This summer was full. I was the lucky UK representative at the International Olympic Academy, implant a one month seminar held in Olympia, more about Greece on Olympic topics ranging from the Ancient Olympics, bronchitis to ethics, human rights and marketing. I have particularly enjoyed the marketing and ethics presentations given by Dr Benoit Seguin and Dr Andy Miah (my supervisor) but I found the exploration of the Olympic’s Ancient past as presented by Dr Albanidis as being extremely informative and interesting.
I also delivered a paper there called “(New!) Media and the Olympic Movement” on the Olympic Movement’s relationship with traditional and emerging media since the revival of the Olympic Games. As far as I know, the paper will be published in the IOA proceedings next year. Taking into account that I presented the paper to a non-media specialized audience, I believe the presentation went quite well. Here’s a photo:
Also this summer, I have been part of a panel debate on the expectations and influence of new media at the Beijing Olympic Games. The debate was held during the 9th International Olympic Studies Symposium, in Beijing, just a couple of days before the Games started. The trip wouldn’t have been successful nor would my data gathering possible hadn’t I been the happy and lucky winner of a Universities China Committee in London grant. Thank you UCCL!