Join us for the fifth International Scholars’ Symposium on Sports, Society and Culture!

To Bring Back Victory: Local and Global Aspects of Ancient Athletics and the Modern Olympics

Sumbissions deadline: May 15, 2016

Online Application and Contact Information
The International Olympic Academy (IOA), in cooperation with Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS), is organizing the Fifth International Scholars’ Symposium in the “Sports, Society, and Culture” series in Ancient Olympia, July 9–13, 2016. As in previous years, the Symposium will host scholars from around the world and bring together more than a hundred students and professors from Greek and American Universities.


Building on comparative aspects of earlier themes in the series, the topic of the 2016 Symposium is “To Bring Back Victory: Local and Global Aspects of Ancient Athletics and the Modern Olympics.” The symposium will explore the notion of victory with a focus on local and global festivities and the homecoming of the athlete.


This year’s Symposium faculty will include Gregory Nagy (Harvard University and CHS), Ioannis Petropoulos (Democritus University of Thrace and CHS), Stamatia Dova (Hellenic College and CHS), Charles Stocking (University of Western Ontario and CHS), Maša Culumovic (Brandeis University), Paul Christesen (Dartmouth College), Zacharoula Petraki (University of Crete), and Catherine Pratt (Western University).


The Symposium is open to up to 85 undergraduate students who are in their senior year of studies (4th year and above), as well as postgraduate students (Masters and PhD students) of the same collaborative departments. For more information about the collaborative departments and the online application, visit the CHS website.