- Date and Time
- 7th December 2022, 17:30 - 18:30
- Room 0.17 Stewart Mason Building, Loughborough University
- The event has passed
This public lecture was delivered by Professor Alan Bairner, Professor of Sport and Social Theory in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, on Wednesday 7th December at 5:30pm. Timed to coincide with the FIFA Men’s World Cup, taking place in Qatar this year, the talk discussed the history and expansion of the tournament with a particular focus on international rivalries and global politics. The talk also touched on other countries that will not be in Qatar and the implications of failing to qualify. These issues were examined in relation to George Orwell’s assertion that international sporting competitions can best be described as ‘mimic warfare’.
|Alan Bairner is Professor of Sport and Social Theory in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. His main research interest is in the relationship between sport and politics with a particular focus on sport, nations, and national identities. Recent publications include two co-edited collections (Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics, 2017 and Sport and Secessionism, 2021).|
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