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Call for speakers - (Anti)racism in sports

Author: BoMoVu

Call for speakers - (Anti)racism in sports

We invite all sports persons, former sports persons, professionals, technicians, supporters, as well as academics in the fields of sports sociology, critical race theory and decolonial studies, as well as activists who struggle against all forms of racism. Join us to analyze and speak up against this systemic problem of racism in sports. We are looking forward to hearing your voice.

(Anti)racism in sports online conversations

Most people believe sports to be an apolitical field free from deep societal problems such as racism. They praise sports hierarchies, access and success criteria for being meritocratic and color blind. However, people of color, who are discriminated against based on their race and ethnicity, know that such a position is a privileged one and that most sports practitioners do not have the luxury to subscribe.

In reality, racism is unfortunately prevalent in sports as much as it is in other spheres of life. It leads to concentration of power in the hands of white team owners, to attacks on Kurdish football team Amedspor members and to layoffs of dissident black voices like Colin Kaepernick. Aiming to expose and potentially dissolve that problem, BoMoVu has been organizing anti-racism teach-ins, teacher trainings, online conversations and pedagogical tools.

With this online conversation series (Anti)Racism in Sports, BoMoVu and Oseminars organize weekly sessions, each bringing together two interlocutors from a specific locality and/or bodily practice to discuss the problem of racism in their contexts. By that, the sessions aim at contributing to the international dialogue on the topic and trigger self-reflection by learning about different guises racism takes in sports.

Call for speakers

We invite all sportspersons, former sportspersons, professionals, technicians, supporters, as well as academics in the fields of sports sociology, critical race theory, decolonial studies, and activists who struggle against all forms of racism. Join us to analyze and speak up against this systemic problem of racism in sports. We are looking forward to hearing your voice. To become a speaker in this series, please fill out this short form.

The online conversations will take place every Thursday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Istanbul time (UTC+3) from 24 September to 10 December 2020.

These 12-week online conversation sessions are approximately 1-hour long each and held on Zoom. The Zoom meetings are simultaneously live-streamed on Youtube and recorded. Participants are able to join via Zoom or use a Youtube chat board for their questions and comments.

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This series is organized by BoMoVu and Oseminars as part of the Farenet #BlackLivesMatter in football activity. 

For your questions please contact us: emrecetin.gurer@bomovu.org

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