Book Launch: Sport in the Black Atlantic


Book Cover ImageCricket, Canada, and the Caribbean Diaspora

Details: Please join us to celebrate the launch of Dr. Janelle Joseph’s new book: Sport in the Black Atlantic: Cricket, Canada, and the Caribbean Diaspora.

This book outlines the ways sport helps to create transnational social fields that interconnect migrants dispersed across a region known as the Black Atlantic: England, North America and the Caribbean. Many Caribbean men’s stories about their experiences migrating to Canada, settling in Toronto, finding jobs and travelling involved some contact with a cricket and social club. It offers a unique contribution to black diaspora studies through showing sport in Canada as a means of contending with ageing in the diaspora, creating transnational relationships, and marking ethnic boundaries on a local scale. The book also brings black diaspora analysis to sport research, and through a close look at what goes on before, during and after cricket matches provides insights into the dis-unities, contradictions and complexities of Afro-diasporic identity in multicultural Canada. It will be of interest to students and scholars in sociology, sport studies and black diaspora studies.

When: Thurs., April 20, 2017, 5-8:30pm
Where: Debates Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Register before April 12 / light dinner will be served

Sponsored by the University of Toronto’s Hart House, Student Success Centre, Caribbean Studies Program, Centre for Sport Policy Studies, and Dr. Margaret MacNeill

Portrait of Janelle JosephDr. Janelle Joseph is an award winning researcher, educator, and student life professional. Dr. Joseph’s research program investigates physical cultures that preserve and share African diaspora heritage. From Caribbean cricket to Brazilian martial arts, Janelle has explored issues of race, gender, aging and immigration and how they influence the lived experience of Canadian multiculturalism. Dr. Joseph completed a PhD in Exercise Science at the University of Toronto, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Otago in New Zealand for two years. Following this, Janelle held a Banting Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Dr. Joseph now teaches in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and manages a team of dedicated learning strategists at the Academic Success Centre.


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