Sport and Discrimination Congress: Palesa Mashigo among the Research Prize winners

Speakers at Sport and Discrimination Conference

ESHCC PhD candidate and lecturer, Palesa Mashigo was awarded Best Paper from Early Career Researcher during the 6th annual international Sports and Discrimination Conference at Erasmus University Rotterdam on Friday 23 June. The award, which is supported by publisher Routledge, was presented to her for her project exploring racism in European football culture. Palesa’s project is supervised by Jacco van Sterkenburg and is in collaboration with Fare Network, UEFA and FIFPRO.

The Sports and Discrimination Conference was organised by researchers from Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) as well as colleagues from the University of Sunderland and Leeds Beckett University. Approximately 70 scholars from various countries and continents attended the conference exploring various forms of discrimination plaguing the sports world. Neil O’Boyle from Dublin City University was also among the prize winners, scooping Best Paper. 

The opening keynote panel featured ESHCC researchers Arne van Lienden, Carmen Longas Luque and Jacco van Sterkenburg, who shared the main findings of their NWO Vidi project on race and televised football (2018-2023). Media professionals Anne-Marie Anderson (ESPN, NBC) and John Olivieira (Fare, OneWorld) reflected on this from a media perspective. Other ESHCC scholars like Lis Camelia, Alexandre Diallo, Gijsbert Oonk and Jasmin Seijbel also presented their research at the event. 

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During the Sport and Discrimination Conference, specialists give presentations on themes such as connection, identity and exclusion in sport and sport media.
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