“If You Didn’t Exercise during Lockdown, What Were You Even Doing?”: Young Women, Sport, and Fitness in Pandemic Times
Thorpe, H., O’Leary, G., Ahmad, N., Nemani, M. J. (2023). “If You Didn’t Exercise during Lockdown, What Were You Even Doing?”: Young Women, Sport, and Fitness in Pandemic Times. Youth. Available
I was invited to join the NAIMS team at Vassar College to discuss the Native American Indigenous Muslim Project.
I am so grateful to be part of the NAIMS project and team. The first portion of the NAIMS project is live. It features the photo narratives of each participant. Click through each slide to learn more about each participant’s stories.
I had a wonderful opportunity to be one of the panelist for the Institute for Advanced Study in the Global South at Northwestern University in Qatar (#IAS_NUQ). The session focused on sports major part of the everyday lives, politics, cultures, media, and imaginations of the Global South. Yet, how sports and the ‘Global South’ intersect continues to demand interrogation. Historically, sports, in all their diversity, have been central to how the countries and people of the so-called Global South have been both integrated and systematically excluded from participating on the world stage. Across the globe, everyday sporting practices and discourses continue to be shaped by the legacies of colonialism and marked by elements of racism, sexism, classism, and agism, to name a few. And yet, sports often bear some of the wildest dreams of development, economic mobility, equality, and world peace. As Qatar prepares to become the first Arab country to host the World Cup, #IAS_NUQ seeks to explore how sports and the Global South, as lived realities and notions, shape each other. What is the continued relevance of sports in understanding the societies, cultures, histories, and media systems of the Global South? This panel brings together scholars from a range of disciplines and locations to interrogate the valence of sports as a lens for understanding the Global South, and vice versa, with a particular focus on examining media systems, geopolitics, performativity, and gender.
“We seek those moments of togetherness”: digital intimacies, virtual touch and becoming community in pandemic times
Thorpe, H., Jeffrey, A., Fullagar, S., & Ahmad, N. (2022). “We seek those moments of togetherness”: digital intimacies, virtual touch and becoming community in pandemic times. Feminist Media Studies, 1-18. Available: here.
Serving Community Through Ethical Research
I had a wonderful opportunity to be a guest speaker for Skater Uktis an all-Muslim female global skate group. The presentation focused on the importance of conducting ethical research with communities. If you are interested in the recording please reach out.
I had a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Women Win and Adidas on their Breaking Barriers Project. The research examines the state of girls’ sport in the EU looking at the barriers that limit and/or hinder sport participation, and the actionable opportunities that remain. You can read the white paper here.
Toffoletti, K., Ahmad, N., & Thorpe, H. (2022). Critical Encounters with Social Media in Women’s Sport and Physical Culture. In Sanderson, J. (Ed.), Sport, Social Media, and Digital Technology: Sociological Approaches. Emerald Publishing. Available: here.
I offered some insights into the Hijab ban in France. Read it here.
Hayhurst, L., Thorpe, H., Chawanksy, M., & Ahmad, N. (In press). Feminist Approaches to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), In Hayhurst, L., Thorpe, H., & Chawanksy, M. (Eds.). Sport, Gender and Development: Intersections, Innovations and Future Trajectories. Emerald Publishing. Available: here.
Women Yoga Practitioners’ Experiences in the Pandemic: From Collective Exhaustion to Affirmative Ethics
Jeffrey, A., Thorpe, H., & Ahmad. N. (2021). Women Yoga Practitioners’ Experiences in the Pandemic: From Collective Exhaustion to Affirmative Ethics. Sociology of Sport Journal. Advance online publication available here: https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.
I was invited by Ali Ahmed who runs the Muslim in Moderation podcast which focuses the discussion on minority culture, identity and politics emanating from immigrant and minority experiences of Muslims in the West. You can listen [here].
I was invited by Manapou ki te Ao (Education New Zealand) to speak about my experiences as a doctoral student in Aotearoa New Zealand. The panel covered a range of topics including culture, social identity, and how these experiences shaped our personal, professional, and academic lives. You can watch the conversation here.
Muslim women's sporting spatialities: navigating culture, religion and moving bodies in Aotearoa New Zealand
Thorpe, H., Ahmad, N., Marfell, A., & Richards, J. (2020). Muslim women’s sporting spatialities: Navigating culture, religion and moving bodies in Aotearoa New Zealand. Gender, Place & Culture, 1-39. Available here.
