Jennifer Doyle

America Out of Iraq

Friday, February 7, 2020 

Martin E. Segal Theater Center

As we move towards the summer Olympics in Tokyo, the IOC issued the latest of its directives to athletes considering making gestures of protest within the space of the sport spectacle. Sports, they claim, are neutral. Political gestures are banned and protesting athletes, they promise, will be disciplined. In this talk, Jennifer Doyle draws from theorizations of war to reconsider the iconicity of the figure of the resistant athlete. Drawing from the work of contemporary artists inspired by Tommie Smith and John Carlos (who raised their fists in protest at the 1968 Olympics) and by Younis Mahmoud (the Iraqi national soccer team captain who, on winning the 2007 Asia Cup told media "I want America out of Iraq now"), Doyle offers a reading of the global sport spectacle as a distinct, intimate form of warfare practiced on and through the athlete's body.

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Image: Riyas Komu, Occupation Stories III (2008)