We are delighted to share some insight into our first keynote, Dr Mark Doidge of the University of Brighton, UK. 

Dr. Mark Doidge is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Sport and Service Management at the University of Brighton. He is an expert on European football and political activism amongst football fans and has undertaken extensive ethnographic studies and interviews with groups across Europe. Through this work he is a director of the Anti-Discrimination Division of Football Supporters Europe. Dr Doidge’s current research focuses on the role of sport (and football in particular) in supporting refugees and asylum seekers, both in camps and in host communities. He is the author of Football Italia: Italian Football in an Age of Globalization (2015, Bloomsbury), co-editor of Sociologists’ Tales (2015, Policy Press) and is currently co-writing a monograph entitled Collective Action and Football Fandom: A Relational Sociological Approach with Jamie Cleland, Peter Millward and Paul Widdop (expected publication date late 2017 with Palgrave Macmillan).

Marks University profile is here and you can access his research here. 

The conference Football, Politics and Popular Culture, will be hosted by the University of Limerick on the 23 and 24 November 2017. Find out more here, and expect full registration details shortly.