2. Lecture Series

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The Qatar FIFA World Cup in November and December 2022 in Qatar will be the first such tournament in the Middle East. The Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 Lecture Series will cover the implications of staging one of the world’s largest sporting events on the social, political, and economic development of Qatar as well as on regional and global affairs.

Past Lectures:

The FIFA World Cup: Football, Citizenship, and National Identity 1930-2022- Gijsbert Oonk, March 21, 2021

Gijsbert Oonk, Director of the Sport and Nation research program at Erasmus University Rotterdam, discussed his study exploring the relationship between national belonging, acquiring citizenship, and migration. Taking high profile examples from international sports events, he unveiled the complexities behind the question: who may represent the nation?

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The Away Game: Qatar’s Search for Football’s Next Superstars – Sebastian Abbot, February, 14, 2021

Sebastian Abbot is the author of The Away Game: The Epic Search for Football’s Next Superstars, which tells the story of the largest talent search in football history. The book was a finalist for The Telegraph Football Book of the Year and the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. Prior to publishing the book, Mr. Abbot spent over a half dozen years working as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press in the Middle East and Asia. He has also worked for over a decade in investment banking and private equity for firms like J.P. Morgan and Affiliated Managers Group. Mr. Abbot has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Qatar´s Football Journey: From First Games on Sand to Hosting the World as Asian Champions – Matthias Krug, November 16, 2020

Matthias Krug is an author and journalist who was born and raised in Qatar, where he lives with his family. Matthias has written extensively about football, society, politics, and culture for over 18 years for some of the biggest publications around the world, including for the BBC, CNN, ESPN, The Huffington Post, The Irish Examiner, Al Jazeera English, 442, El Pais, Arts Monthly Australia, and many others. His most recent book is titled Journeys on a Football Carpet, published by HBKU Press in Qatar, won awards at the International Book Awards and Living Now Awards. His creative short stories have been published in literary magazines across numerous countries.

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The 2022 World Cup in Qatar in Historical Perspective – David Goldblatt, October 6, 2020

British sociologist, journalist, and bestselling author David Goldblatt surveyed the economics, politics, and urban development that have accompanied the upcoming event and compared them to past World Cups in this first lecture of the series.

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