams in Cameroon“, Anthropology News
16 August
Niko Besnier interviewed in “Multi-nation sports teams are examples of equal-opportunity societies” by Ben Deighton, Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine
16 August
Susan Brownell and Niko Besnier, “Do the Olympics Make Economic Sense?“, SAPIENS
19 August
Niko Besnier and Susan Brownell, “The Untold Story Behind Fiji’s Astonishing Gold Medal“, SAPIENS
22 August-1 September
Niko Besnier visits Sebastián Fuentes and Daniel Guinness in Buenos Aires
25 August
Niko Besnier, “Lograr publicar un artículo. La experiencia en American Ethnologist”, seminar, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Buenos Aires
26 August
Book launch of Sebastián Fuentes’s new book, co-authored with Mariana Chaves and Luisa Vecino, Experiencias juveniles de la desigualdad: Fronteras y merecimientos en sectores populares, medios altos y altos, Universidad Nacional de Lanús, Buenos Aires
14 September
Niko Besnier, Conférence de rentrée, École normale supérieure, Paris, “Entre Nord et Sud: Industries sportives, masculinité et précarité globale”
September-November
Domenica Calabrò conducts fieldwork in Aotearoa New Zealand
15 September
Mike Peters interviewed in Aftenposten’s A-Magasinet (Oslo), Frode Saugestad, “Nasjonens helter: Langdistanseløperne er Japans nasjonalhelter
16 September
“Género, Políticas de Género y Procesos de Profesionalización: Militares, Docentes y Deportistas” workshop organized by Sebastián Fuentes; Sebastián Fuentes, “Notas para pensar las relaciones de género y educación como tecnologías de gobierno: políticas educativas y políticas deportivas,” Daniel Guinness, “Masculinidades: Formaciones y trayectorias juveniles en la expansión del rugby global,” Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Socialies (FLACSO), Buenos Aires
22-28 September
Sebastián Fuentes conducts fieldwork in Formosa, Argentina
26-27 September
Niko Besnier is discussant and roundtable chair, “Gouverner les pratiques économiques” international conference, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris
30 September
Niko Besnier is interviewed for the SPORTMIGRATION Newsletter
30 September
Mark Hann’s GLOBALSPORT blog piece on ethnicity and wrestling in Dakar in The Conversation Africa and Johannesburg’s Guardian and Mail, reblogged on SAPIENS
3 October
Niko Besnier discusses Susana Narotzky’s work, “L’économie vue par le bas: inégalité, injustice et dignité”, “Oikonomia: Gouverner les pratiques quotidiennes” seminar, École normale supérieure, Paris
10 October
Niko Besnier is discussant, Journée d’études “Mobilités sociales, mobilités spatiales“, École normale supérieure, Paris
10 October
Susana Narotzky discusses Niko Besnier’s work, “Mobilités sportives globales: Économie des corps et circulations post-coloniales”, “Oikonomia: Gouverner les pratiques quotidiennes” seminar, École normale supérieure, Paris
15 October
Uroš Kovač, “Performing and Contesting Tradition: Footballers and Wrestlers in Southwest Cameroon” and Mark Hann, “Uncertain Trajectories in Senegalese Lutte avec Frappe”; Film Screening, Wrestling with Hope — Yëngël Gësëm, Netherlands Association for African Studies (NVAS) Africa Day: Sport in Africa, University of Utrecht
21 October
23 October
27 October
Roundtable, “The Body, Masculinity and Precarity”, chaired by Jeanette Edwards, with Niko Besnier, Brian Heaphy, Deborah Jump and Tony Simpson, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester
28 October
2 November
Domenica Calabró, “Rugby, Māori Masculinities, and the Transnational Search for Recognition”, Seminar, Te Kawa a Māui – The School of Māori Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
2 November
Niko Besnier, “Getting your Article Published” workshop, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
7 November
Niko Besnier, “Writing ERC Grant Proposals” workshop, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
7 November
Niko Besnier, “Rethinking Masculinity Through Sport”, Seminar, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
11 November
Sebastián Fuentes takes part in roundtable, “Jerarquías y corporalidades: cuando la diferencia se hace cuerpo”, Proyecto “Procesos de jerarquización en la Argentina contemporánea”, National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Universidad de Buenos Aires
13 November
Sebastián Fuentes, with Pablo Di Leo, Nicolás Damin, Melina Vázquez, Rafael Blanco, Ana Natalucci, “Jóvenes, juvenil, juventudes: Hacia la búsqueda de nuevos debates“, Argumentos: Revista de Critica Social, No 18
17 November
American Anthropological Association 115th Annual Meetings, Minneapolis, “Sport Careers, Religious Conviction, and Uncertain Futures”, Daniel Guinness, organizer, Adnan Hossain, chair, Susan Brownell (University of Missouri St Louis), discussant, with presentations by Mark Hann (“Between Mysticism and Modernity: Contradictory Expectations and ‘Mystical Warfare’ in Two Senegalese Sports”), Daniel Guinness (“A Trinity of Destinies: Faith, Ethno-Nationalism and Raw Talent in Fijian Professional Rugby Aspirations”), Sebastián Fuentes (“Traditional Values and New Futures of Youth: Personal Catholic Experience and ‘Team Spirit’ Among Privileged Rugby Players in Buenos Aires”), Carmen Rial, Federal University of Santa Catarina (“The Brazilian Football Players: Global Pastors of Neo-Pentecostal Religions”)
19 November

