Foundation Symposium – Global Issues and Sports

Foundation Symposium – Global Issues and Sports (22 October 2021)


The Tokyo Olympics in July and August this year highlighted how sport and politics mix, with issues around issues such as race, gender and nationalism – and of course the controversy about the role of sport at a time of a huge public health crisis.  

This one-day symposium will analyse how sport interacts with issues of global politics. An international group of academics and practitioners will examine questions of climate change and greenwashing in sports, of sports and human rights, of sports and globalisation, and other topics. 

The keynote speaker is Miguel Delaney, chief football writer at The Independent, who will be speaking on the subject of “FIFA, UEFA and the future of football”. The event will also be used to officially launch SPRING, the Sport and Politics Research International Network Group, a new research forum on sport and politics around the world.  

You can see the full programme here below. The event is being held in hybrid form, with some speakers live in Lille and others presenting online. If you are interested in attending, either online or in person, please fill in the registration form here below. Please remember that if you attend on campus, you must be fully compliant with health protocols – “passes sanitaires” / “border passes” will be checked at the entrance.