Dialogue Series, FIFA World Cup Series, Regional Studies

The FIFA World Cup: Football, Citizenship, and National Identity 1930-2022


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 sought to unveil the complexities behind the question: who may represent the nation? The historical models of jus sanguine (blood ties) and jus soli (territorial birthright) are well-known markers and symbols of citizenship and nationality. Oonk proposed an ideal-type model of thick, thin, and in-between forms of citizenship.

Speaker: Gijsbert Oonk holds the endowed Jean Monnet chair on Europe in Globalizing World: Migration, Citizenship and Identity. This chair promotes education and research in the field of Global history, European studies, and national identity. The Jean Monnet chairs are an initiative of the European Commission to promote education, research, and reflection in the field of European integration studies at higher education institutions. The Sport and Nation research program at Erasmus University Rotterdam focuses on talented athletes with a migrant background within football and the Olympic Games in the context of changing citizenship, multiple citizenship, and elite migration.

Moderator: Danyel Reiche, Visiting Associate Professor at GUQ.