American Anthropological Association 115th Annual Meetings, Minneapolis, “Gambling with Uncertainty: Transnational Mobility and the Global Sport Industries”, Niko Besnier, organizer and chair, Ayse Çağlar (University of Vienna), discussant, with presentations by Niko Besnier (“Why Do an Anthropology of Global Sport Mobilities in the 21st Century?”), Thomas Carter, University of Brighton (“Accidents, Injuries and Apparatuses: On Athletes’ Precarious Mobility and Conditions of Immobility in the Global Sport Industries”), Adnan Hossain (“Body, ‘Race’, and Belonging in Postcolonial Caribbean Cricket”), Paweł Banás (“Overcoming Marginality: West African Soccer Players in Poland”), Michael Peters (“Coping with Uncertainty: Kenyan Migrant Athletes in Japan”), and Domenica Calabrò (“The Warrior, the Player, and the Man: Recognition, Precarity and Subjectivities in the Transnational Mobility of Māori Rugby Men”)

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21-25 November

GLOBALSPORT intensive writing workshop, Palm Springs, California, with Susan Brownell (University of Missouri St Louis) as discussant

Palm Springs writing workshop
Palm Springs writing workshop

2017

5 February

Daniel Guinness and Niko Besnier, “Nation, Nationalism, and Sport: Fijian Rugby in the Local-Global Nexus“, Anthropological Quarterly 89(4): 1109–1142

3 February
Domenica Calabró, “Le guerrier, l’athlète et l’homme. La construction de la masculinité maorie dans le rugby et les enjeux de l’indigénéité”, Seminar, Centre de recherche et de documentation sur l’Océanie (CREDO), École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Marseille
6-26 February
Mark Hann in Senegal for additional fieldwork
21 February
« Corps en lutte au Sénégal » conference, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar: Niko Besnier, « Corps, sports et futurs : la lutte sénégalaise dans un contexte global »; Mark Hann, « Entre mystique et métier : trajectoires précaires de jeunes espoirs en lutte sénégalaise »
Colloque Luttle Sénégalaise
2 March
Niko Besnier, “Hommes, femmes et bien plus encore!“, radio interview with Nicole Duparc, émission Espace Deux, RTS Genève
2 March
Niko Besnier, “Société: Un et un font trois“, radio interview with Linn Levy, émission Vertigo, RTS Genève
6 March

Niko Besnier, “Troisième genre: voyage à travers des identités à géométrie variable“, public lecture, Semaine de l’Égalité 2017, Ville de Genève and Institut des Études Genre de l’Université de Genève, Université de Genève

