C. Sports: tools and sites for hegemonic “us” building

New politics through sports emerge and deal with the Now-Time: stadiums around CEE express new spatiality, connections to the past, forms of masculinity, and nationhood. They perform the becoming the people through football matches and manifest power by building stadiums. Senior researcher and geographer Jani Vuolteenaho joins this team to map out the new sports stadiums across CEE in the post-1989 period. In particular, the team compares these urban landmarks in Hungary (Czigány), Poland (Kazlauskaite) , the Czech Republic, Slovakia (Hartikainen) and eastern Germany (Volk). The aesthetics of stadiums and their historical connotations frame collective sports events in which the past is brought into present using rhetoric and symbols by which collective affective hype gets associated to the community as a temporally extending collective subject. The entanglement between the online and the offline in sports also deals with multilayered temporalities and space.

Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Felcsút @Shutterstock