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11 Jan 2013
Olympic Studies Centre , IOC News

Olympic Studies Centre awards 2013 Academic Research Grants

In the framework of its Postgraduate Research Grant Programme, the IOC Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has chosen nine research projects for their academic quality and for their potential for developing the Olympic Movement.

The 2013 winners

The chosen academics will benefit from a grant which will allow them to carry out their research project and if relevant, to consult the OSC’s resources in Lausanne (unique collections of more than one million archived documents, publications, official reports, photos and film archival material). The results of their research should be published at the end of the year.

The nine candidates/research teams selected and their chosen projects are:

-  Mariadele Di Blasio (Università di Bologna, Forlì Campus, Italy) and Francesco Davide Ragno (Università di Bologna, Buenos Aires Campus, Argentina): “Which Americas? Ideas, political culture and rituals in the Pan-American Games’ design”.

- John Lauermann (Clark University, USA): ”The impact of Olympic Games bidding on sustainable development projects in candidate cities”.

- Carol Marmor (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany): “The 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow, Tallinn and Kiev, its organization, function and legacies”.

- Douglas McLaughlin (California State University Northridge, USA): “Olympism as foundation for meaningful legacy: Philosophical and historical implications for Olympic governance”.

- Caitlin Pentifallo (University of British Columbia, Canada): ”An integrative approach to indicator-based impact assessment: The Olympic Games Impact Study and its potential for change”.

- Lindsay Pieper (Lynchburg College, USA): ”To show that they were not half men: Sex testing in the Olympic Games, 1968-2000”.

- Tshepang Tshube (Michigan State University, USA): ”Entourage role on development and termination of an athletic career: A process not an event”.

- Nicolien Van Luijk (University of British Columbia, Canada): “A historical and current examination of the IOC and UN partnership”.

- Valerie Angelika Viehoff (University of East London, United Kingdom) and Holger Kretschmer (University of Cologne, Germany): “Creating urban legacies: Similar concepts in different times? A comparative study of Munich 1972 and London 2012”.

41 applications from 25 countries

This year, 41 candidature files were submitted from 25 countries, addressing a variety of themes concerning mainly the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games, the athletes and the activities, history, cultural and educational aspects of the Olympic Movement.

Who chooses?

The winners were selected by a committee comprising academic experts renowned for the quality of their research linked to Olympism and/or their involvement in Olympic studies. The selection committee for the 2013 edition of the programme comprised the following members: Gudrun Doll-Tepper (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany), Beatriz García (University of Liverpool, Great Britain), Ian Henry (Loughborough University, Great Britain), Bruce Kidd (University of Toronto, Canada), Françoise Papa (Université Stendhal Grenoble 3, France), Cesar Torres (State University of New York, United States), Thierry Zintz (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium) as well as OSC representatives.

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