Sports, Society, and Culture
After the Agon: Olympic Memory in Ancient and Modern Athletics
Sixth International Scholars’ Symposium
Ancient Olympia, Greece
Program Dates: July 9–July 13, 2017
The International Olympic Academy (IOA), in cooperation with Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS), is organizing the Sixth International Scholars’ Symposium in the “Sports, Society, and Culture” series in Ancient Olympia, July 9–13, 2017. As in previous years, the Symposium will host scholars from around the world and bring together more than a hundred students and professors from Universities in Greece and abroad.
Building on comparative aspects of earlier themes in the series, the topic of the 2017 Symposium is “After the Agon: Olympic Memory in Ancient and Modern Athletics.” As part of the international scholarly discourse on sports, society, and politics, the 2017 meeting of the IOA/CHS Symposium examines the significance of memory in post-agonistic formations of identity for athletes and their states. By exploring the dynamics of Olympic commemoration, recollection, and emulation, this year's conference brings to Olympia an academic gathering designed to shed new light on the dialogue between the ancient and modern Olympics.
In addition to lectures, this year’s Symposium will place emphasis on an innovative blended learning approach. Students will have access to a list of core readings in advance of the Symposium. Presentations will be followed by workshops during which the students will have the opportunity to discuss the readings and reflect on the themes of the presentations in small groups. Click here to view the program of the Symposium and read the abstracts of the presentations.
The faculty for this year’s Symposium will include Gregory Nagy (Harvard University and CHS Harvard), Stamatia Dova (Hellenic College and CHS Harvard), Maša Culumovic (CHS Harvard), Nigel Spivey (Cambridge University), Sofie Remijsen (University of Amsterdam), Sebastian Scharff (CHS Harvard), Efimia Karakantza (University of Patras), Heather Reid (Morningside College), and Peter Miller (University of Winnipeg).
The Symposium is open to up to 65 undergraduate students who are in their junior year of studies (3rd year and above), as well as postgraduate students (Masters and PhD students) of the same collaborative departments.
Priority will be given to first-time participants.
The Symposium is addressed to students from the following Departments:
|1||National and Kapodistrian University of Athens||Law||Law|
|2||National and Kapodistrian University of Athens||Philosophy||History and Archaeology|
|3||National and Kapodistrian University of Athens||Philosophy||Philology|
|4||National and Kapodistrian University of Athens||Physical Education and Sport Science||Physical Education and Sport Science|
|5||Panteion University of Social and Political Science||International, European and Area Studies|
|6||Panteion University of Social and Political Science||Political Science and History|
|7||Aristotle University of Thessaloniki||Philosophy||Philology|
|8||Aristotle University of Thessaloniki||Law||Law|
|9||Aristotle University of Thessaloniki||Philosophy||History and Archaeology|
|10||Aristotle University of Thessaloniki||Physical Education and Sport Sciences||Physical Education and Sports Science|
|11||Aristotle University of Thessaloniki||Physical Education and Sport Sciences||Physical Education and Sports Science in Serres|
|12||University of Crete||Philosophy||History and Archaeology|
|13||University of Crete||Philosophy||Philology|
|14||University of Crete||Social Sciences||Political Science|
|15||University of Peloponnese||Human Movement and Quality of Life Sciences||Sports Organization and Management|
|16||University of Peloponnese||Humanities and Culture Studies||History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management|
|17||University of Peloponnese||Humanities and Culture Studies||Philology|
|18||University of Patras||Humanities and Social Sciences||Philosophy|
|19||University of Patras||Humanities and Social Sciences||Philology|
|20||Democritus University of Thrace||Classics and Humanities Studies||Greek Philology|
|21||Democritus University of Thrace||Classics and Humanities Studies||History & Ethnology|
|22||Democritus University of Thrace||Physical Education & Sports Science||Physical Education & Sports Science|
|23||Democritus University of Thrace||Law||Law|
|24||American College of Greece|
|26||University of Ioannina||Philosophy||Philology|
|27||University of Ioannina||Philosophy||History and Archaeology|
|28||University of Cyprus||History and Archaeology|
|29||University of Cambridge, UK|
|30||Hellenic College Holly Cross, USA|
|31||Morningside College, USA|
|32||University of Virginia, USA|
|33||University of Amsterdam, NL|
|34||University of Winnipeg, CA|
Participation and Logistics
The International Olympic Academy will facilitate the transportation of the participants by bus from Athens to Olympia.
Accommodation (double room) and meals (Breakfast, Lunch) on the IOA premises will also be offered by the International Olympic Academy.
The IOA and the CHS do not cover airfare and other incidental expenses associated with the presence and participation in the symposium, beyond those described above.
This is a non-fee-based event, and the participants will be given certificates of attendance during the closing ceremony of the Symposium.
The application for the Symposium is now closed. The application deadline was Sunday, April 23, 2017 Midnight (Eastern European Summer Time).
For additional information please contact Mr. Panagiotis Trikaliotis, IOA Academic Programs Coordinator, through telephone (210 6878810, Athens) and/or email p.trikaliotis(at)ioa.org.gr and/or Ms. Christina Lafi, CHS GR Content Editor and Programs Assistant, through telephone (+30 27520 47030, Nafplio, Greece) and/or email clafi(at)chs.harvard.edu.