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"Ideology in Motion: On the Relationship of Sports and Politics"
Graduate Student conference at the University of British Columbia
Vancouver, 4-5 December, 2009

Throughout history, sports have mobilized the masses. From antiquity to
modernity and beyond, competitive physical engagement has continued to
captivate the hearts and minds of individuals as well as entire nations.
In all this time, sports and sporting events have served a wide variety
of political purposes, ranging from a supposed symbol for peace (as in
the case of the Olympic Games) to a staging ground for rivalries on a
local, regional, national and international level. While, in such cases,
the connection between sports and politics may be relatively obvious, it
is not always merely the question of success and defeat, of supremacy
and inferiority, which is at stake in sportive contexts. Rather, sports
can be seen as a mirror of an array of social and cultural ideologies:
Categories such as honour, courage and honesty (for instance, in recent
doping scandals) are as fundamental factors in the discourses informing
and surrounding sports as constructions of gender, race and class; body
images and the fetishization of athletes have proven as central to the
political impact of sports as, for instance, their ever-growing
economical relevance. The question, thus, is not whether or not there
exists a direct relationship between sports and politics, but how this
relationship manifests itself in different contexts. Just in time for
both the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the Soccer World Cup in
South Africa, this conference seeks to investigate this question and
discuss how the thrall of organized physical competition and its
relationship to politics can be explained from a variety of different

Keynote Address:
"Global Players, Local Cultures: Sports and Cosmopolitanism in Europe
and North America."
Dr. Andrei S. Markovits
Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German
(University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

We invite contributions from current graduate students in all areas and
disciplines on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, the

- There is no I in Team: Collective identities through sports –
national, regional, and local
- Competitive hegemonies: gender, class, and race in sports
- "Every Country Needs a Legend": Political sporting events
- Athletic aesthetics: Politicized literary, cinematic and other
artistic negotiations of bodies in motion
- Citizens in training: institutionalized physical education and healthy
- Sporting goods: the political economy of sports
- Spectator Sports: (passive) identification and the social psychology
of fandom
- Score and Peace: revisiting the Olympic myth

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words along with a brief
academic CV to both Guido Schenkel ( and
Jeremy Redlich ( by 15 March, 2009.

Guido Schenkel, PhD Student Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies University of British Columbia Buchanan Tower 222 - 1873 East Mall Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z1 Fax: 604-822-9344 Email: Web:

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PersonName: Guido Schenkel, Jeremy Redlich 
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KontaktdatenName/Institution: Eastern and Northern European Studies University of British Columbia 
Strasse/Postfach: Buchanan Tower 222 - 1873 East Mall 
Stadt: Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z1  
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Klassifikation05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.11.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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