Associate Professor Jorge Knijnik


Photo of Jorge KnijnikJorge Knijnik is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and member of the Institute for Culture and Society and the Deputy Director for Development of the Centre for Educational Research. His research interests range from sport in society, culture and history, to gender and human rights in education, to physical education pedagogies, to drama studies and fandom culture. His current research examines the socialisation process within football fans in Greater Western Sydney and how football fandom has the potential to make a significant contribution to community cohesion and regeneration in the area. He is also involved in a number of projects looking at the political and cultural contradictory legacies of sports mega events in Brazil. It was in his home country where, as a social and education worker, Jorge spent considerable time in the slums of São Paulo, where there are extensive and systematic human rights violations – including serious child abuse – introducing systematic initiatives to improve sanitation, minimise health problems (including sexuality programs), and promote accessible sport and exercise programs as alternatives to self-destructive or socially dysfunctional behaviors.

Qualifications

Doctor of Social Psychology, 2006, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Master of Physical Education, 2001, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Teacher's Certificate and Bachelor (Honours) of Physical Education, 1991, University of São Paulo

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Honours and Awards

2018: AU$ 17,403 from the Economic and Social Research Council (UK): Project Ritual, Community and Conflict [via University of Oxford]

2018:AU$ 10,000 (with Ryan Storr) from Victorian Cricket Association: Project Developing LGBT+ Inclusive Supporter Groups in the Big Bash Cricket League

2014: Office for Learning and Teaching Australian Award for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

2014: UWS Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarship

2013: UWS Vice-Chancellor's Learning and Teaching Award for "Excellence in Teaching"

2012: UWS Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

2009: Building the Gender Equality – Awarded by the Brazilian Research Council, Brazilian Ministry of Education and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

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Selected Publications

Books

Knijnik, J 2018, The World Cup chronicles - 31 days that rocked Brazil (opens in a new window), Fair Play Publishing, Balgowlah Heights.

Knijnik, J & Adair, D (eds.) 2015, Embodied masculinities in global sport (opens in a new window), FiT Publishing, West Virginia.

Adelman, M & Knijnik, J (eds.) 2013, Gender and equestrian sport: riding around the world (opens in a new window), Springer, New York.

Knijnik, J (ed.) 2010, Gênero e esporte, masculinidades e feminilidades, Apicuri, Rio de Janeiro. [Gender and sport, masculinities and femininities].

Knijnik, J & Zuzzi, R (eds.) 2010, Meninas e meninos na educação física: gênero e corporeidade no século XXI, Fontoura, Jundiai, São Paulo. [Girls and boys in physical education: gender and embodiment in the 21st century].

Pimentel, A, Cancela, C, & Knijnik, J 2010, Dossiê sexualidades e gêneros: reflexões teóricas e empíricas, Letras a Margem, São Paulo. [Sexualities and genders – theoretical and empirical reflections]

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Book Chapters

Knijnik, J 2017, ‘The preparation of intelligent tennis players: or, developing the habitus of being clever with and without the racket’, in R Paciaroni & RP Urso (eds), Tênis: Novos Caminhos Para Uma Abordagem Profissional, Editora Evora, Spain, pp. 78–85.

Knijnik, J 2017, ‘Reading and writing the game: game based teaching methods vs analytical teaching methods in the training of tennis players’, in R Paciaroni & RP Urso (eds), Tênis: novos caminhos para uma abordagem profissional, Editora Evora, Spain, pp. 70–77.

Knijnik, J D 2016, 'Educação corporal : os corpos para (muito) além dos gêneros', in D Carreira Filho & W R Correia (eds.), Educação Corporal: Entre Anúncios e Denuncias = Body Education: Between Ads and Complaints, Editora CRV, Curitiba, pp. 93-101.

Knijnik, J 2015, 'São mais de 70 bandeiras! Os Commonwealth games, o terceiro maior evento poliesportivo do mundo', in VA Melo (ed.), Historia(s) do sport: uma estratégia de divulgação cientifica, 7 Letras, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 189-193. [`There are more than 70 flags! The Commonwealth Games, the third largest multisport event in the world', in History(s) of sport: a strategy of scientific propagation].

Knijnik, J 2015, 'Sextas sem cestas (ou entre o judaísmo e a bola laranja): o caso do basquete em Victoria', in VA Melo (ed.), Historia(s) do sport: uma estratégia de divulgação cientifica, 7 Letras, Rio de Janeiro, pp.110-115. [`No-basketball Fridays (or between judaism and the orange ball): the case of basketball in Victoria', in History(s) of sport: a strategy of scientific propagation].

