Congratulations to Hikabwa Chipande, PhD candidate in African history, for winning a FIFA João Havelange Research Scholarship to fund his PhD work on the Political and Social History of Football in Zambia, 1950s-1993. The $13,000 scholarship will help support Chipande’s ongoing archival research and oral interviewing in Lusaka and the Copperbelt.
Chipande combines the approaches and insights of history, anthropology, sociology, and sport studies. His doctoral dissertation, supervised by Prof. Peter Alegi, uses colonial and postcolonial football (soccer) as a lens through which to explore social change in twentieth-century Zambia. By reconstructing the history of football clubs on the mines and of the Zambian national team, Chipande’s study will shed new light on both everyday lives and the changing relationship between sport and larger political, social, and economic transformations in south-central Africa.