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Sport and Nation

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Project leader: Dr. Gijsbert Oonk

Researchers: Prof. dr. Godfried Engbersen, Dr. Jacco van Sterkenburg, Christian Ungruhe

PhD candidates: Gijs van Campenhout MA, Joost Jansen MA, Jasmin Seijbel MA

The research project ‘Sport and Nation’ focuses on talented migrant athletes in football and the Olympics in the context of changing citizenship, ‘complex nationality issues’ and elite migration. We will emphasize how ideas, institutions and context in this global ‘race for talent’ have changed over the past century and highlight the paradox of states promoting the ‘nation’ without ‘nationals’.

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