Knijnik, J & Petersen, B 2015, 'Jogando atrás do arame farpado: esporte entre os internos nos campos australianos durante a 1ª guerra mundial (1914-1919)', in VA Melo (ed.), Historia(s) do sport: uma estratégia de divulgação cientifica, 7 Letras, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 81-86. [`Playing behind the barbed wire: sport amongst the Australian war camps internees during the WW1 (1914-1919)', in History(s) of sport: a strategy of scientific propagation].

Knijnik, J & Ferretti, MAC 2015, 'Ambivalent lives, fighting bodies: women and combat sports in Brazil', in A Channon & CR Matthews (eds), Global perspectives on women in combat sports: women warriors around the world (opens in a new window), Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 253-266.

Knijnik, J & Adair, D 2015, 'Conceptualizing embodied masculinities in global sport', in J Knijnik & D Adair (eds), Embodied masculinities in global sport (opens in a new window) , FiT Publishing, West Virginia, pp. 1-14.

Knijnik, J &  de Melo, VA 2015,  ' Football, cinema, and new sensibilities in the masculine t erritory: an analysis of Asa Branca, a Brazilian Dream (1981) and New Wave (1983)',  in J Knijnik & D Adair (eds), Embodied masculinities in global sport (opens in a new window) , FiT Publishing, West Virginia, pp. 71-90.

Knijnik, J 2015,  'I am dancing on the courts: masculinities in Brazilian sports',  in J Knijnik & D Adair (eds), Embodied masculinities in global sport (opens in a new window) , FiT Publishing, West Virginia, pp. 91-110.

Knijnik, J 2014, 'Gendered barriers to Brazilian female football: twentieth-century legacies', in J Hargreaves & E Anderson (eds),  Routledge handbook of sport, gender and sexuality (opens in a new window), Routledge, USA, pp. 121-128. 

Curry, C & Knijnik, J 2013, 'Physical education and the after-school sports program in Australian schools: barriers and challenges for the 21st century', in JR Chepyator-Thomson & S Hsu (eds), Global perspectives on physical education and after-school sport programs, University Press of America, Maryland.

Knijnik, J, Horton, P & Cruz, L 2013, 'Rhizomatic bodies, gendered waves: transitional femininities in Brazilian surf', in B Wheaton (ed.), The consumption and representation of lifestyle sports, Routledge, Oxon.

Knijnik, J 2013, 'The black, the white, the green: fluid masculinities on Brazilian dressage', in M Adelman & J Knijnik (eds), Gender and equestrian sports: riding around the world, Springer, New York.

Adelman, M & Knijnik, J 2013, 'Women, men and horses: looking at the equestrian world through a "gender lens"', in M Adelman & J Knijnik (eds), Gender and equestrian sports: riding around the world, Springer, New York.

Knijnik, J, Massa, M, Luguetti, C & Bohme, T 2013, 'Physical education and after-school sports programs: Brazilian experiences and tendencies for the 21st century', in JR Chepyator-Thomson & S Hsu (eds), Global perspectives on physical education and after-school sport programs, University Press of America, Maryland.

Hirota, V, Tondato, P & Knijnik, J 2012, 'Motivação e ansiedade no esporte: da iniciação ao alto rendimento', in E Freire, SC Corrêa (eds), Conhecimento construído em parcerias: desafios na educação física, Bookmakers, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 121-146.

Knijnik, J 2010, 'Introdução: fazendo gênero no esporte', in J Knijnik (ed.), Gênero e esporte: masculinidades e feminilidades, Apicuri, Rio de Janeiro.

Knijnik, J 2010, 'O acaso vai me proteger, enquanto eu andar distraído? O professor de educação física e a orientação sexual', in Dossiê sexualidades e gêneros: reflexões teóricas e empíricas, Letras a Margem, Presidente Venceslau, São Paulo.

Knijnik, J 2010, 'Gender Vertigo, ou à la recherche d´une identité perdue', in J Knijnik (ed.), Genero e esporte: masculinidades e feminilidades, Apicuri, Rio de Janeiro.

Knijnik, J, Vasconcellos, E & Knijnik, S 2010, 'À beira de um ataque de nervos: estresse e direitos humanos nos campos de futebol do Brasil', in J Knijnik (ed.), Gênero e esporte: masculinidades e feminilidades, Rio de Janeiro. [On the verge of a nervous breakdown: distress and human rights on the Brazilian soccer fields].

Knijnik, J & Falcão-Defino, P 2010, 'Esporte e masculinidades: uma longa história de amor – ou melhor, de amizade', in J Knijnik (ed.), Gênero e esporte: masculinidades e feminilidades, Apicuri, Rio de Janeiro. [Sport and masculinities – a long history of love, better, friendship].

