Contemporary Global Issues Roundtable: Inclusive Football for the Future

Thursday 15 Dec 2022, 16:00 - 18:30

Van der Goot Building Room M1-19, Campus Woudestein, Erasmus University Rotterdam

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The ESHCC roundtable series ‘Contemporary Global Issues’ presents its second event of the 2022-3 academic year on the theme ‘Inclusive Football for the Future’.

Football is one of the most popular sports in Europe and beyond today and even if you are not an active supporter, you will hear it being talked about in the media, the workplace and at social gatherings with family and friends. With the rising profile of women’s football and the growing visibility of campaigns such as OneLove, the topic of inclusion has never before been so prominent in football. However, recent events involving racial abuse faced by football players of colour and the recent decision made by the Dutch football association to cancel the OneLove campaign after the outcry caused by two Eredivisie captains who refused to wear the OneLove captain’s band, show the importance to continue to focus our attention on mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion in football.

The Contemporary Global Issues Roundtable Series at Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication brings together a panel of speakers from different backgrounds; academics, practitioners and grassroots organizations discussing a wide variety of topics such as antisemitism, homophobia and racism in football. Together, they will explore the intersectional nature of discrimination and exclusion in football and to discuss how we can make football more inclusive for future generations.

Our panellists include:

  • Palesa Mashigo (ESHCC) –Tackling Racism in Football Culture
  • Willem Wagenaar (Anne Frank Foundation) – Educating Antisemitism out of Football
  • Sidris van Sauers (Radar) – Anti-discrimination training in (amateur) football
  • Chantal van der Putten (Roze Kameraden) – Fighting for safe space (LGBTIQ+) football fans and players
  • Carmen Longas Luque (ESHCC) – The construction of race/ethnicity through football: insights from Poland and Spain

The panel will be moderated by Jasmin Seijbel (ESHCC)

After the roundtable, light refreshments will be served.

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