Football Fandom and Holocaust Education
Currently, I am working at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (NL) as a PhD-researcher. I work within the project Sport and Nation and my doctoral research is on Football Fandom and Holocaust Education. I am interested in football-related antisemitic discourse(s) in on- and offline spaces. My research also involves educational programmes initiated to prevent discrimination and antisemitism in football stadiums in the Netherlands. In this project I collaborate with major stakeholders in the field, including the Fancoach project of Feyenoord and Anne Frank House.
Together with a group of PhD’s the Erasmus University and Erasmus University Medical Center we organise a monthly science cafe in Rotterdam. A science cafe is an event that takes place in an informal setting, such as in a pub or coffeehouse. The events are open to everyone and feature an engaging conversation with an academic from Erasmus university or the Medical Center about a particular topic. If you want to learn more, please visit Wetenschapscafé Rotterdam (website is in Dutch).
Changing the Chants
Changing the Chants is one of the most exiting projects I have worked on. Changing the Chants is a European project aiming to combat antisemitism in football through informal education and law-enforcement. The project was supported by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme and consisted of a cooperation between Borussia Dortmund, Feyenoord Rotterdam, Fare Network and the Anne Frank House. The goal was to deepen the understanding of approaches that football clubs can use to educate fans on antisemitic behaviour in the football stands. The project resulted in a compendium of best practices and policy recommendations. If you want to learn more about the project you can visit the project website. The project also resulted in a documentary made by Stefano di Pietro. The documentary presents a multiperspective investigation on the problem of antisemitism in European football. Through the eyes of educators, football supporters, representatives of Changing the Chants partners, researchers and professionals, the documentary explores the complexity of the problem and investigates the possibilities of a change. You can view the documentary below.