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The 2019 International Conference of Sport History and Culture

The Olympics and the Asian Century

Abstract Deadline: 15 April 2019
Full Paper Deadline: 15 March 2020

Organisers: IJHS Asia; Zhejiang Normal University; Bangor University; Asian Alliance for Sport History and Culture

Sponsor: Zhejiang Normal University

Venue: Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, China

Time: 19-21 October 2019

The International Journal of the History of Sport

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Language: en-US

Publisher: Routledge

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The International Conference of Sport History and Culture was initiated in 2015 by the International Journal of  the History of Sport and Jiangxi Normal University, China and Bangor University, UK, and has become an annual event since then. The subsequent editions of the International Conference have taken place at Shanghai Sport University in 2016, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu in 2017; and at Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an in 2018. The fifth edition will take place at Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua in 2019.  

The theme of the conference in October 2019 will focus on the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games in Asia in the context of the rise of Asia and its influence in sport. This theme will examine the history and evolution of the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games in the global context; discuss the core concepts and the government and governance of the Olympic Movement and the Games in the context of Asia; analyse the relationship between the Olympics and politics, nationalism, economy, education and cultures with special reference to Asia; and critically review the Olympics and the challenges the Olympic Movement and the Games are facing in the future.

The following research topics and research areas will be welcomed at the conference:

  • Definition of core concepts of the Olympic Movement and the Games;
  • The Olympics and the ‘Asian Century’;
  • The history of the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games in Asia;
  • The government and governance of the Olympic Games in Asian countries;
  • Case study analyses of the summer and winter Games in Asia, such as: 1962 Tokyo Summer Olympics; 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics; 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics; 1992 Albertville Winter Games; 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics; Post-Beijing Games; 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics; 2022 Beijing Winter Games; the Paralympics;
  • Olympic heroes and heroines in Asia;
  • Comparative analyses of the Olympics from the perspectives of the West and East;
  • The relationship between the Olympics and politics, diplomacy, nationalism, gender, race, ethnicity, youth, economy, education and culture in Asia;
  • The developments and challenges of the Olympic Movement and the Olympics in Asia.
  • And other related topics and areas relating to sport in the 21st century, ‘the Asian century’.

How to submit an abstract

Participants are request to submit their abstract in either English (no more than 100 English characters with space) or Chinese (no more than 100 Chinese characters with space) or (where possible) in both languages. The abstract should include the name of the author (s); the title of the paper and the text.

Participants should send their abstract to Dr Guan Zhixun, Zhejiang Normal University. 

The deadline of the abstract submission is 15 April 2019.

The deadline of the full paper is 15 March 2020.

The preparation of the full paper will be followed after the conference. A special workshop and writing camp will be organised to assist potential authors to develop their papers for future publication.