1st Edition

Global Perspectives on Football in Africa Visualising the Game

Edited By Susann Baller, Giorgio Miescher, Ciraj Rassool Copyright 2013
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    Football, in many ways, is a visual endeavour. From the visual experience within the stadium itself to worldwide media representations, from advertisements to football art and artefacts: football is much about seeing and being seen, about watching, making visual and being visualised. The FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa has turned into a perfect example of the visual dimensions of football. Stadiums have been built and marketed as tourist attractions, mass media and internet platforms are advertising South African cities and venues, logos and emblems are displayed and celebrated, exhibitions are organised in museums world-wide.

    This book explores the social, cultural and political role of football in Africa by focusing on the issue of its visibility and invisibility. The contributions consider the history and present of football in different parts of Africa. They examine historical and recent pictures and images of football and football players, as well as places and spaces of their production and perception. They analyse the visual dimensions expressed in sports infrastructure, football media-scapes, and in expressive and material arts. This book thus contributes to the growing interest in football in Africa by exploring a new field of research into sports.

    This book was previously published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.

    Media-scapes: Imaginaries and Representations of African Football Players

    Imagery on African Footballers in England  John Hughson (International Football Institute) and Kevin Moore (National Football Museum, Preston)

    Didier Drogba and Football Stars Coverage in the Ivorian Press  Daniel Künzler (University of Zurich) & Raffaele Poli (University of Lausanne)

    The Representation of African Footballers in India  Boria Majumdar (International Football Institute)

    Images of Humiliation? Zaire National Team’s Campaign in World Cup 1974  Paul Dietschy (University of France-Comté & Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po, Paris)

    Spaces and Places of Visuality: Making the Game Visible Fields of Play: the District Six Museum and the History of Football in Cape Town  Ciraj Rassool & Virgil Slade (University of the Western Cape)

    Sport Mega-events and Urban Revanchism: Contextualising Securitisation and Social Surveillance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup  Scarlett Cornelissen (University of Stellenbosch)

    Seeing and Being Seen: White Football Teams Plying their Trade in African Township during the late 1970s  Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu (South African Democracy Education Trust, Pretoria)

    Playing with Images: Visualising Football in Popular Culture and Artefacts

    Visualizing the Game: The Iconography of Football on African Postage Stamps  Agbenyega Adedze (Illinois State University)

    African Football Posters and History-making  Giorgio Miescher (Basler Afrika Bibliographien)

    The Other Game: Football Cartoons in Senegal  Susann Baller (University of Basel)

    "Soccer casts a very shameful picture". Football, beauty and dancing contests, African photo journalism and the debate about ‘non-racial politics’ in Apartheid Namibia, 1960s  Dag Henrichsen (Basler Afrika Bibliographien)


    Susann Baller is a senior lecturer in African history at the University of Basel. She has published her dissertation on "Playing Fields of the City: Football and Youth Politics in Senegal since the 1950s" (Böhlau 2010) as well as several articles in major academic journals on sports, youth and urban history. She is member of the steering committee of the German African Studies Association.

    Giorgio Miescher is currently a Marie Curie research fellow at the Centre for African Studies of the University of Basel, Switzerland, and the Centre for Humanities Research of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He works on a project entitled Empires of the Visual, which looks at the visualisation of imperial space in Southern Africa in the 20th century. Between 1994 and 2011 Giorgio Miescher worked at the Basler Afrika Bibliographien as a curator of the poster collection and as a researcher. Likewise he has taught intermittently at the History Department of the University of Basel.

    Ciraj Rassool is professor of history and director of the African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of the Western Cape. He chairs the board of the District Six Museum and also serves on the boards of Iziko Museums of South Africa the South African History Archive. He is co-author or co-editor of five books about museums, collecting and public culture including Recalling Community in Cape Town: Creating and Curating the District Six Museum (2001), Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations (2006) and Popular Snapshots and Tracks to the Past: Cape Town, Nairobi, Lubumbashi (2010).