Maradona: sport, visual culture, and identity in Naples

Author: Emma Ackerley


Emma Ackerley ’23 recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a major in anthropology, a supplemental major in global affairs with a concentration in transnational European studies, and a minor in journalism, ethics, and democracy. Over spring break 2023, with support from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, she traveled to Naples in southern Italy to conduct anthropological research on the visual culture surrounding the global football (soccer) legend Diego Maradona.

To share her story, we compiled a photo essay with many of the examples of this visual culture she documented and used in her research. Ackerley was also recently featured in an article by the College of Arts and Letters describing her incredible journey as a Notre Dame student, including working with five different languages, completing the Globally Engaged Citizens program, working with the Ukrainian Museum-Archives, and more. Both pieces may be accessed through the buttons below.



Originally published by Emma Ackerley at on June 15, 2023.