East-African runners

SÉMINAIRE/ SEMINAR

CFEE Seminar on Contemporary Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa (2014-2015)

5e séance / 5th session : East-African Runners: Socially-Constructed Sport Abilities and Migration Networks, par / by Benoit Gaudin (Université de Versailles/IRD).

Cette séance est organisée en partenariat avec le Département d’anthropologie sociale de l’Université d’Addis-Abeba / This session is organised in partnership with the Department of Social Anthropology of Addis Ababa University.

Vendredi 13 mars 2015 (14h-16h) / Friday, March 13th 2015 (2-4 PM). Lieu / Venue : Addis Ababa University, Sidist Kilo, NCR 117.

East-African Runners: Socially-Constructed Sport Abilities and Migration Networks

For many decades, middle- and long-distance top-level running competitions have been dominated by East-African athletes, especially by Ethiopians and Kenyans. Various explanations have been provided to explain the reasons of such a sporting superiority. They serve as the background for this current research project, whose final purpose is to suggest an alternative way of explanation, based on a social sciences approach. Empirical data are collected through questionnaires for the determination of sociological profiles of athletes at each step of the career; through interviews with droppers in order to document the non-sport related competences necessary to the fulfilment of the career, and through documentation collection and interviews with key informants for the description of the multiple dimensions of the world of professional East-African athletics.

Dr. Benoit Gaudin is Assistant Professor in Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Sport Sciences, Université de Versailles, France. Since September 2014, he is holding an IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) research fellowship in the Department of Sport Sciences of Addis Ababa University where he is conducting his research program on East-African Athletics. He is the author of several publications on sociology of sport and editor of the “Martial Arts and Combat Sport” issue of Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris).  In AAU, he is also heading the organizing committee of the “East-African Athletics & Social Sciences” international conference to be held on 29th, 30th June and 1st July.

Photo : Erik van Leeuwen


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