Lecture: profs talk soccer at Westville

2010-05-04 00:00

NEXT week Friday will see the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) hosting a lecture entitled “Soccer and History” at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville campus.

DAAD has been running a series of lectures at universities across South Africa called Extra Time: A Series of Events on Soccer, which deals with the different issues that the 2010 Fifa World Cup will present to South Africa.

The aim of the series is mainly to fuel public debate about the social and cultural dimensions of soccer, and to celebrate the first ever World Cup to be hosted on African soil.

The series began with a lecture on soccer and education at the University of the Western Cape and has since moved to Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein. A different lecture topic is explored at each destination.

The lecture at Westville campus on Friday will be the last in the series. Head of DAAD Johannesburg Dr Ralf Herman is happy with the way the series has progressed.

“We are very satisfied with the outcome of the previous lectures and I expect it to be the same in Durban,” Herman said.

“Durban will be a highlight. We will have some of the most acknowledged ­researchers of global football with us.”

Keynote speakers for the Westville lecture include Professor Christiane Eisenburg (Humboldt University, Berlin), Professor Peter Alegi (UKZN, PMB campus), Professor Philip Bonner (Wits) and Dr Sedick Isaacs. They will be exploring the development of soccer over various periods of history in both Germany and South Africa.

Alegi is known to many Pietermaritzburg students, and arrived this year from Michigan State University. He is world-renowned for his research and contributions to soccer.

Members of the public are welcome at the lecture, which will begin at 9 am in the senate chamber on the Westville campus.

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