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A celebration of the work of Joel S. Kahn

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La Trobe University City campus

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360 Collins Street

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You are invited to join us to celebrate the scholarship of the late Joel S Kahn, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at La Trobe University. We will begin with a panel discussion (2.30-4.30pm) on the impact of his work, with panellists Gerhard Hoffstaedter, Chris Houston, Wendy Mee and Gillian Tan. The panel will include discussion of his ongoing influence on anthropological theory and personal reflections on Joel as a scholar, colleague and mentor.

Then, after a break for afternoon tea and conversation we are honoured to have Niko Besnier presenting the 2017 Joel Kahn Anthropology Lecture (5.30-7pm):

Sport, Masculinity, and Neoliberalism: Cameroonian Footballers, Fijian Rugby Players, and Senegalese Wrestlers.

In the Global South since the 1980s, as economic downturns under pressure from the forces of neoliberalism have eroded social relations and pauperized populations, sport and athletes’ bodies have become major focus of attention in many countries, offering promises of a better future that lies elsewhere. These dynamics have occurred as global sport industries have become commoditized, mediatized, and corporatized, transformations that have been spearheaded by the growing importance of privatized media interests. In Cameroon, Fiji, and Senegal, athletic hopefuls prospectively embody new gendered subjectivities in hope of marketing their athletic talent in these industries, which take the form of new religious convictions such as Pentecostalism and maraboutism and transform the constitution of masculinity.

Niko Besnier is Research Professor in the Department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. In 2012–17, he directed a large comparative project funded by the European Research Council and entitled “Globalization, Sport and the Precarity of Masculinity”. He is editor-in-chief of American Ethnologist.

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