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Inaugural Academic Conference on International Football - Mona 2014

Course: DE CONSTRUCTING THE CULTURE OF SPORT

Lecturer: DR. I MAN BLAK /DON DAVIS, PhD

Dates: OCTOBER 9, 16, 23, 30

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the cultural dynamics of Caribbean societies and their diasporas. It explores issues of identity, critical consciousness and ways of knowing; and it provides insights into music, festivals, rituals, performance, visual arts, sport, language, literature, oral discourse and the religious/spiritual expressions of Caribbean societies. The structure of the course is modular and weekly seminars will be led by specialists, as outlined below.

Seminar Leaders:

Dr. Donna P. Hope (Festivals, Ritual and Performance)

Dr. Imani Tafari Ama (Religion/Spirituality) Dr. Iman Blak (Sports)

Dr. Veerle Poupeye (Visual Arts)

Dr. Nicole Scott (Language)

TBC (Literature)

TBC (Music)

Objectives

 

· To analyse distinctive Caribbean cultural practices and creative expressions.

· To locate Caribbean cultural concepts, and processes within their global frames.

· To articulate relationships of power such as class, ethnicity, colonialism as they are implicated in Caribbean culture.

· To analyse the gender dynamics within Caribbean cultural expressions.

· To interpret the ways in which these cultural dynamics are connected with development.

· To assess the theoretical implications that emerge from these phenomena.

 

 

 

 

2013 COURSE OUTLINE

SEMINAR 1

Theory of Deconstruction- Foucault, Derrida

Theories on Work and Play- Freud, Akbar

Theories on Games and Sport- Sage, Hargreaves

Governance- IOC, FIFA
Sport in social history- Pre and Post Emancipation Era

Industrial Britain- Issues of race, gender, class, color, religion

SEMINAR 2

SPORT as a Site of Identity Formation; Resistance; Liberation and Development

USA Athletics- Jesse Owen, 1968 Mexico

Boxing- Arthur Johnson 1908), Ray Robinson, Ali

Baseball- Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers 1945; Branch Rickey

Tennis- Althea Gibson

CARIBBEAN Cricket- Headley, Worrell; Apartheid; Packer Series

Domino – NEW NATIONAL PAST TIME in JAMAICA

Equestrian (horse racing)- introduction to PROFESSIONAL PLAY /GAMBLING

Sunday racing in Jamaica

Golf [Elite Sport] Tennis- Althea Gibson

Swimming, Polo, Badminton,

SEMINAR 3

Football- International

Industrial Britain-

Europe vs South America; Pele AND Brazil

Regional - Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago

Local - JFF, ISSA

Reggae Boyz Road to France Campaign – Identity;Local vs Foreign

SEMINAR 4

SPORT and Liberation

SPORT and Religion- Does God care??

SPORT as INDUSTRY

2 TOPICS for PRESENTATION

2 TOPICS for SHORT ESSAY

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