Sports, Power, and Resistance: Legacies and Possible Futures

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Sports, Power, and Resistance: Legacies and Possible Futures

September 23, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm


Saturday, September 23, 2023 –10:30am to 4:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

The symposium will contextualize the contemporary politicized sportscape within a long and significant history of political movements through sports. By bringing together research on political activism in sports in the past and present, we hope to think through the possibilities for a new understanding of social relations through and in sport.


10:30am -12:00pm Panel #2: Political Activism

Travers (Simon Fraser University): “Trans Participation in Sport: The Fight to Include Us in Public Life”

Douglas Hartmann (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities): “Documenting and Rethinking the Impact of Protest through Sport: The Case of WNBA Activism in the 2020 Georgia Senate Race”

Jason Kido Lopez (University of Wisconsin, Madison): “Constructing Crisis in Women’s Sports: Outkick’s ‘Anti-Woke’ Sports Media Brand”


1:00pm-2:30pm Panel #3: Athletes and Resistance

Adrian Burgos (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): “In Clemente’s Wake: Afro-Latino Ballplayers and the Quest for Respect”

Noah Cohan (Washington University, St. Louis): “Raising a Glass Helmet: How Black Athletes and Artists Resist Football’s Head Gear”

Jaime Schultz (Penn State University): “Consumed: On Women, Distance Running, Disordered Eating, and Illness Narratives”

Moderated by Glenn Houlihan (University of Iowa)


2:30pm – 3:00pm Closing Reflections

This event is open to the public.

Contact Information

Group Name: Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Group Type: Non-profit corporations

Primary Contact Name: Erin Hackathorn

Primary Contact Phone: 319-335-2566

Secondary Contact Name: Thomas Oates


September 23, 2023
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Iowa City Public Library
123 South Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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