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African sports migration: navigation, strategies and abilities among aspiring athletic migrants 
Emy Lindberg (Uppsala University)
Zora Saskova (Ulster University)
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Mats Utas (Uppsala University)
Anthropology (x) Sociology (x) Futures (y)
Philosophikum, S75
Friday 2 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

How do young African athletes navigate their lived realities in order to realize their aspirations for migration through sports? The panel addresses the relationship between aspirations for, and ability to, migrate, and how to create a desired future. The panel is multi-disciplinary.

Long Abstract:

Today, most African countries have a large part of their population residing abroad. Labor migration is a historically situated feature of the fabric of African societies - be it between the rural and the urban areas - inter-regional, or across continents. It has been shown that youth migration can be a way to navigate societal demands to become an adult. An increasing body of research explores how young people in Africa aspire to migrate through sports, or use sports as a vehicle for migration, as well as a way to make sense of lived realities where possibilities for a prosperous future seem bleak. The intention of this panel is to gather multi-disciplinary research on this topic and discuss how sports migration is used to navigate the present, and to create desired futures. The panel also seeks to explore how an aspiring sport migrant identity and the dreams for the future in themselves can become meaningful in the present, as a way to link up with global ideas of modernity and success. Papers may derive from a variety of disciplines, with a focus on different geographical localities, and different sports. They share a focus on the relationship between aspirations for, and ability to, migrate through sports. Ideally, the papers at this panel will also consider the economic, political and social aspects of the particular space in which the dreams of sport migration take place, as well as the connections with the global sports industry.

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Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -