DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 8: Conference: London, Rio, Tokyo Symposium

London, Rio, Tokyo Olympics Symposium 8-10th June 2017 Goldsmiths, University of London


London, Rio, Tokyo Olympics

Symposium will explore the changes accompanying the 2012 London Olympics, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The meeting will focus on existing research and interventions concerning the ways that global events have been accompanied by urban transformations and new forms of social (dis)advantage and exclusions, in different urban/nation-state contexts. What does the future hold for existing Olympic Cities? Are there ways of holding mega events which bring genuine benefits to cities and their citizens? How might the promises of ‘legacy’ be realised in more open and democratic ways?

London, Rio, Tokyo Olympics is a three-day event with:

(Day 01 – 08/06) Welcome reception’ Film and documentary screenings; Photography exhibition

(Day 02 – 09/06) Academic presentations in plenary sessions; London Olympic site walking tour

(Day 03 – 10/06) Additional Open Workshops Confirmed Speakers Include: Gabriel de Santis Feltran (UFscar and Centro de Estudos da Metrópole/Brazil); Phil Cohen (Living Maps and University of East London) ; Shunya Yoshimi (University of Tokyo) Yoshitaka Mouri (Tokyo University of the Arts); Paul Watt (Birkbeck); Rafucko (Brazilian activist-comedian). Participation is free of charge and you can register yourself here

In addition, we also invite participants (who wish to do so) to deliver a presentation or organise a panel session in our Workshop and Network Sessions (Day 03)

Call for Papers & Sessions – Workshop and Network Sessions (Day 03 – 10/06)

Day 3 will provide a variety of different session formats, including: workshops; panels; round-tables; screenings; art and photography; poster sessions We invite participants to deliver a presentation in one of the below topics. We also welcome offers to organise sessions. Whereas the focus on the Day 2 is on the impact of the Olympics on the city, in Day 3 there is a much broader focus on multiple aspects of the Olympics. Here we think of a range of topics such as: – Body enhancements – diet, drugs, performance, training regimes – The Olympics and Paralympics – ability/disability, eligibility and qualification – Technologies – measurement, metrics, recording – The cultural programme – performance arts, art, music and food – Olympic architecture and spatial design – Olympic promotion – branding, image and presentation – Staging the games – planning and exhibiting mega-events and spectacles – Archiving the games – records, recording and memory – Urban impact – infrastructure, transport, housing, public space – Displacements – urban cleansing and exclusion – Whose games? – access, wealth and the new inequalities – Olympic economies – formal, informal and illegal employment – Olympics finance, accounting and the balance sheet – Olympic ecologies and sustainability – Sporting INGOs (international non-governmental organizations) and their global impact – Legacies and evaluation We invite those interested to submit the following information: (1) Title of your proposed presentation or session you would like to organise; (2) short abstract of up to 150 words; (3) short bio with your affiliation and contact details.

Please send this information by email to:

Application deadline: MAY 8

Notify successful candidates: May 15th


More details can be found at the event’s pages:

Supporting Institutions: 

Centre for Urban and Community Research; Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship; Asia Centre; Goldsmiths, University of London

Collaborating Institutions:

The University of Tokyo, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Global Arts, Department of Arts Studies and Curatorial Practices