Call for papers18 April 2016

Fareinvitesacademicsandactiviststodiscussthere-emergenceofthefar-rightinEuropeanfootballandsociety,maptheiractivityacrossEuropeandunderstandtheroletheyplayoutsidestadiumsinwidersocialprocesses.

A two day academic seminar will be hosted by Anne Frank House in Amsterdam on 27 and 28 May 2016.

Mobilisations of football supporters by the far right is nothing new, it has become part of football subcultures in many countries across Europe. Football fans have frequently supplied a membership base for extremist right political parties, but have rarely been the focus of study for political scientists for the role they play in wider social processes.

Political mass mobilisations in recent years has seen football fans trying to emerge as actors in political processes outside the stadiums including Islamophobic and anti-migrant demonstrations, social uprisings and xenophobic campaigns. Last autumn organised fans across Europe from Spain to Israel engaged in an extensive banner-debate with ‘Refugees Welcome’ and ‘not welcome’ messages. The media focused on anti-Semitic and anti-Roma incidents ahead of matches bringing to light the most pressing issues of acceptance of minorities in Europe displayed in concentrated form by football fans.

The seminar aims to bring together academics, researchers of the far-right and anti-discrimination activists in football to assess the current levels of far-right activity and organisation among football fans in Europe and their participation in wider political processes.

Participants will also discuss measures to counter the far-right activity of football fans inside and outside the stadiums. Sanctions for discriminatory actions recently adopted by football governing bodies are bringing the organised far-right groups in football to the attention of wider society and stimulating debates at national and international level.

The wider objective of the gathering is to encourage and shape challenges to the presence of far-right ideas in football that are led from below and bring to the attention the issues of racism and far-right extremism and encourage interventions at all levels.

If you wish to participate please follow the guidelines attached document.

Deadline for submissions 8 May.

Supporters of Karpaty Lviv hold a German Nazi flag with a swastika as they attend a soccer match against Dynamo Kiev in Kiev August 19, 2007. Poland and Ukraine denounced British press allegations of racism and mob violence at soccer stadiums and assured foreign footballers and fans on May 29, 2012 that they would be safe during the Euro 2012 tournament they will jointly host in June 2012. A BBC Panorama investigative programme on soccer violence filmed in their countries, which aired on May 28, 2012 contained footage of fans giving Nazi salutes, taunting black players with monkey noises, anti-Semitic chants and a group of Asian students being attacked at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, one of the four Ukrainian cities which will be hosting matches. Picture taken August 19, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer/Files (UKRAINE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST) Picture Supplied by Action Images

Supporters of Karpaty Lviv hold a German Nazi flag with a swastika 
Picture Supplied by Action Images