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SEMINAR | From London to Rio: Human Rights and the Global Politics of the Olympic Games



Start Date

10th Aug 2016 12:00pm

End Date

10th Aug 2016 1:00pm

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An Institute for the Study of Social Change and School of Social Sciences seminar

presented by

Professor Catherine Palmer, University of Tasmania

This seminar addresses the intersections between sport and human rights as they are played out in arguably the world's largest global, sporting mega-event: the Olympic Games and Paralympics. Through the case studies of the, the 2012 London Olympics, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, I will sketch out the global politics of the Olympic Games, and pose some questions for human rights more broadly. Through this, I explore the potential, pitfalls and paradoxes for social analyses of sport that are committed to 'public intellectualism' and a democratic sociology of sport.

Professor Catherine Palmer is Head of the School of Sciences at the University of Tasmania. Catherine's research includes sport and philanthropy, sport and alcohol, social inequalities and sport, risk and sport and, major sports tourism events such as the Tour de France. Catherine has worked with the United Nations on their Sport for Development and Peace Programme, the London Olympic Development Authority on women's safety at the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics, and the South Australian National Football League on alcohol policy in Australian sport.

Wednesday 10 August 2016, 12.00pm to 1.00pm

Room 346 Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

For more information please contact Dr Louise Grimmer

All welcome.

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