Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Olympics seminar

This may be of interest to some people on the blog. It's a symposium on the Olympics run by Goldsmiths, and taking place in June.

In this symposium, we will investigate the changes accompanying the 2012 London Olympics, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  The meeting will focus on existing research and interventions concerning the ways that global events have been accompanied by urban transformations and new forms of social (dis)advantage and exclusions, in different urban/nation-state contexts. 
What does the future hold for existing Olympic Cities?  Are there ways of holding mega events which bring genuine benefits to cities and their citizens?  How might the promises of ‘legacy’ be realised in more open and democratic ways?

It's a free event, and may be of interest to more academic geographers, or students, or perhaps teachers wanting to up-skill themselves (if that's even a thing) as there is a requirement to get involved in the event in some way.
Thanks to Brendan Conway for the tip-off to the event.

Image of London Olympic park signage (taken before the games) : Alan Parkinson

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