FSF Futbolera

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What a great opening to the 2019-20 season! Authors Brenda Elsey and Joshua Nadel joined us for a discussion of their new book, Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America. The conversation was moderated by Alex Galarza.

Participants: Laurent Dubois, Rwany Sibaja, Danyel Reiche, Patrick Ridge, Javier Pescador, Martha Saavedra, Andrew Guest, Chris Gaffney, Melissa Forbis, Tom McCabe, and Peter Alegi.

Listen to an audio recording of the session:

FSF 2019-20 Schedule

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#1 Tuesday, September 24, 3pm (US ET)

Brenda Elsey and Joshua Nadel, Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America [https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/elsey-nadel-futbolera] (Moderator: Alex Galarza)


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#2 Wednesday, October 30, 3pm (US ET)

Nuno Domingos, Football and Colonialism: Body and Popular Culture in Urban Mozambique [https://www.ohioswallow.com/book/Football+and+Colonialism] (Moderator: Todd Cleveland)


#3 December 3-5 (tbc)

FILM: This Is Football (Amazon Prime) [https://www.amazon.com/This-Is-Football-Season-1/dp/B07T8KT8TT]


#4 February (tbd)

Caitlin Murray, National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer [https://www.uswntbook.com/] (Moderator: Tom McCabe)


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#5 and #6 (March-May tbd)

David Goldblatt, The Age of Football: The Global Game in the 21st Century [https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/david-goldblatt/the-age-of-football/9781509854240] (Moderators Simon Rofe and Peter Alegi)


All sessions take place via Zoom. To participate contact Peter Alegi or Alex Galarza.

FSF May: The Quiet Fan


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On May 22, at 3pm (US Eastern, -5 GMT) soccer writer and journalist Ian Plenderleith joins FSF to discuss his memoir, The Quiet Fan.

Neither Fever Pitch nor a hooligan’s account, this book instead examines the role of football as a reassuring, ever-present background to life’s thrills, pains and fluctuations.

Contact Peter Alegi (alegi AT msu DOT edu) to participate in the online forum.

Gender and the Selling of Women’s Pro Soccer

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The second FSF session of 2019 featured sociologist Rachel Allison, author of an engaging new book titled, Kicking Center: Gender and the Selling of Women’s Professional Soccer.

The conversation delved into the team at the heart of the book and then examined various aspects of the marketing of WPS—the second women’s pro soccer league in the United States—as well as its social context and audiences. The book’s themes of race, class, gender, sexuality, and social media were explored in detail. The discussion also brought out continuities and changes between the defunct WPS and its successor, the NWSL, now in its seventh season.

For her next project, Allison will be traveling to the 2019 Women’s World Cup to conduct a study of women’s soccer fandom. This exciting new work is funded by a prestigious FIFA-CIES research scholarship.

Participants included: Andrew Guest, Adam Winkel, David Kilpatrick, Steven Apostolov, Danyel Reiche, Titi Kou, Todd Cleveland, Chris Henderson, and Peter Alegi.

Listen to an audio recording of the session below.



Eusebio and Beyond: Afro-Portugal

On February 26, Todd Cleveland joined us for a discussion of his book, Following the Ball: The Migration of African Soccer Players across the Portuguese Colonial Empire, 1949-1975 (Ohio University Press, 2017).

Cleveland grappled with questions about different aspects of his multifaceted and player-centered history of migration to Portugal from African colonies such as Mozambique and Angola. Cleveland, a social and labor historian of Africa at the University of Arkansas, explained his use of archival and oral sources, and stressed how African soccer migrants, despite many challenges under colonial rule, managed to find ways to negotiate a better life for themselves in Portugal.

Participants included: Danyel Reiche, Martha Saavedra, Michelle Sikes, Jacob Fredericks, Tianyi “Titi” Kou, Andrew Guest, and Peter Alegi.

Below is an audio recording of the session.

Portugal and Africa: Football, Empire, and Migration

FSF’s first session of 2019 takes place on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 1pm US Eastern Time (-5 GMT). Historian Todd Cleveland joins us to discuss his recent book Following the Ball: The Migration of African Soccer Players across the Portuguese Colonial Empire, 1949–1975.

For free access to the book’s introduction click here, and for a journal article that provides a sample of the book’s main argument and its rich evidence click here.

Please RSVP to alegi AT msu DOT edu to participate in the Zoom call.

Looking ahead: our next session is scheduled for March 26 at 2pm US Eastern Time. We will welcome sociologist Rachel Allison (@rallis2 on Twitter), author of Kicking Center: Gender and the Selling of Women’s Professional Soccer. An ideal read in the build up to the 2019 Women’s World Cup!

It’s Football, Not Soccer


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Stefan Szymanski and Silke-Maria Weineck, authors of It’s Football, Not Soccer, joined the Football Scholars Forum on December 13 for the final session of 2018.

The discussion raised a number of interesting issues and questions, from historical usage of “soccer” vs “football” in US and UK media to American exceptionalism, regionalism, gender, psychology, and market logic.

Participants: Rachel Allison, Andrew Guest, Tarminder Kaur, David Kilpatrick, Adam Winkel, Chris Gaffney, Tom McCabe, Chris Henderson, and Peter Alegi.

Listen to a recording of the session below.


The Away Game

Author and former AP Islamabad bureau chief Sebastian Abbot joined FSF on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, for a discussion of his first book: The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer’s Next Superstars.

The online conversation delved into multiple aspects of the book’s descriptions of Aspire’s global network linking West Africa, the Persian Gulf and Europe. Topics discussed included age cheating, Qatari power, the complexity of academies, the role of socio-economic forces, and education’s place in elite sport development.

Participants: Tom McCabe, Brian Wesaala, Danyel Reiche, Andrew Guest, Liz Timbs, Itamar Dubinsky, Gerard Akindes, and Peter Alegi. Listen to audio of the session below.

 

Next FSF session: December 13, 2pm US Eastern Time, featuring Stefan Szymanski & Silke-Maria Weineck, authors of It’s Football, Not Soccer (and Viceversa) [link]. RSVPs to Peter Alegi [alegi AT msu DOT edu].