May 25 – African Soccerscapes

The Football Scholars Forum will have its last meeting prior to the World Cup tomorrow at 2pm EDT, please check your time zones to ensure that we are all coordinate as I mistakenly used EST in my last notice (EDT is -4 UTC).

RSVP to Alex Galarza for Skype participation.

Here are a number of links of interest that are related to author Peter Alegi’s research and book:

New York Times “South Africans Push to Make the World Cup Their Own”

Dennis Brutus on Facebook Excerpts from Peter’s lecture at the Alan Paton Memorial Lecture

Radio Interview on France International

Visit the publisher’s page on African Soccerscapes for even more links and press related to the book.

May 25 – Alegi’s African Soccerscapes

“In this wonderfully researched and richly textured narrative, Alegi tells the vital story of how football transformed Africa and Africa transformed football during the 20th century. The book is a must-read for all those wishing to gain a greater understanding of the past, and future, of the global game.” – Laurent Dubois

FSF will be discussing Peter Alegi’s African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World’s Game on Tuesday, May 25th at 1400 EST. Those participating in person can assemble at the departmental conference room at Morrill 340. Those participating via web will take note that this month we are using Skype instead of Adobe Breeze this month. If you plan on participating via skype, please ensure that you download it, have a microphone and headphones, and email me at so that I can add you to the conference call.

Inaugural Sessions of 2010

January: The Global Game: Writers on Soccer, with John Turnbull and Alon Raab.

Listen to an audio recording here (for educational/personal use only).

February: Spartak Moscow: A History of the People’s Team in the Worker’s State, with Robert Edelman.

Listen to an audio recording here (for educational/personal use only).

March: Golden and Blue Like my Heart: Masculinity, Youth, and Power Among Soccer Fans in Mexico City, with Roger Magazine

Listen to an audio recording here (for educational/personal use only).