Knijnik, J 2010, 'Gênero, um debate que não quer calar', in J Knijnik (ed.), Gênero e esporte: masculinidades e feminilidades, Apicuri, Rio de Janeiro. [Gender, a begging debate].

Zuzzi, R & Knijnik, J 2010, 'Do passado ao presente: reflexões sobre a história da educação física a partir das relações de gênero', in J Knijnik & RP Zuzzi (eds), Meninas e meninos na educação física: gênero e corporeidade no século XXI, Fontoura, Jundiai, São Paulo. [From the past to the present: reflections upon physical education since the gender relationships].

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Journal Articles

Knijnik, J, Spaaij, R & Jeanes, R 2019, 'Reading and writing the game: creative and dialogic pedagogies in sports education' (opens in a new window), Thinking Skills and Creativity, vol. 32, pp. 42-50.

Knijnik, J, Hunter, J & Vozzo, L 2019, 'Aboriginal football in Australia: race relations and the socio-historical meanings of the 2014 Borroloola Tour to the Brazil World Cup' (opens in a new window), The International Journal of the History of Sport.

Knijnik, J 2018, 'Social agency and football fandom: the cultural pedagogies of the Western Sydney ultras' (opens in a new window), Sport in Society: Culture, Commerce, Politics, vol.21, no. 6, pp. 946-959.

Knijnik, J 2018, 'Imagining a multicultural community in an everyday football carnival: chants, identity and social resistance on Western Sydney terraces' (opens in a new window), International Review for the Sociology of Sport, vol. 53, no. 4, pp. 471-89.

Knijnik, J & Spaaij, R 2017, 'No harmony: football fandom and everyday multiculturalism in Western Sydney' (opens in a new window), Journal of Intercultural Studies,vol.38, no.1, pp. 36-53.

Knijnik, J, Hunter, J & Vozzo, L 2017, 'Aboriginal football in Australia: race relations and the socio-historical meanings of the 2014 Borroloola Tour to the Brazil World Cup' (opens in a new window), The International Journal of the History of Sport, DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2017.1332046.

Peres, FF, de Melo, VA & Knijnik, J 2017, 'Olympics, media and politics: the first Olympic ideas in Brazilian society during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries' (opens in a new window), The International Journal of the History of Sport, special issue on Olympics in Conflicts, DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2016.1275578.

Knijnik, J 2016, 'The 2014 World Cup and its implications for Brazilian social identity: deconstructing the "football-land" myth', Sporting Traditions, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 41-56.

Knijnik, J D 2016, 'Michael J. Agovino, The Soccer diaries: an American's thirty-year pursuit of the international game', Sporting Traditions, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 124-126.

Kath, E & Knijnik, J 2015, 'The end of football and fiesta? Social insurrection and national identity in twenty-first century Brazil' (opens in a new window), Globalizations, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 872-885.

Carvalho, M, Knijnik, J & Dados, N 2015, 'Public education on fire' (opens in a new window), Overland.

Knijnik, J 2015, 'Femininities and masculinities in Brazilian women's football: resistance and compliance' (opens in a new window), Journal of International Women's Studies, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 54-70.

Knijnik, J & de Melo, VA 2015, 'Uma nova e moderna sociedade? O esporte no teatro de Arthur Azevedo' (opens in a new window), Revista Brasileira de Ciências do Esporte, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 11-19. [A new and modern society? Sport in Arthur Azevedo's plays].

Knijnik, J 2015, 'Feeling at home: an autoethnographic account of an immigrant football fan in Western Sydney' (opens in a new window), Leisure Studies, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 34-41.

Betti, M, Knijnik, J, Daolio, J, Venâncio, L, Sanches Neto, L 2014, 'Fundamentos filosóficos e antropológicos da Teoria do se-Movimentar e a formação de sujeitos emancipados, autônomos e críticos: o exemplo do Currículo de Educação Física do Estado de São Paulo' (opens in a new window), Movimento, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 1631-1653.

Horton, P, Knijnik, J &  Clarke, B 2014, 'A Deleuzo-Guattarian "schizoanalysis" of the Smart Moves - physical activity program in Queensland state schools' (opens in a new window), Journal of Human Sport and Exercise , vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 668-685. 

Knijnik, J &  de Melo, VA 2014, 'Football and the "new" gender order: Brazilian cinema in the late twentieth century' (opens in a new window), Soccer & Society .

Knijnik, J 2014, 'Playing for freedom: Sócrates, futebol-arte and democratic struggle in Brazil' (opens in a new window), Soccer & Society, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 635-654.

