This panel will discuss the creation, affect, skill, and restriction in movement in relation to the, at times, elusive and culturally variable domain of sport. In particular, we are interested how bodies are gendered and sexed these movements.
While sport cannot be defined in a cross-culturally meaningful ways, it constitutes a significant social domain in a range of complex societies. As a common social domain, sport brings and motivates bodies into motion while also imposing restrictions upon the particular ways one can move in a given sporting context. In an international sporting arena, institutions such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have formed and attempt to maintain a complex set of rules in order to craft very particular forms of bodily movement, thus bringing into existence new particular ways of utilizing one's body in time and space. As part of this creation, a set of rules strictly forbids what bodies can do in given sporting context - football is not handball - as well as who can participate in given sporting domains, such as female athletics, for example. In this session, we invite scholars to investigate this meeting of creation, affect, skill, and restriction in movement practices in relation to the at times elusive and culturally variable domain of sport. As part of this, we are interested in examining some of the distinctions between how male and female bodies are encouraged, discouraged, or at times even forbidden from moving and how this interplay touches both on materiality and meaning.