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Documenting the Beijing Olympics

Friday, September 12, 2008 (All day) to Saturday, September 13, 2008 (All day)

Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, Thornhaugh Street, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG

Speakers: To be confirmed


Taking place within weeks of the Olympics, this conference aims to bring together academics, film-makers and writers from all over the world to have one of the most immediate discussions about the 2008 Olympics. It will also attempt to locate the Beijing Games within Olympic history and to explore the challenges that lie ahead for the movement before the Games move to London in 2012.

The focus will be on the processes of documenting the Beijing Olympics – ranging from the visual (television and film), to radio and the written word – and the meanings generated by such representations: What were the ‘key’ stories and how were they chosen?, What was dramatised? Who were the heroes?, Did politics take a backseat or was the topic highlighted repeatedly?


The proceedings of the conference will be published as a special issue of Sport in Society (Routledge)

and subsequently as a book called Sport in the Global Society.


Contact: The event is free. To register contact Jane Savory on js64@soas.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)20 7898 4892. Click here for more information.