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NOVEMBER 2016, NO 34


MOOC on “The Olympic Games and the Media”

Don’t miss the new edition of the course on the Olympic Games and the Media, available on the Coursera Platform.

The course analyses the intersection between the Olympic Games, traditional and new social media and how television helps to fund, shape and disseminate the biggest sporting spectacle in the world: the Olympic Games.

Launched by the Olympic Studies Centre of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, it reached over 10,000 students from 140 countries in the previous editions.

The course is delivered in English with subtitles in English and Spanish. LEARN MORE

Academic conferences in Brazil on the occasion of the Rio Games

During this summer, academics had several opportunities to attend conferences in Brazil organised on the occasion of the Rio Games.

Those who did not attend these events can find the abstracts of the 2nd International Coubertin Symposium.

The proceedings of the 13th International Symposium for Olympic Research will also be available soon via the LA84 Foundation. This biannual event of the International Centre for Olympic Studies at Western University in London, Ontario (Canada), was co-organised with the Centre for Olympic Studies at the Federal University of Espírito Santo, Vitória (Brazil). It focused on the theme The Future of the Olympic Event in the Age of the Mega-Spectacle. You will find here a first symposium report.

Finally, we’re happy to share with you a report on the Second International Colloquium of Olympic Studies and Research Centres. The event was held on 2 and 3 August, and hosted by the Olympic Studies Research Group at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul. Some 46 participants representing 20 Olympic Studies Centres from 18 countries took part. The event was a great opportunity to exchange information on the centres’ projects and activities. The participants reflected on new ways for strengthening the community of Olympic Studies Centres and developing new opportunities for collaboration. They agreed on a series of initiatives that will be developed during the next four years. The next colloquium is planned to be organized by the University of Tsukuba in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

Report on successful elite sports policies

Did you ever wonder why some countries win more medals than others? Or what makes an elite sports policy effective and efficient?

The report “Successful elite sport policies: An international comparison of the Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS)  in 15 nations” summarises the results of the SPLISS 2.0 project, which dealt with the strategic policy-planning process that underpins the development of successful national elite sports development systems.

SPLISS is coordinated by Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in joint collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, Victoria University and Universiteit Utrecht.

Citius, Altius, Fortius – An academic journal disseminating content in Spanish 

The online international journal Citius, Altius, Fortius, produced twice a year by the Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) of the Autonomous University of Madrid, publishes research results and essays on sport and physical activity from historical, social, educational and humanistic perspectives, with special emphasis on Olympism and the Olympic Movement.

Citius, Altius, Fortius helps to disseminate relevant documents and academic content of interest for historians, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, educators and professionals in the field of physical activity and sports sciences in Spanish.

In its latest edition, you will find in Spanish the speech by President Bach on the occasion of the adoption of the resolution “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal” at the UN General Assembly in October 2015.

If you want to know more about the journal or send a contribution, you can contact Eugenia Martínez Gorroño, Director of the OSC of the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Olimpísmo para jóvenes (Olympism for young people) 

Olimpísmo para jóvenes is the second edition of the book written by Conrado Durántez Corral, President of the Spanish Olympic Academy, and has been produced by the Marquis of Samaranch Olympic Chair at the University Camilo José Cela. The book is for all audiences and provides basic information about the ancient and modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin and the Olympic Movement.  It also offers a review of all the modern Summer and Winter Games and includes information about Spanish Olympic medallists. This book is now available for free from iTunes and iBooks, and can be found by looking by author or by title.

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