Call for Participation | Power and Corruption: Sporting Mega-Events, International Sports Organisations and the Future of Sport | Mansfield College, Oxford, UK, Sept. 23, 2015

Karl Spracklen, workshop co-organizer.
Karl Spracklen, workshop co-organizer.

In September 2014, Inter-Disciplinary.Net’s Sport project held its first Olympics workshop. On Wednesday 23rd September 2015, the project will run a second Olympics workshop that extends the focus to writers, campaigners, practitioners and academics interested in discussing their work on sporting mega-events and international sports organisations more broadly. The explicitly inter-disciplinary scope of the workshop is primed to examine issues arising out of the Olympics and its relationship to the IOC, the World Cup and its relationship to FIFA and any sport event and organisation that operates a global, professional and commercial. We are interested in the Olympics and the IOC, the World Cup and FIFA, but also any sport events and organisations that operate on a global, professional, commercial scale.

The workshop is a space to share work, grapple with ideas and ask questions. Discussions will be driven by two key questions: how does power corrupt international sport and sports mega-events? And how can modern, international sport reform itself? In order to generate a lively, inter-disciplinary dialogue, we welcome the submission of proposals and expressions of interests from people who are working across the subject fields of history, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, leisure studies, ethics, theology, sports pedagogy, media studies, law, political studies and policy. We are especially keen to involve people involved in sports organisations, sports law, sport psychology, representatives of individual athletes, journalists and other professionals from outside academia, who can provide alternative voices and narratives. Submissions may deal with any aspect of:

  • The Professionalization and Commercialization of Sports Governance
  • The Globalization of Sports
  • The Politics of Sports Mega-Events
  • The Ethics of Sports Mega-Events

We invite expressions of interest for people thinking of attending and for them to send a statement of their interest and experience/expertise to the organising chairs by Friday 1st May 2015:

Karl Spraklen:
Rob Fisher:


The day will begin with registration between 8.30 am and 9.30am Tuesday 14th July 2015 and will be followed by a series of presentation sessions and workshops. Refreshments and a 2 course sit-down lunch will be provided. After the final workshop and summation of the days discussions and the event will end with a wine reception.

Registration Fee: £TBC. This Includes:

  • conference registration fee
  • discounted rate off any Inter-Disciplinary Press or Fisher Imprints publications
  • access to the conference project initiative support materials
  • morning coffee break with coffee, tea, fruit juice, fresh fruits, cakes
  • 2 course waiter served lunch
  • afternoon coffee break with coffee, tea, fruit juice, fresh fruits, cakes
  • Wine Reception

Workshop Leaders

For further details of the conference, please visit:

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

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