03 July 2012
The conference will examine the impact of major international sporting events on host cities
The impact of major international sporting events on host cities will be one of many subjects discussed at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) this summer as the world’s leading sports sociologists gather for an international conference.
Only a few days before the Olympic opening ceremony is held, more than 200 delegates from around 40 different countries will visit Glasgow for the International Sociology of Sport Association World Congress which runs from July 16 to July 18.
Under a ‘challenging boundaries’ theme, sessions will examine the long-term impact of major international sporting events on host cities and the role sport plays in addressing social inequalities.
Additional presentations made by GCU academics will look at the childhood memories of professional football players who have grown up in Scotland, an analysis of sedentary behaviour, a focus on the economy of the football industry and a study of the role sports science internships play in professional football.
A special session will be held to discuss Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth legacy. The event will finish with a gala dinner held at Celtic Park on July 18.
GCU’s Professor Hugh O’Donnell, an expert in the cultural analysis of sporting events and a member of the event’s local organising committee, said: “Sport is always ‘more than a game’ – it is a social phenomenon which brings together and divides, entertains and arouses passions, is simultaneously cosmopolitan and reinforces national exclusiveness; it questions and reproduces gender identities.
“This major event recognises Glasgow Caledonian University’s reputation as a centre of world-leading research in sport, and will bring internationally renowned figures in the field to Scotland.”
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