Umer Hussain has an active November

Assistant Professor of Business and Sports Management Umer Hussain reported several professional activities in November. His research focuses on understanding the intersection of race, religion, and gender in the sporting context.

    • An article published by The Nation International, “Will Players Help Raise Awareness About the Horrors Surrounding the World Cup?”, examines human rights situations and LGBTQ laws in the Arab world as the World Cup was held in Qatar.Hussain was quoted: “Meanwhile, same-sex relationships are a crime in Qatar, punishable by seven years in prison. Last month, Human Rights Watch reported that Qatari security forces have arbitrarily arrested numerous LGBTQ individuals and subjected them to mistreatment — including beatings — while in police custody.

      “To be sure, as Umer Hussain, a sports scholar at Ripon College, told The Nation, “Numerous barbaric laws in the Arab world, like homosexuality laws, are the direct products of British colonialism.”


    • His article, “The Other side of the Picture: The wave of ‘Orientalism’ and the FIFA 2022 World Cup,” was published in the DER Journal (Norwegian Arab platform) in Arabic. The DER Journal magazine is supported by various forums in Norway to disseminate scholarship for the Arab community within Norway and overall in Europe.


    • Hussain presented a research paper at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) annual conference held in Las Vegas Nov. 9-12. “Can the subaltern speak”: Azeem Rafiq an object or a subject?” focuses on the Pakistani-born English cricketer. Rafiq spoke out in 2020 against the racial discrimination hee experienced at the Yorkshire Cricket Club.Hussain’s paper examines how Rafiq’s subsequent identity was constructed within the British media.


(Photo: Umer Hussain presenting in Las Vegas)

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