Barcelona, Spain

Praying and Playing: Football, Religion and Social Identities

when 4 July 2022 - 8 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 300

Recent years have witnessed the increased presence of religious football leagues, football in cities/countries with more than one religion or ethnicity, and the increased presence of Christianity and Islam in international football culture. Academic treatments of football tend to focus on the political and the social, largely bypassing religion. If and when religion and football are discussed, the tendency is to regard football simply as a religion. While many acknowledge that football is like a religion, the latter term—and its relation to the former—is rarely unpacked. This course examines how football, like religion, represents the intersection of political, ideological, and social factors. An academic interest in football—from a global perspective—reveals some of the tensions and ambiguities of the modern nation-state. Issues that will be examined during the course include how football clubs and fans navigate xenophobic, nationalist, and racist attitudes, as modern players increasingly make their religious identifications clear, both on the pitch and off it;how footballers and football authorities manage expressions of religiosity and religious affiliation; and how does religion and football inform modern debates about identity, pluralism, and religious and ethnic integration in the modern world.

Course leader

Leif Stenberg (Aga Khan University - ISMC)

Target group

The Barcelona Summer School of the Mediterranean and the Middle East is a joint initiative of IBEI and Blanquerna - Universitat Ramón Llull. The School consists of two separate but complementary parts. The first part will consist of a number of short courses on the politics and international relations of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, taught by experts of international repute. The second part will include interactive roundtables focused on the various policy challenges the two regions face. This unique dual structure will enable the programme to cater to the needs of students and practitioners. The program is designed for graduate students and all those who have an interest in advanced knowledge of the mediterranean and middle east issues. The objective is to offer different short courses on significant topics, taught by scholars and experts of international prestige.

Course aim

Recent years have witnessed the increased presence of religious football leagues, football in cities/countries with more than one religion or ethnicity, and the increased presence of Christianity and Islam in international football culture. Academic treatments of football tend to focus on the political and the social, largely bypassing religion. If and when religion and football are discussed, the tendency is to regard football simply as a religion. While many acknowledge that football is like a religion, the latter term—and its relation to the former—is rarely unpacked. This course examines how football, like religion, represents the intersection of political, ideological, and social factors. An academic interest in football—from a global perspective—reveals some of the tensions and ambiguities of the modern nation-state. Issues that will be examined during the course include how football clubs and fans navigate xenophobic, nationalist, and racist attitudes, as modern players increasingly make their religious identifications clear, both on the pitch and off it;how footballers and football authorities manage expressions of religiosity and religious affiliation; and how does religion and football inform modern debates about identity, pluralism, and religious and ethnic integration in the modern world.

Credits info

2 EC
Participants have the opportunity to gain ECTS credits if they are recognized by their universities.
10 hour course: 2 credits = Complete the course + daily assignments / project work

Fee info

EUR 300: Fee for Students. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 15 June 2022
EUR 450: Fee for Professionals/Researchers. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 15 June 2022

Scholarships

A number of scholarships to cover full or half course fees will be available. To apply for a scholarship, interested persons must send to IBEI (Carlos Sánchez, csanchez@ibei.org) until 23 May 2022, a letter of interest, a CV, and a recommendation letter.