International Scholars' Symposium on Sports, Society, & Culture

Symposium's identity and key information

  • Organizers:  International Olympic Academy (IOA), CHS US, CHS Greece
  • 2020 Topic: Athletics, Education, and the Road to Olympia
  • Dates: December 5 & 6, 2020 (two days)
  • Location: Online
  • Open to: 38 undergraduate students (juniors and seniors), masters, and PhD candidates from departments in Greece, Cyprus, US and Canada
  • Program Faculty: Gregory Nagy (Harvard/CHS), Charles Stocking (University of Western Ontario/CHS), Stamatia Dova (Hellenic College Holy Cross/CHS), Maša Culumovic (CHS), Konstantinos Georgiadis (University of Peloponnese/IOA) and Daniel Durbin (University of Southern California)
  • Program Coordination: Christina Lafi (CHS Greece,, Marilena Katsadoraki (IOA,
  • Held: Annually (one-time online iteration)
  • Application deadlines: 
    • For departments in the US and Canada: January 15–April 1, 2020
    • For departments in Greece and Cyprus: January 15–March 5, 2020

About the symposium


Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC, in cooperation with the International Olympic Academy and with the support of Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, is organizing the 9th International Scholars' Symposium in the "Sports, Society, and Culture" series to be implemented online due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak. As in previous years, the Symposium will host scholars and bring together students and faculty from universities around the world.

As part of the international scholarly exchange on sports, society, and politics, the 2020 meeting of the IOA/CHS Symposium examines the multifaceted relationship between sports and pedagogy. Entitled "Athletics, Education, and the Road to Olympia," the 9th International Scholars' Symposium is designed to shed new light on ancient and modern discourses on education and sports within the broader context of the Olympics.


This year, the Symposium follows an asynchronous and synchronous template. On December 5, participants will have access to pre-recorded video lectures/short presentations given by the faculty/speakers on this year's topic. Presentations will be followed on December 6 by an online live session during which the students will be invited to ask questions and interact with the speakers reflecting on the themes of the presentations. The Symposium will end with all participants attending the closing session, where the outcomes of the discussion will be presented.

This is a non-fee-based event, and participants will receive certificates of attendance through email.


  • Saturday, December 5, 7:00am UTC/9:00am EET (Athens, Greece)/2:00am EST (Washington, DC, USA) until Sunday, December 6, 7:00am UTC/9:00am EET (Athens, Greece)/2:00am EST (Washington, DC, USA): 24-hour access to the video lectures/short presentations given by the faculty/speakers on this year's topic. Video accessible by link.
  • Sunday, December 6:
    • 5:00pm UTC/7:00pm EET (Athens, Greece)/12:00pm EST (Washington, DC, USA): Opening of the live session and Q&A discussion (1 and a half hours).
    • 6:30pm UTC/8:30pm EET (Athens, Greece)/1:30pm EST (Washington, DC, USA): Short break (30 minutes).
    • 7:00pm UTC/9:00pm EET (Athens, Greece)/2:00pm EST (Washington, DC, USA): Presentation of outcomes and closing of the live session (45 minutes).

Read the abstracts of the 2020 presentations.


Thirty-two junior and senior undergraduates, graduate/masters students and PhD candidates from departments that span the disciplines of Sport Sciences, Humanities and Political Sciences in the USA, Canada, Greece and Cyprus will participate in this iteration, also joined by the six CHS–IOA Pre-doc Fellows in Sport and Society, as part of the two institutions' one-time Pre-doc Fellowship in Sport and Society program.

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