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Reviewer Meets Reviewed: We are Playing Football
Thursday 16 January 2014, 09:30am
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REVIEWER MEETS REVIEWED

SEMINAR SERIES AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM'S ANTHROPOLOGY LIBRARY AND RESEARCH CENTRE

We are Playing Football: Sport and Postcolonial Subjectivity

Thursday 16 January at 10.00 am (tea & coffee served from 9.30 am)

Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

The British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre, in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, is pleased to present the fourth seminar in the 2013-14 series of ‘Reviewer meets Reviewed’, a discussion between Dr Will Rollason, author of ‘We are playing football: sport and postcolonial subjectivity, Panapompom, Papua New Guinea’, and Dr Harry Walker, who reviewed the book for the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

We are playing football explores Panapompom people’s attempts to recreate the international game, and the social and subjective effects on this effort. From a raw ethnographic starting-point, the book moves through historical and interpretive materials, exploring the motives, methods and results of Panapompom people’s work to recreate global images of football, and to turn them to their own political ends. As the argument proceeds, we see how playing football implicates Panapompom people in circuits of domination, power and humiliation that tether them to colonial modes of control, and derogatory racialist identities, which they themselves reproduce in their communities.

Bookings/enquiries: Ted Goodliffe ( TGoodliffe@britishmuseum.org)

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