Mittwoch, 30. November 2016, 18:30 - 21:00 iCal

A Tale of two Olympians: Race, Gender, Nation

Shirley Anne Tate (Leeds)

Alois Wagner Saal, C3
Sensengasse 3, 1090 Wien


This talk focuses on discussing the Black woman's athletic body and its place in the nation through looking at two British athletes-lighter skinned, Black/white 'mixed race', Jessica Ennis MBE and darker skinned Jeanette Kwakye. These women were both chosen as brand ambassadors throughout 2012 by Proctor and Gamble (P&G). In linking the athletes so clearly with the brand their bodies and characters were also branded as 'the best of British' by this US multinational.

The interest that their bodies holds is thinking through their very skin about how it is that 'race' still matters for who can represent the national GB brand and become its global icon for the Olympic Games, as well as how through branding racially ambiguous beauty can come to represent the nation even given the continuing racism of our post-race times. In analysing this skin trade the discussion focuses on the continuing coloniality of 'raced' gender dynamics through the salience of skin colour that defines national identities in contemporary 'post-race' times.


Shirley Anne Tate is a Cultural Sociologist and Associate Professor for "Race and Culture" at the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law, University Leeds, United Kingdom


Der Vortrag findet in Kooperation mit Hanna Stepanik und Katharina Fritsch (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterinnen am Institut für Afrikawissenschaften) statt und wird vom Forschungsverbund Geschlecht und Handlungsmacht / Gender and Agency unterstützt.

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