The Olympic Studies Centre awards six new research grants
For the fourth edition of the Postgraduate Researchers Grant Programme, the Research Council of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has just awarded a series of grants to students engaged in research work on the Olympic Movement, its history and values, as well as the impact of the Olympic Games on different areas of contemporary society and culture.
This programme enables postgraduate students or university teachers who obtained their doctorate or masters during the previous five years to receive financial assistance covering the costs of their travel to and accommodation in Lausanne for a period of between one and three months. During this time, the grant holders can consult the IOC’s historical archives (correspondence and documents, photos and films), works in the library and the documentation held by the OSC, with the assistance of its archivists, documentalists and librarians.
This year, because of the high quality of the 31 files submitted from 20 countries, the Research Council decided to award six grants:
- Michael Cohen (Australia): The opening ceremony: performance dynamics of the cultural section 1980-2000
- Ann Eldridge (Great Britain): The use of classical symbolism in the revival of the Olympic Games 1896-1916
- Lei Fu (People’s Republic of China): Evaluation of the effects and procedure of the Olympic tourism impact to the hosting cities
- Andreas Niehaus (Germany): Jigoro Kano “Father of the Olympics”: the Olympic Movement and early modern Japanese history of sports
- Cesar Torres (Argentina): Latin America 1920’s “Olympic Explosion”: causes and
- Cornelia Stegner (Germany): Olympic villages. Urban phenomenon of the 20th century
The Research Council is composed of representatives of the Museum and OSC as well as personalities from the academic world internationally renowned for the quality of their research and publications on Olympic-related topics.
The grant programme for 2003 will get under way in January 2002.