Symposium on Sports, Society, & Culture

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  • 2022 Topic: Olympia and the search for Identity: 11th International Scholars' Symposium on Sports, Society, & Culture in honor of the Ionian heritage
  • Dates: July 12-15, 2022
  • Location: International Olympic Academy (IOA) premises, Olympia, Greece
  • Organized by: CHS US, International Olympic Academy (IOA), CHS Greece
  • Open to: Undergraduate and postgraduate (masters and PhD) students from a list of eligible departments in Greece and Cyprus (up to 40 participants)
  • Application Period: March 15-May 18, 2022
  • Language: English
  • Academic Coordination: Stamatia Dova (Hellenic College Holy Cross & CHS) and Charles Stocking (University of Western Ontario & CHS) as academic coordinators, and Susan Stephens (Stanford University), Onno van Nijf (University of Groningen), Peter J. Miller (University of Winnipeg), and Maša Ćulumović (CHS) as speakers
  • Activity Administration: Marilena Katsadoraki (IOA,, Christina Lafi (CHS Greece), Christos Giannopoulos (CHS Greece)

About the Symposium


Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC, the International Olympic Academy, and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, Harvard University, introduce the 2022 International Scholars' Symposium in the "Sports, Society, & Culture" series to be conducted in Olympia, if conditions permit. Building on comparative aspects of earlier themes in the series, the topic of the 2022 Symposium is "Olympia and the search for Identity": 11th International Scholars' Symposium in honor of the Ionian heritage.

The Symposium will be held between 12-15 of July in the recently renovated premises of the IOA in Olympia, bringing together scholars from around the world and students from Greece and Cyprus in plenary and breakout sessions designed to generate stimulating discussions and examine the multifaceted relationship between athletics and the search for identity from ancient to modern times. What does participation in the Olympic games signify? How did the ancients define their identity through the Olympic games and how is identity approached and acknowledged in modern day Olympics?


In addition to lectures, the Symposium places emphasis on the blended learning approach. Presentations will be followed by workshops/breakout sessions during which the students will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the themes of the presentations in small groups. The Symposium will conclude with a closing session, where the outcomes of the discussion will be presented.


The academic committee and the organizers of the Symposium, taking into account the difficulties of the current period, announce that the application process for the Symposium will be extended until Wednesday, May 18, 2022 midnight (Eastern European Time).

This activity is open to up to forty undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters and PhD) students from a list of specific eligible departments that span the disciplines of Sport Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences in Greece and Cyprus.

Read the list of all eligible departments for participation in the Symposium.

The organizers of the activity are closely monitoring COVID-19 developments, including health and safety regulations from the authorities, evolving public health situation, related travel and other restrictions, as well as guidelines from their respective institutions. Although organizers are planning this activity on-site (Olympia, Greece), Symposium format may change to virtual (held via Zoom), depending on evolving health and safety considerations.

In order to comply with the current measures and guidelines for the protection of public health and prevent the spread of Covid-19, all participants must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 15 calendar days before July 12, 2022, or have valid certification of recovery from Covid-19 and a negative laboratory rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours before the trip to Olympia.

The International Olympic Academy will facilitate the transportation of the participants by bus from Athens to Olympia (July 12) and back to Athens (July 15).
Accommodation (single rooms) and meals (breakfast, lunch) on the IOA premises will also be offered by the International Olympic Academy.
The Organizers do not cover airfare and other incidental expenses associated with the presence and participation in the Symposium, beyond those described above.
Details about transportation and accommodation will be shared with the participants in due time.

The organizers will remain in contact with the applicants and participants of this activity and will communicate any changes as early as possible.
This is a non-fee-based activity, and participants will be given certificates of attendance during the closing session of the Symposium.

See the full program of the Symposium as well as the abstracts of the presentations.

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Previous iterations of the Symposium on Sports, Society, & Culture

2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015