Friday Jan 26, 2024

Field of dreams: the politics and power of the Africa Cup of Nations

The Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, was kicked off earlier this month and will go on until 11 February when the final will be played in Abidjan, the capital of the host country Cote d’Ivoire. With football fever rising on the continent, the theme for this year’s first episode of the Nordic Africa podcast naturally centers around football. Join us as we explore the political and economic dimensions of the beautiful game.

This episode features


  • Jesper Bjarnesen, senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden.
  • Sebastian van Balen, associate senior lecturer at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in Sweden
  • Carl Rommel, researcher at Uppsala University, Sweden, and author of the book Egypt’s Football Revolution: Emotion, Masculinity, and Uneasy Politics.
  • Oscar Rothstein, journalist at the independent media centre Danwatch in Denmark, and author of the book Det Lysende Hjerte on the passion and power of African football.
  • Buster Kirchner, freelance journalist who is right now in Côte d’Ivoire covering the Africa Cup of Nations.

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