Sports, Society, and Culture

Language and Athletics: The Many Discourses of Sport

Eighth International Scholars’ Symposium
July 10–July 14, 2019
Ancient Olympia, Greece

Conference Program


  Arrival of Lecturers and Participants in Athens
9:15am Departure of Participants from the Panathenaic Stadium, Athens, to Ancient Olympia
2:00-5:00pm Registrations
6:00pm Opening of the Symposium ~ Opening Remarks by IOA and CHS

11 JULY 

9:00am Visit to the Archaeological Site and Museum of Ancient Olympia
1:00pm Lunch
  Session 1
4:30pm Charles Stocking, "Ancient Athletics and the Language of Mind-Body Dualism" (View Abstract)
5:30pm Maša Culumovic, "Εἰ πόνος ἦν, τὸ τερπνὸν πλέον πεδέρχεται: the Language of Athletics in Pindar's Epinicians"(View Abstract)

 12 JULY

9:00am Workshops
1:00pm Lunch
  Session 2
4:30pm Gregory Nagy, "Thoughts about Poetic Language that links Heroes to Athletes" (View Abstract)
5:30pm Damian Stocking, "The Ecstatic Community: The ‘Logic’ of Athletic Victory and the Poetics of the Ode" (View Abstract)
6:30pm Students' papers presentations (View Abstracts)


  Session 3
9:00am Michael Gross, "Stronger: The Meeting of Muscle and Mind" (View Abstract)
10:00am Stamatia Dova, "Who Needs Words? The Chemistry of ὅμιλος and the Universal Language of Sport" (View Abstract)
1:00pm Lunch
4:30pm Workshops


9:00am Summaries of Presentations / Roundtable Discussion
10:30am Presentation of the Conclusions of the Workshops
11:00am Address and Closing of the Symposium
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Departure to Athens


*The duration of the lectures is indicative, and includes time for discussion. The language of the proceedings is English.

** During the workshops, emphasis will be added on the ongoing dialogue between ancient and modern, on how these concepts compete and interact. Lecturers and participants are encouraged to enrich and elaborate on the dialectic relationship between the two.