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Culture @ the Olympics re-launch

February 2, 2010

We have now launched our new website where the Critical Olympiad blog is integrated.

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Intellectual Muscle

October 15, 2009

great lecture series by Vancouver 2010

Intellectual Muscle

Intellectual Muscle is an eclectic series of talks by prominent and up-and-coming Canadian intellectuals on topics related to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Public lectures will be delivered at universities across Canada and made available online in podcast form. The online program will include polls, discussion forums and other interactive features, providing Canadians with a unique opportunity to participate in a series of national dialogues.

Intellectual Muscle, developed by Vancouver 2010 and the University of British Columbia, in collaboration with universities across Canada and The Globe and Mail, will run from September 2009 until the end of the Games in March 2010.

Podcast schedule:

Date University Speaker Podcast Title
October 8, 2009 University of Toronto Bruce Kidd What Do the Olympics Contribute To Society?
October 10, 2009 University of Saskatchewan Vera Pezer Sport, What Inspires Us and What We’re Missing: Are There Better Ways to Define Success?
October 13, 2009 University of Calgary Simon Hudson The $6 Billion Question: Is it Worth it?
October 15, 2009 University of Victoria Dennis Pilon The Politics of the Olympics
October 20, 2009 The University of British Columbia Judy Illes In Perilous Pursuit of Perfection: The Ethics of Neuroscience in Sport
October 22, 2009 McGill University Margaret Somerville LAUGHING, DREAMING AND SWEATING
The Olympics as a Global “Shared Ethics” Forum
October 27, 2009 Dalhousie University Steven Mannell, Director Making Change Happen:
University Leadership for a Sustainable Future
October 29, 2009 The University of Western Ontario Kevin Wamsley Vancouver: The 6th North American Winter Games: What Does History Tell Us about Hosting the Olympics?
November 3, 2009 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined
November 5, 2009 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined
November 10, 2009 University of Northern British Columbia Kathy Lewis A Green Economy and the Value of Rural Places
November 12, 2009 University of New Brunswick Shawn Dalton Environment and Sustainable Development
November 17, 2009 University of Alberta Janice Forsyth The Illusion of Inclusion
November 19, 2009 Wilfrid Laurier University Stephen Wenn Key Issues for a Future Game Plan for the Olympic Movement
November 24, 2009 University of Guelph Matthew Hayday “They Like Us, They Really Like Us!”: Defining Canada through International Accomplishments
November 26, 2009 Simon Fraser University Neil Boyd The Olympic Movement and the Road Ahead: Status Quo or Will the IOC Tackle the Big Issues?
November 30, 2009 Université d’Ottawa Milena Parent Préparer et gérer les Jeux olympiques et paralympiques : le comité organisateur, son leadership et ses parties prenantes
December 1, 2009 Memorial University of Newfoundland LeAnne Petherick A Cultural Celebration of Inclusion? Gender Parody and Athletic Excellence on the Olympic Stage
December 3, 2009 Queen’s University Mary Louise Adams Why Don’t More Men Figure Skate? The Persistence of Gender Stereotypes in Sport
December 7, 2009 Université de Montréal Benoit Melancon French Literature and Language
December 7, 2009 Université du Québec à Montréal Sylvain Lefebvre Les Jeux olympiques d’hiver de Vancouver : Gestion des héritages et durabilité
December 8, 2009 University of Waterloo Whitney Lackenbauer The History of Canada’s Exercise of Sovereignty in the Arctic
December 10, 2009 University of Manitoba David Barber On Thin Ice: Prophetic Ramblings of an Arctic Climate Scientist
December 14, 2009 Université de Montréal Olivier Bauer Le Canadien de Montréal : une religion?
December 14, 2009 Université McGill Antonia Maioni Study of Canada
December 15, 2009 University of Prince Edward Island Joe Velaidum Attaining Spiritual Heights: The Meaning of Life and the Quest for Transparence
January 11, 2009 Université de Montréal Lise Gauvin La marche à pied : Bon pour la santé et la planète!
January 12, 2009 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined
January 18, 2009 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined
January 19, 2009 Carleton University James Meadowcroft Political Science
January 25, 2009 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined
January 26, 2009 University of Waterloo P. Whitney Lackenbauer History
February 1, 2009 Université de Montréal Paul Lewis Management
February 2, 2009 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined

Sport, Tourism and the Olympic Games

July 4, 2009

Call for Papers

Journal of Sport & Tourism

Special issue:  Sport, Tourism and the Olympic Games

Deadline for submission:  8 January 2010

Purpose of the special issue:

Every four years the gaze of the public around the world turns towards the Olympic Games and the level of media interest generated by the event provides opportunities for the host city to raise its profile as a tourist destination. This moment in the sun can be contrasted with ongoing investment associated with the bidding process, Games planning and legacy management. The complexity of economic, social, environmental and political dimensions has produced analyses and reports of research in journals across a number of disciplines and the relationship between tourism and the Olympic Games is gaining wider recognition.  The status of the Birds Nest stadium in Beijing as an important domestic tourist attraction and the detailed plans to monitor the tourism impact of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics are noteworthy but it is also timely to place these recent developments in a broader context.

This special issue seeks high quality papers that address any issue concerning the relationship between tourism and the Olympic Games. Papers can be conceptual or empirical and indicative topics include:
•    The Olympics and tourism demand
•    Adaptive practices of transportation systems and hospitality organisations during the Games
•    Leverage practices to influence the spatial and temporal impacts of the Games on tourism

Requests for further information and expressions of interest should be directed to the Guest Editor for this special issue, Professor Graham Brown.

Manuscripts should be sent electronically as an eMail attachment directly to .  All submissions will be subject to JS&T’s standard double-blind peer review process.  Authors should prepare manuscripts according to JS&T’s instructions for authors available on the journal webpages: http://www.tandf/journals/titles/14775085.asp

Special Issue Contact Details:

Graham Brown
School of Management,
University of South Australia

The International Olympic Committee and the Olympic System (2008, May)

May 14, 2008

The International Olympic Committee and the Olympic System
The governance of world sport
Series: Global Institutions
Jean-Loup Chappelet, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, Lausanne, Switzerland
This book provides, in a clear and readable form, an informative and fascinating account of the institutional history of the Olympics: its history, its organization and its actors.
Part of the popular Global Institutions series, this book is based on a forty year observation of the Olmpic Movement and contains information on the International Olympic Committee that has never been published before.
May 2008: 216×138: 224pp
Hb: 978-0-415-43167-5: £65.00
Pb: 978-0-415-43168-2: £14.99

International Society of Olympic Historians

May 13, 2008

The ISOH has recently started a blog: