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World Cup 2022 Lecture Series

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

About the talk: Gijsbert Oonk, Director of the Sport and Nation Research Program at Erasmus University Rotterdam, will discuss his study exploring the relationship between national belonging, acquiring citizenship, and migration. Taking high profile examples from international sports events, he seeks to unveil the complexities behind the question: who may represent the nation? The historical models of jus sanguinis (blood ties) and jus soli (territorial birthright) are well-known markers and symbols of citizenship and nationality.

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