Betti, M, Knijnik, J & Venancio, L 2014, 'In search of the autonomous and critical individual: a philosophical and pedagogical analysis of the physical education curriculum of São Paulo (Brazil)' (opens in a new window), Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 427-441.

Knijnik, J, & Curry, C 2014, '"I know PE is important but I don't feel confident teaching it": Australian Primary pre-service teachers' feelings and thoughts about teaching physical education', International Journal of Sport Studies, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 289-296.

Zuzzi, R, Knijnik, J & Batista, C 2013, 'Nenhuma das alternativas: relações sociais de gênero no Exame Nacional de Desempenho dos Estudantes de Educação Física no Brasil', Teoria e Sociedade, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 113-134.

Henstock, M, Barker, K & Knijnik, J 2013, '2, 6, heave! Can sail training influence self-concept and the social side of engagement with learning and education?', Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 32-46.

Knijnik, J & Horton, P 2013, '"Only beautiful women need apply": human rights and gender in Brazilian football', Creative Approaches to Research, vol. 6, pp. 60-70.

Knijnik, J 2013, 'Visions of gender justice: "untested feasibility" on the football fields of Brazil' (opens in a new window), Journal of Sport and Social Issues, vol. 37, pp. 8-30.

Knijnik, J & Petersen, B 2013, 'Bernard Shaw's Admirable Bashville: playwright and prizefighter', Physical Culture and Sports. Studies and Research, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 76-83.

Knijnik, J & Tavares, O 2012, 'Educating Copacabana: a critical analysis of the "second half", an Olympic education program of Rio 2016' (opens in a new window), Educational Review, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 353-368.

Knijnik, J 2012, 'Sobre bebes e homens ou o radinho de pilha e as masculinidades futebolísticas', REV.NUFEN, vol 4, no. 2, pp. 3-10. [Babies and men or masculinities on the radio].

Knijnik, J 2011, 'From the cradle to Athens: the silver-coated story of a warrior in Brazilian soccer', Sporting Traditions, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 63-83.

Curi, M, Knijnik, J & Mascarenhas, G 2011, 'The Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro 2007: consequences of a sport mega event on a BRIC country', International Review for the Sociology of Sport (opens in a new window), vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 140-156.

Knijnik, J 2011, 'Teatro infantil, gênero e direitos humanos: um olhar critico sobre as pecas Felizardo e O menino Teresa' (opens in a new window), Revista Estudos Feministas, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 777-800. [Children's drama, gender and human rights: a critical analysis of the plays Happy boy and Teresa, the boy].

Maranhão, T & Knijnik, J 2011, 'Futebol mulato: racial constructs in Brazilian football', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Journal, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 55-71.

Knijnik, J & Souza, J 2011, 'Brazilian women in the sport press: a case study', The Journal of Human Sport & Exercise, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 12-26.

Massa, M, Uezu, R, Bohme, M, Rigolin, L & Knijnik, J 2010, 'Desempenho esportivo no judô Olímpico brasileiro: o talento é precoce?', Rev. Brasileira de Ciência e Movimento, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 246-170. [Sport performance in the Brazilian Olympic judo: is the talent premature?].

Knijnik, J, Horton, P, & Cruz, L 2010, 'Rhizomatic bodies, gendered waves: transitional femininities in Brazilian surf', Sport in Society, vol. 13, no. 7/8, pp. 1170-1185.

Knijnik, J & Melo, V 2010, 'Sport in Artur Azevedo's revues: a reflection of developments in late 19th century Rio de Janeiro society', Aethlon - The Journal of Sport Literature, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 103-119.

Knijnik, J & Cruz, L 2010, 'Amazonas dos sete mares: a imagem corporal de surfistas brasileiras', Revista do Nufen (Nucleo de Estudos Fenomenológicos), vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 55-74.

Knijnik, J, Knijnik, S, Casco, P & Castro, D 2010. 'Ação x emoção? O corpo genereficado e a educação física escolar', Lecturas Educacion Fisica y Deportes: Revista Digital, vol. 15, no. 144. [Action x emotion? The gendered body and physical education at schools].

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Research Grants

USD 25.600,00 from Brazilian Research Council (CNPq) to develop the research project 'Je ne regretted rien – Zinedine Zidane and soccer masculinities' (2007).

USD 7.500,00 from FAPESP (São Paulo Research foundation) to develop the project 'The hero in trouble: (un) making sports masculinities' (2007).

USD 18.800,00 from Brazilian Research Council (CNPq) to develop the research project 'Social History of the Brazilian Women in the Competitive Sports'.

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