Michael Ralph has written extensively on football and basketball in postcolonial Senegal. In this episode, we will talk about the racialization of African bodies in sports. This discussion will explore racism in sports in relation to the historical legacies of transatlantic slave trade and colonialism, as well as the geopolitics of the “war on terror”.
This is a Farenet #blacklivesmatter in football activity organized by BoMoVu, Oseminars, and Alan Savuması.
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Michael Ralph teaches in the School of Medicine and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. His research integrates medical, political, and economic anthropology with sustained attention to forensics, debt, slavery, incarceration, insurance, and sports. Michael is the recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Social Science Research Council, National Science Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, as well as Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in US History and W.E.B. Dubois Fellowship.Michael’s 2015 book Forensics of Capital demonstrates that the social profile of an individual or country is a credit profile as well as a forensic profile. At present, he is writing, directing, and producing a short animated film, Fishing, about how ingenuity cannot be incarcerated.
Ezgi Guner is completing her PhD in Anthropology with a graduate minor in African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on the articulation of race and religion with global capitalism in the context of Turkey’s contemporary relations with Africa south of the Sahara. She conducted multisited ethnographic research in Turkey, Tanzania, Senegal, Gambia and Benin. Guner was a visiting fellow in the Anthropology Department at Harvard University in 2018, and an Ernst Mach fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz in 2019-2020.