Sport and Body Culture

Full panel title

Sport and Body Culture in Southeast Asia


Friederike Trotier (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Lena Pawelke (Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg)

Date and time

Double session

14 August, 09:00 – 10:30
14 August, 11:00 – 12:30


Room 30 (Session 1), Room 48 (Session 2)

Session 1


  • Losing Ground: Exodus of Women Bodybuilders to Women’s Physique
    Airnel Abarra (Ateneo de Davao University)
  • The Buddhist Basketball Association: Sport Practice and the Cultivation of the Body among Tai Lue Monastics
    Roger Casas (Australian National University)
  • Sport for Development in Indonesia – A Case Study of a Soccer for Girls Program in Jakarta
    Lena Pawelke (University of Freiburg)

Session 2

  • Creating an Image through Sport: Palembang’s Narrative of Success
    Friederike Trotier (Goethe University Frankfurt)
  • Developing the Devils Own Country. The Scouting Movement in Dutch New Guinea, 1950-1962
    Jelle Zondag (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Intercultural Co-Operation Management in a Sport-for-Development Project in Thailand
    Berndt Tausch (University of Freiburg)

Panel abstract

“Sport has the power to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela) In every part of the world, sport in its diverse facets fascinates people and penetrates many segments of modern societies. Southeast Asia is not an exception although sporting practices have so far attracted little attention in Southeast Asian Studies. Nevertheless, sport and body culture have not only been embraced by the Southeast Asian populations but even more by governments and NGOs to enhance e.g. nation-building, education, health, community development and social inclusion. Hence, sport – elite and high-performance as well as sport on grassroots and community levels in the context of sport for all – crosses many fields and can therefore be examined from different disciplinary angles, be it sociology, anthropology, history, sport studies, or political sciences. This panel aims to shed light on sport, physical exercise and body culture in the context of Southeast Asia.