Thursday Jun 02, 2022

Episode 102: On Critical Sports Fandom

In this third episode of our End of Sport Panels series, Johanna and Derek sit down with Amanda Mull, Steven Salaita, and Kevin Gannon to explore how some of our favorite anti-racist/anti-capitalist critics, folks whose focus in their work is not on sport, come to engage with sport and experience fandom. The conversation explores what the panelists get out of their engagements with racial capitalist sport and how their experiences with and through sport inform their politics.

Amanda Mull is a three-time guest on the show and staff writer at The Atlantic.

Steven Salaita is a former Associate Professor at Virginia Tech and should-have-been professor at the University of Illinois, before having his position revoked in an actual instance of ‘cancel culture,’ for principled comments about Israeli apartheid. He is the author of eight books, including 2015’s Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom.

Kevin Gannon is Professor of History at Grandview University and author of the recent book Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto.

For a transcription of this episode, please click here. (Updated semi-regularly Credit @punkademic)

Research Assistance for The End of Sport provided by Abigail Bomba.

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