Sports Society and Culture: Exploring Excellence
Fourth International Scholars’ Symposium
July 6–July 9, 2015
Ancient Olympia, Greece
The International Olympic Academy (IOA), in cooperation with Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS), is organizing the Fourth International Scholars’ Symposium on “Sports, Society, and Culture” in Ancient Olympia, July 6–9, 2015. As in the past 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 some of the themes that were developed in the previous years, the specific topic of the 2015 Symposium is “Exploring Excellence.” Its purpose is to explore the notion of excellence as it was experienced in the ancient and the modern Olympic tradition and life.
Rather than placing emphasis on lectures, this year’s Symposium will be based on innovative educational methods such as blended learning and student workshops. Students will have access to a set of core readings and presentation abstracts in advance of the Symposium. Presentations will be short, and 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.
This year’s Symposium faculty will include Gregory Nagy (Harvard University and CHS), Ewen Bowie (Oxford University), Ioannis Petropoulos (Democritus University of Thrace and CHS), Lucia Athanassaki (University of Crete), Stamatia Dova (Hellenic College, Holly Cross and CHS), Paul Christesen (Dartmouth College), Charles Stocking (University of Western Ontario and CHS), Janice Forsyth (University of Western Ontario).
The Symposium will accept up to 85 student participants and is addressed only 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||Philosophy||Philosophy and Social Studies|
|15||University of Crete||Social Sciences||Political Science|
|16||University of Peloponnese||Human Movement and Quality of Life Sciences||Sports Organization and Management|
|17||University of Peloponnese||Humanities and Culture Studies||History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management|
|18||University of Peloponnese||Humanities and Culture Studies||Philology|
|19||University of Patras||Humanities and Social Sciences||Philosophy|
|20||University of Patras||Humanities and Social Sciences||Philology|
|21||Democritus University of Thrace||Classics and Humanities Studies||Greek Philology|
|22||Democritus University of Thrace||Classics and Humanities Studies||History and Ethnology|
|23||Democritus University of Thrace||Physical Education & Sports Science||Physical Education & Sport Sciences|
|24||Democritus University of Thrace||Law||Law|
|25||American College of Greece|
|28||University of Ioannina||Philosophy||Philology|
|29||University of Ioannina||Philosophy||History and Archaeology|
*** Please note that 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.
Participation and Logistics
The International Olympic Academy will facilitate the transportation of the participants by bus from Athens to Olympia on Monday July 6 and from Olympia to Athens on Thursday July 9.
Accommodation (double room) and meals (Breakfast, Lunch) on the IOA premises will also be offered by the International Olympic Academy.
This is a non-fee-based event, and the participants will be given certificates of attendance during the closing ceremony of the Symposium.
Online Application and Contact Information
The application is now closed.
The deadline for all submissions was Monday, May 25, 2015.
Once you have completed your application, the organizers of the Symposium may contact your referees by Friday, May 29, 2015.
Selections will be made by June 12. The selected participants will receive acceptance messages via email.
For more information please contact IOA Academic Programs Coordinator, Mr. Panagiotis Trikaliotis – email: firstname.lastname@example.org & phone: 210 6878810 (Monday to Friday: 9:30am to 2:30pm) and/or CHS Programs Assistant, Ms. Christina Lafi – email: email@example.com.