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Cultural Center
Soccer as the Beautiful Game Distinguished Guest Speakerand Honorary Degree Recipient:Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pelé)

and the

An International Conference

Soccer as the Beautiful Game:
Football's Artistry, Identity and Politics

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
April 10, 11, 12, 13, 2014

in collaboration with
New York Cosmos
United States Soccer Federation
Soccer & Society (Routledge)
Coccia Foundation
Blau Weiss Gottschee Soccer Club
Hofstra University Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams
National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®
Consulates General of Brazil and South Africa in New York
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
Long Island Junior Soccer League
Sports Endeavors
Il Gattopardo and The Leopard at des Artistes Restaurants

In anticipation of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Hofstra University is proud to host an international conference that explores the historical, political, economic and humanitarian impact of soccer – including the awarding of an honorary degree to soccer legend Pelé. Over the past 20 years, the study of sport has become a well-developed subfield of many disciplines. Soccer's meteoric rise in popularity during the 20th century continues to fascinate scholars around the world.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Jennifer Doyle
University of California, Riverside
"Imagining a World Without a World Cup:
An Abolitionist Perspective"
Dr. David Goldblatt
Bristol University, UK, and
Pitzer College
"Brazil: The Curious Rise
of the Futbol Nation"
  • Conference Panels
    • Picturing the Game: Soccer in Art
    • Propaganda and Authoritarianism
    • Political Mobilization: Reform and Revolution
    • Ethnic Identity, Racial Hierarchies, and Nationalism
    • Immigration, Exile, and Diaspora
    • Football, Pedagogy, and Integration
    • Philosophy of Football
    • Exceptionalism versus Globalization
    • Researching Institutional Change and Governance
    • NY Cosmos
    • Football and Visual Culture in Historical Perspective
    • Transnational Currents/National Manifestations
    • Gender and Sexuality
    • Fan Cultures
    • Violence and Spectatorship
    • Civic Associations, Class, and Politics
    • Literature and Utopianism
    • Heroic Narratives
    • Professionalism and Fanaticism in the Development of Modern Football
    • Populism, Politics, and Football Clubs
    • Soccer and Solidarity
    • National Identity/Normative Identity
    • Politics of the Mega Event
    • Soccer and the Public Good
    • The (Big) Business of Football
    • Philanthropy and Soccer
    • The Past and Future of Soccer in the U.S.
    • Media and Football
    • Research Trends in Health, Regulation, and the “Mental” of Soccer
    • Coaches, Practitioners, Trainers
    • Football Scholars Forum
    • Journalists Roundtable
    • Forthcoming Books and Book Exhibit (Hofstra Bookstore)
  • Conference Program
  • 100 Speakers from 25 Countries From Argentina to Zimbabwe

    Speakers (partial list):

    Peter Alegi, Michigan State University, author of Soccerscapes
    Chris Armas, USA Men’s National Team
    Mauricio Borrero, St. John’s University
    Robert Brinkmann, Hofstra University
    Carl Bromley, journalist and editor at Nation Books
    Carlos Cunha, journalist
    Robert Edelman, University of California, San Diego
    Hong Fan, Director, Confucius Institute, University of Western Australia
    John Foot
    , University of Bristol, author of Calcio: A History of Italian Soccer
    Rosario Forlenza, Center for European Studies, New York University
    Steven H. Frierman, Hofstra University
    Alex Galarza, Michigan State University and co-founder of Football Scholars Forum
    Daniel Haxall, Kutztown University
    David Kilpatrick, Mercy College, NY Cosmos historian
    Simon Kuper, Financial Times and author of Soccer Against the Enemy
    Greg Lalas, MLSsoccer.com
    Nick Laveglia, thisiscosmoscountry.com
    Rachel Markus, Kicking and Screening
    Steve Menary, English freelance journalist
    Shep Messing, former New York Cosmos goalie
    John Nauright, George Mason University
    Mike O'Mahony, Bristol University
    James O'Brien, Southampton Solent University
    Nicola Porro, University of Cassino, Italy
    Robert Priest, 8by8mag.com
    George Quraishi, Howler Magazine
    Danyel Reiche, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
    Raanan Rein,Tel Aviv University
    Chris Schlosser, MLSsoccer.com
    Chris Stride, Sheffield University, U.K. Commemorating Tragic Heroes: Statuary of Footballers who Died Mid-Career
    Stefan Szymanski, University of Michigan, author of Soccernomics
    Ian Thomson, thesoccerobserver.com
    George Vecsey, The New York Times
    Randy Vogt, author of Preventive Officiating
    Grant Wahl, Journalist, Sports Illustrated
    Paul Wheeler, University of Chichester

  • Media Clips
  • Sponsors

    Major Corporate Sponsors

    Collaborating Partner

    Gold Sponsor

    Silver Sponsor

    Hofstra University gratefully acknowledges the participation and support of the following:

    Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment
    Coccia Foundation
    Mezzacorona Wines
    Massapequa Soccer Shop
    Queensboro UNICO
    Distinguished Professorship in Italian Studies
    Blau Weiss Gottschee Soccer Club
    Modell's Sporting Goods
    Long Island Rough Riders

Pelé Poster Auction:
Own a Piece of History

To view pictures from the conference, please visit https://flic.kr/s/aHsjWLrfG2


For more information please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at (516) 463-5669 or follow the conference on Twitter at twitter.com/HofstraSocConf.

Conference Directors

Dr. Brenda Elsey
Associate Professor of History
Hofstra University

Dr. Stanislao Pugliese
Professor of History and
Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian Studies
Hofstra University


Members of the Hofstra community are free to attend all sessions of the conference. Reservations are necessary for the Pele Symposium at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 11. Register Here. If you are interested in attending the banquet, please buy your tickets online.

Hofstra University gratefully acknowledges the support of:

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Lodging Information


Press interested in covering the conference must apply for a campus media credential. For more information, contact Colin Sullivan at colin.p.sullivan@hofstra.edu or 516-463-7146.

Online registration for "Soccer as the Beautiful Game" is closed. Onsite registration will take place in the West Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center, North Campus. The Registration Desk will open at 8 am.


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