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Sports, Society, and Culture

Athla for the people: Democracy, Empire, and the Power of Athletics”

Seventh International Scholars’ Symposium
Dates: July 9 – July 13, 2018
Application Deadline: April 22, 2018

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


The Symposium is addressed to 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students, as well as postgraduate students – Masters and PhD students. Priority will be given to first-time participants.
This is a non-fee based event, and the participants will be given certificates of attendance during the closing ceremony of the Symposium.
For additional information, please visit the Symposium’s website!

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