Sport, Politics and Society Symposium wraps up in Doha

Doha: The CAHP symposium titled “Sports, Politics, Society” concluded on Sunday in Doha.

A total of 25 researchers presented their work over two days, in preparation for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The second day’s sessions highlighted the issue of sports and social movements (the Ultras) and the impact of sports policies on social and economic integration, the social and cultural engineering of the athlete’s body and the identity of women in sport.

The fifth panel “Sports and social movements: the ultras in the Arab Maghreb (1)”, chaired by Mouldi Lahmar, examined the junctions of sport, politics and religion in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco by analyzing the discourse ultra groups through graffiti. and slogans, as well as their role in protest movements.

Mohamed Naimi was the first speaker, presenting his article “Understanding the ultras movement in Morocco”, which approaches sport from a sociological point of view, in particular football and its relationship to society, examining the ultras movement in Morocco .

The second speaker, Kais Triaa, presented “Ultra groups in Tunisia: the intersections of sport, politics and religion”, which explores the activity of ultras in Tunisia by tracing its sociological significance through sport, politics and religion, and exploring their mutual identities and relationships. social influences. Finally, Rekad Djilali presented “Sports stadiums as spaces for mobilizing political awareness in the February 22 movement: the ultras of Algiers”, offering a semio-sociological reading of the creative catalog of songs, slogans and practices of the ultras, seeking to understand the symbols and impact of ultras in multiple social spaces.
The sixth panel, “Sports and social movements: the ultras in the Arab Maghreb (2)” was chaired by Youssef Bouandal. The first speakers, Ali Semmouk and Hichem Saouli, presented “The structure of violence in the Algerian socio-athletic sphere: a socio-archaeological approach to football”, arguing that violence among Algerian football fans transcends the stadium, s infiltrating the wider social, political sphere. , and economic system, directly related to the concept of ‘asabiyya of Ibn Khaldoun.

Wadia Jehouani & Aissa El Ghayyati followed with “Ultras’ Graffiti and Constructing Fan Identity: A Sociological Study of Symbolic Ownership in Tetouan”, which used an ethnographic approach to discover that the graffiti of Tetouan ultras express symbolic ownership of the sphere public, where ultras enter into two-dimensional symbolic conflicts with other groups.
After the lunch break, Hani Awad chaired the seventh session “Sports and local governance”, tracing the relationship between sport and governance in the Arab world today, and the contribution of sports policies to economic and social integration.

Abderrahim Rharib, Youssef Siame and Mohamed Boukhalkhal presented their study, “Provincial sports policy in Morocco as a means of socio-economic integration: the case of Casablanca-Settat”, exploring how local and regional actors can adopt a provincial policy sport to achieve social and economic integration in the province of Casablanca-Settat.

Tayeb Rehail then spoke on “Public funds and Algerian football clubs: the example of AS Khroub in Constantine”, using an anthropological approach based on field observations and semi-directed interviews to understand the relationship between football club presidents and public money, as well as their social interactions with various actors in El Khroub, Constantine, Algeria.

The final session, “Sport and women: gender approaches”, was chaired by Raouda Al-Kadri. Hicham Kamouny presented “The social and cultural engineering of the athlete’s body in Morocco”, discussing the socio-cultural meanings and connotations generated in relation to athletes and other people involved in sport on the basis of social recognition and the wider importance of sport within that same society. Chaimae El Ghazi concluded the event with her article entitled “Women athletes in Morocco: what gender identity can we talk about?” examining the relationship between the female athlete’s body and gender identity with a focus on the case of Moroccan female athletes.

Mouldi Lahmar, editor-in-chief of Omran, concluded the symposium by thanking the researchers and the public for their participation.

He also noted that the Arab research agenda has yet to define a real research area for sport in the social sciences, highlighting the opportunity here for participants to engage in networking and research in this company. He suggested that they offer in-depth and long-term research projects examining sport in the social sciences to the various research centers in the region. In this context, he noted that this symposium, as well as many others, would not have taken place if it were not for the context of the holding of the World Cup in Qatar.

This is another indication of the interrelationship between knowledge production and social dynamics. Finally, Lahmar reminded participants that Omran and Siyasat Arabiya would publish two separate volumes based on the papers presented at the symposium.

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