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Sport, Race and Representation

Tuesday 26th November 2019
G7, St Mary's University

In collaboration with the Centre for Teaching Excellence and Student Success (CTESS).

This event brings together academics and sports professionals to discuss their experiences of challenging racial inequalities.

The event will provide students with an insight into the racial inequalities that are present in the fields of sport. Before highlighting initiatives to resist and counter these.

It will highlight how racial ideologies in areas such as media representation, institutional structures and governing bodies are influenced by social, historical and cultural factors. Providing students with a unique insight into one of sport and societies' most important areas of contemporary discussion.


  • 2.05-2.10pm: Welcome
  • 2.10-2.30pm: Elliot Modi (From Failing to First-Class Honours)
  • 2.30-2.35pm: Group discussion
  • 2.35-3.05pm: Aarti Ratna (Gender, Race and Representation in Sport)
  • 3.05-3.10pm: Group discussion
  • 3.10-3.40pm: Ivan Liburd (BAME Football Forum: Challenging Racism Through Community Activism)
  • 3.40-3.45pm: Group discussion
  • 3.45-4.15pm: Izram Chaudry (Islamophobia and Sport)
  • 4.15-5pm: Panel Questions

About the speakers

Having already started a lecturing post at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2006, Aarti completed her doctorate in 2008 at the University of Brighton. After 12 years working in Leeds, she commenced a new post as Associate Professor of Sociology at Solent University in April 2019. 

Aarti's academic service includes serving as chair for the Leisure Studies Editorial Board, associate editor for the journal Palgrave Communications; editorial board member for the Palgrave book series New Femininities in Digital, Physical and Sporting Cultures; an editorial board member for the journal Sociology of Sport; and co-chair of the BSA Sport Study group. Aarti is a sociologist of race, ethnicity and migration, and diaspora studies. She is well-known for her transnational feminist and anti-racist approaches to the study of gender, national belonging, leisure, popular-culture and sport.

Elliot is a former student at St Mary’s University where he studied Physical and Sport Education and graduated with a First Class Honours.

As a mature student from Thornton Heath, Croydon, he was previously working in other fields such as retail before deciding that he wanted to work with young people.

His main reason for going back to education to study this course was to help make young people’s voices heard through the use of sports, particularly those who are hard-to-reach and have been socially excluded from wider society which is something that relates to his experience growing up in South London.

Izram Chaudry is a PhD researcher within the Sociology and Social Policy department at the University of Leeds. Prior to undertaking doctoral study, Izram completed a Master's in Social Research and a bachelors in Physical Education.

Izram is currently partaking in a British Academy funded research project on Islamophobia on social media in the context of the English Football League as a research assistant. His main research interests lie in examining Anti-Muslim prejudice, racial/ religious microaggressions and inequalities in the media.

Passionate about all things community, Ivan has been involved in the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) since the age of 20 years old. He is an avid champion for the eradication of discrimination in football and continues to be an advocate for others. He has a history of campaigning for equality in football, particularly around race; and has visited the House of Parliament and met with previous Ministers of Sport to discuss issues of racism in football. 

Ivan is currently heavily involved in grassroots football and runs Leicester Nirvana FC, one of the most diverse clubs across the Midlands. Nirvana is known for challenging the social norms around discrimination in football, having had more press coverage and produced more documentation than any other club in the Country on the subject of racism in football.  

In March 2019, Ivan was instrumental in the launch of the BAME Football Forum (BFF), which is a partnership of grassroots clubs across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland set up to support the progression of BAME football. The BFF is the first of it's kind anywhere across the Country as it is led from the grassroots up. 

Experienced at engaging and working within communities in all shapes and forms, from gathering voices and experiences, where the outcome is to turn listening into action.  Ivan is now part of a Violence Reduction Network (VRN) based in Leicester, and has a remit to work alongside communities to look at early intervention and preventative measure that ultimately stem the flow of youth violence and crime. 

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Tuesday 26th November 2019
G7, St Mary's University

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For more information about this event please contact Michael Hobson (Lecturer - Physical and Sport Education):
Tel: 020 8240 4135

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