I along with Professor Holly Thorpe, Ola Shain, and Dr Noha Nasef were invited to take part in a special panel at the Sport NZ Women and Girls Women and Girls Summit 2020 where we discussed the experiences of Muslim women in play, active recreation and sport in Aotearoa. Check out the presentation here.
Ahmad, N., Thorpe, H., Richards, J. & Marfell, A. (2020). Building cultural diversity in sport: a critical dialogue with Muslim women and sports facilitators, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 12(4), 637-653,
I was invited to speak on the Breakfast Show where I shared insights on building cultural inclusivity in sports, a project which I co-lead with Professor Holly Thorpe in collaboration with Sport NZ (Dr Justin Richards) and Sport Waikato (Dr Amy Marfell). In the interview, I was joined by Karate Athlete Mazlinah binte Haji Mohamad Noor and Archer Niely Sunkar who shared their experience as Muslim female athletes in Aotearoa. You can watch the full interview here.
I along with Professor Holly Thorpe were interviewed by Asia New Zealand Foundation on our recent project on sporting experiences of Muslim women. Read it here.
I had the opportunity to join a group of amazing scholars to speak about religious and cultural diversity and the experiences of Muslim women in sport and active recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand with Professor Holly Thorpe. Our discussion starts at 40:03, which can be found on YouTube here.
This panel focuses on the question of cultural citizenship (Rowe, 2004a, 2004b; Stevenson, 1997) and its relationship to sporting, national and regional identities. Cultural citizenship matters because it helps to determine who belongs, who is excluded, and who has ‘the right to know and speak’ in specific social and territorial settings (Miller, 2007: 35). Led by David Rowe, this panel uses the nexus of sport-nation-region to identify and analyse hierarchies of inclusion and exclusion in sport in Oceania.
Check out part 2 of the series focusing on Muslim women in sport in Aotearoa by the LockerRoom. Read it here.
One of the action items that came out of the “Building Cultural Inclusion in Sport’ workshop last month was increasing the visibilities of Muslim women in sport in Aotearoa. The Locker Room accepted that challenge to help ‘change the narrative’ through a series focusing on Muslim women in sport. Read the first piece here.
Myself, Professor Holly Thorpe, and Huda Anas had an opportunity to talk about the important report that was released on July 24, 2020, the “Building Cultural Inclusion in Sport – Insights from Muslim Women in sport and active recreation” symposium and Huda’s experience as an athlete in Aotearoa. Have a listen.
Ahmad, N. & Thorpe, H., Richards, J., Marfell, A., & Scott, H. (2020). Building Cultural Inclusion in Sport: Insights from Muslim Women in Sport and Active Recreation. Sport New Zealand Report.
Ahmad, N. & Thorpe, H. (2020). Muslim Sportswomen as Digital Space Invaders: Hashtag Politics and Everyday Visibilities. Communication & Sport. Read here.
The digital lives of Muslim sportswomen: Navigating the spaces of sport, culture, and social media (2019)
My PhD thesis is now live and can be found here.
Ahmad, N. (2020). Muslim women, sport and social media. In K. Ross (ed.) Encyclopedia of Gender, Media and Communications. Wiley-Blackwell.
My upcoming piece in “Sport, Politics and Society in the Middle East: A rigorous appraisal of the intersection of sport and politics across the region.” : Hurst Publishers.
Choi, Y, Slaker, J. & Ahmad, N. (2019). Deep strike: Playing gender in the world of Overwatch and the case of Geguri. Feminist Media Studies. Read here.
I was interviewed about Muslim sportswomen and my research on social media use by Muslim sportswomen, read on.
I was awarded the Gary Sailes Graduate Diversity Scholarship award by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sports (NASSS).
I was interviewed by Stuff NZ regarding my dissertation topic and its findings: Read all about it here
I was invited by Engaging Sports to submit a piece about my PhD. Read all about it here: #Muslim #Sportswoman: Dismantling dominant narratives through digital media
Ahmad, N. & Thorpe, H. (2016). Youth Sport in the Middle East. In Routledge Handbook on Youth Sport.
Youth, action sports and political agency in the Middle East: Lessons from a grassroots parkour group in Gaza
Thorpe, H. & Ahmad, N. (2013). Youth, action sports and political agency in the Middle East: Lessons from a grassroots parkour group in Gaza, International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
Pearce, K. E., Slaker, J. S., & Ahmad, N. (2013). Transnational families in Armenia and information communication technology use. International Journal of Communication.
I had the opportunity to be the moderator for the “Sport and National Identity in a Global World’s Symposium,” hosted by Dr. Holly Thorpe, a visiting scholar from University of Waikato at Georgetown University.