Sports, Society, and Culture

Athla for the People: Democracy, Empire, and the Power of Athletics

Seventh International Scholars’ Symposium
Ancient Olympia, Greece
Program Dates: July 9–July 13, 2018
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 22, 2018

The application is now closed.

The International Olympic Academy (IOA), in cooperation with Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS), is organizing the Seventh International Scholars’ Symposium in the “Sports, Society, and Culture” series in Ancient Olympia, July 9–13, 2018. 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.

Topic

Building on comparative aspects of earlier themes in the series, the topic of the 2018 Symposium is “Athla for the People: Democracy, Empire, and the Power of Athletics.” As part of the international scholarly discourse on sports, society, and politics, the 2018 meeting of the IOA/CHS Symposium examines the significance of athletics in shaping socio-political discourses from antiquity to our times. By exploring the impact of Olympic distinction on a variety of political systems, this year's conference brings to Olympia an academic gathering designed to shed new light on the dialogue between the ancient and modern Olympics.

Structure

In addition to lectures, the Symposium places 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 and read the abstracts of presentations. The program of the Symposium will be announced in due time.

Faculty

This year’s Symposium faculty will include Gregory Nagy (Harvard University and CHS Harvard), Konstantinos Georgiadis (University of Peloponnese and International Olympic Academy), Charles Stocking (University of Western Ontario and CHS Harvard), Stamatia Dova (Hellenic College and CHS Harvard), Paul Christesen (Darthmouth College), Maša Culumovic (CHS Harvard), Sarah Murray (University of Toronto), and Philip Sapirstein (University of Nebraska–Lincoln).

Participants

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:

A/A University School Department
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    
25 Mediterranean College    
26 University of Ioannina Philosophy Philology
27 University of Ioannina Philosophy History and Archaeology
28 University of Cyprus   History and Archaeology

*The above list is indicative rather than limiting. Applications of interested parties from other departments in Greece and abroad will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance to the examined topic and the respective students’ academic background and performance.

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. 

View Past Symposia here.

2018 Application

The application for the Symposium is now closed and the application deadline was Sunday, April 22, 2018, Midnight (Eastern European Summer Time).

Contact

For additional information please contact Ms. Marilena Katsadoraki, IOA Sessions' Coordinator, through telephone (+30 210 6878810) and/or email m.katsadoraki(at)ioa.org.gr, and/or Ms. Christina Lafi, CHS GR Projects and Content Development Manager, through telephone (+30 27520 47030, Nafplio, Greece) and/or email clafi(at)chs.harvard.edu.