Sport Mega-Events: Diverse Social Scientific Perspectives From The Global North And The Global South

Kimberly SchimmelChair: Kimberly Schimmel (USA) - Professor of the Sociology of Sport; Director, School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration; Vice President, International Sociology of Sport Association, Kent State University, Ohio, USA.





Abstract

Four internationally recognized sport studies scholars from the Global North and the Global South address the diversity theme of the conference from a diverse social scientific perspective. The panel will demonstrate that the phenomenon of sport mega-events is one of the central problematics of our contemporary era. Scholars on this panel will address the historical, cultural, socio-psychological, and local civic policy implications of sport mega-events. They will suggest that these events require scrutiny from inter- disciplinary perspectives before the civic and scholarly communities can come to agreement about the worth of large-scale events such as the Olympic Games. The panel will discuss the benefits and burdens of the Olympics from each of their perspectives.

Speakers:

Katia Rubio1. Katia Rubio (BRA) - University of São Paulo (USP), School of Physical Education and Sports, Department of Human Body Movement Education, São Paulo, Brazil.

Title Presentation: Brazilian Athletes’ Experiences of the Olympics: From Dictatorship to Democracy



Kimberly Schimmel2. Kimberly Schimmel (USA) - Professor of the Sociology of Sport; Director, School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration; Vice President, International Sociology of Sport Association, Kent State University, Ohio, USA.

Title Presentation: Toward a thanatology of Olympic stadiums




Annette Hofmann3. Annette Hofmann (DEU) - Is full professor for Sports Studies at the Ludwigsburg University of Education in Germany. She teaches various aspects of sport pedagogy and cultural studies of sport. Her main research interests are: Ethnicity and sport, gender and sport, sport and the ´ill´ female body, German-American sports and bilingual aspects of teaching Physical Education.
Annette Hofmann is the President of the International Society for the History of Sport and Physical Education (ISHPES) and Vice President of the German Gymnastic Federation (Deutsche Turner-Bund), the biggest sports for all association. She is an academic editor of the International Journal of the History of Sport and review editor of the Journal of Sport History. She holds several other positions on national and international academic boards, and has about 200 publications.

Title Presentation: "How Colorful is This!" The International Deutsche Turnfest 2017 in Berlin: A Sport for All - Mega-Event between Spectacle, Participation and Solidarity