Panel to discuss the intersections of sport, social inequality and labour

Women’s side thrower Cynthia Appiah, a gold and silver medal winner at last year's OUA Track & Field Championships

Academic interest in various aspects of the labour of sport is coinciding with increased public discussion of such matters, whether it is the health impact of concussions in football and hockey, the ongoing issue of sex testing, the way that race and indigeneity continue to structure labour markets in pro sports, or efforts to unionize NCAA athletes and major junior hockey players.

On Wednesday, June 24, the Global Labour Research Centre is hosting a panel discussion titled “At the Intersections: Sport, Social Inequality and Labour in the Americas.” Participants will discuss the various ways in which high-performance sport is a site of social, economic and racial inequality emerging from larger histories of patriarchy, colonialism and capitalism. The event will take place from 2 to 5pm in the Harry Crowe Room, 109 Atkinson College, Keele campus. The panellists are as follows:

  • Gamal Abdel-Shehid, associate professor, kinesiology and health studies, York University;
  • Simon Black, assistant professor, Centre for Labour Studies, Brock University;
  • Janelle Joseph, adjunct professor, kinesiology and physical education, University of Toronto;
  • Nathan Kalman-Lamb, PhD candidate, social and political thought, York University; and
  • Andrew Langille, labour lawyer and labour rights activist.

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page or the Global Labour Research Centre website.

The Global Labour Speakers Series at York University is a collaboration of the Global Labour Research Centre, the Work & Labour Studies program, the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy, and the Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work.

This event is co-sponsored by: York University’s Departments of Social Science, Sociology, Geography and Political Science; the Office of the Dean, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; the Office of the Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School; and the Office of the Vice Provost Academic.