8 March
Niko Besnier, “La complexité du genre“, radio interview with Julien Magnollay, émission Tribu, RTS Lausanne
23 March
16 March
Niko Besnier, “Rethinking Masculinity through Sport: Cameroonian Football Players, Fijian Rugby Boys, and Senegalese Wrestlers”, Seminar, Department of Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences
22 March

Niko Besnier, ““Der Hyper-Macho wird es hier nicht schaffen”“, Der Standard (Wein), Forschung Spezial, p. 10

1-12 April
Daniel Guinness conducts fieldwork in Australia
5-6 April
Niko Besnier participates in roundtable, “Disaffection, Resentment, and Despair”, UCLA-UvA workshop, “Crisis and the Ordinary”, Amsterdam
14 April
Niko Besnier, “Sport et migration“, radio interview with Julien Magnollay, émission Tribu, RTS Lausanne
18 April
Niko Besnier, “Repenser la masculinité par le sport : lutteurs sénégalais, footballeurs camerounais, et rugbymen fidjiens”, séminaire “Ce que le sport fait aux sciences sociales“, organized by Jérôme Beauchez, Julien Clément, Nicolas Damont, and Éric Wittersheim, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris
18 April
Niko Besnier participates in roundtable « Sport et Recherche », Rencontre annuelle du fonds de dotation de l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris
25-30 April
Domenica Calabrò conducted fieldwork in France
10 May
Niko Besnier gives workshop, “La publicatió en revisits d’impacte”, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Barcelona, followed by a workshop by Susana Narotzky and Niko Besnier on ERC grants
29 May
Joint seminar with CHEMICALYOUTH project, Ilana Gershon (Indiana University), “Me™: Hiring in a Neoliberal Age”, followed by workshop on neoliberalism
5-9 June

GLOBALSPORT end-of-project conference, Vila Lanna, Prague, with guests Sine Agergaard, Joseph Alter, Susan Brownell, Paul Darby, Jeanette Edwards, James Esson, Richard Giulianotti, William Kelly, Linsday Krasnoff, Wolfram Manzenreiter, John McManus, Dino Numerato, Sari Pietikäinen, Carmen Silvia de Moraes Rial, and Cheikh Tidiane Wane

Prague
Prague
Prague

12 June

Niko Besnier, “Rethinking Masculinity through Sport: Cameroonian Footballers, Fijian Rugby Boys, Senegalese Wrestlers”, Institute of Ethnology, Charles University, Prague

14 June
Niko Besnier, “From Global South to Global North: Sport, Gender, and Precarity”, Keynote lecture, 14th European Association for the Sociology of Sport Conference, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Charles University, Prague
19 June
Niko Besnier takes part in PhD defense, Jérôme Berthoud, “Devenir, être et avoir été un footballeur camerounais: Des arrêts de carrière en tension”, Institut des sciences du sport, Faculté des sciences sociales et politiques, Université de Lausanne
25 June
Niko Besnier takes part in roundtable, “The Coming East Asian Olympic Games: What PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020, and Beijing/Zhangjiakou 2022 Tell Us about East Asia’s Place in the World”, organized by Kang Shin-pyo, chaired by Susan Brownell, with the additional participation of John MacAloon and Ru Xiuying, Asian Studies in Asia Conference, Korea University, Seoul
27-28 June

Visit to the PyeongChang-Gangneung Winter Olympics venues, organized by Kang Shin-pyo

from right to left: John MacAloon, Sara Brewster, Niko Besnier, Susan Brownell, Kang Shin-pyo, Ru Xiuying, and Mahmoud and-el-Wahed

2 July
Mark Hann, “Why African Fans Love European Football: A Senegalese Perspective“, The Conversation Africa, republished as “Senegal’s Euro-football Love Affair”, Mail & Guardian, print edition, 7 July, p. 37
4 July
Adnan Hossain, “Can Caribbean Cricket Get Its (Political) Groove Back?” The Conversation Global, republished in Huffington Post

 

20 July
Mark Hann, “The Demba Diop Stadium Football Crush: Is this Senegal’s Hillsborough?“, The Conversation Africa

Survivors of a stampede at Demba Diop stadium, Senegal. Eight people were killed when a wall collapsed after fighting started between fans. EPA