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Thursday, November 7 • 10:20am - 11:35am
Fighting Matters: ‘Violent’ Performance, (Post-)Colonialism, and the Body – Critical perspectives on ‘violent’ sports

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C8 This panel session will explore ways in which sociological significance extends from and through the ‘fighting body’, broadly conceived in terms of individual bodies that fight, as well as social bodies of fighters in the plural. With a primary focus on relations of power, performance, and social change, the panel will feature papers exploring the ways in which martial arts, combat sports, and related activities reflect, recreate or offer the opportunity to resist various matrices of domination. The panel specifically invites work that interrogates these issues at the intersection of globalisation, (post-)colonialism, and/or indigenous knowledge and identities, in line with the conference theme; however, papers which do not explicitly foreground these topics are also welcomed. Collectively, the panel will illustrate the sociological uniqueness of fighting within sporting and similar contexts, particularly through reflecting on how apparently ‘violent’ practices amplify or subvert existing narratives pertinent to the session’s conceptual themes.

Dafna Kaufman
Martine Dennie
John Deidouss
Ally Quinney & Kailash Koushik

Thursday November 7, 2019 10:20am - 11:35am EST

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