This round-table will reflect on the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016, from multidisciplinary perspectives.
The participants will be taking part in an academic workshop beforehand, from 2pm-5pm, and all will be welcome. If you would like to attend this free workshop, please emails firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants will discuss questions including:
- To what extent were viewers’ experiences of Rio, and of the Games, shaped by traditional and non-traditional media?
- In what ways have urban environments been reshaped by the infrastructure interventions of this mega-event?
- How did Rio 2016 differ from previous sporting mega-events in Latin America and elsewhere?
- Can history help us to understand the possible legacies of Rio 2016 in geographical, economic and cultural terms?
- David Goldblatt, author of The Olympics: A Global History (2016)
- Juliana Barbasa, Associated Press correspondent in Rio de Janeiro, author of Dancing with the Devil in the City of God : Rio de Janeiro on the Brink (2016)
- Christopher Gaffney (Zurich University), author of Temples of the Earthbound Gods: Stadiums in the Cultural Landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires (2008)
- Anthony Pereira of the KCL Brazil Institute