Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility)
Thomas Brinkerhoff (History, University of Pennsylvania)
Creating Future Peronists Through Sports: The Campeonatos Evita and the Political Socialization of Children
Alexandra Wiktorek Sarlo (Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)
Identity, Integration,and Citizenship in Post-Communist Ethnic Kin Policies
Discussant: Mason Moseley (Penn DCC Postdoctoral Fellow)
THIS MONTH'S PAPERS explore identity and citizenship formation in Peronist Argentina and post-Communist Slovakia and Croatia.
Brinkerhoff's paper explores the Campeonatos Evita (Children's sports tournaments introduced by the Argentine state in the 1940s) as a case study to understand how the Peronist government in Argentina (1946-1955) politicized the leisure time of children and transformed children's sports into a venue for discussing and affirming state ideals of 'proper' citizenship for adults and children alike.
Sarlo's paper examines the process by which laws governing relations with ethnic kin abroad developed in post-communist Slovakia and Croatia. It explores how this process reveals the importance of specific concepts about national identity, citizenship, and the role of diaspora in development.