SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Sport Diplomacy: State of the Field 2012-2018 and beyond

J Simon Rofe

Date: 16 October 2018Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 16 October 2018Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4429

Type of Event: Seminar

Speaker : Dr J Simon Rofe

Simon will discuss his recently published book: 'Sport and Diplomacy: Games within Games', (Manchester: Manchester University Press / USA Oxford University Press 2018) as the culmination of the first phase of research in Sport and Diplomacy spanning the years 2012-2018. The book critically enhances the appreciation of sport and diplomacy in global affairs from the perspective of both practitioners and scholars. It draws on a range of scholarship across the fields of history, politics, sociology and international relations, exploring linkages across these fields in relation to soft power and public diplomacy. The volume includes a contribution from esteemed FIFA scholar Professor Alan Tomlinson which addresses diplomacy within the world’s global game of association football, alongside studies on the rise of mega sport events as sites of diplomacy, new consideration of Chinese ping-pong diplomacy prior to the 1970s and the importance of boycotts in sport – particularly in relation to newly explored dimensions of the boycotts of the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games. The place of non-state actors is explored throughout; whether individual or institutions they perform a crucial role as conduits for the transactions of sport and diplomacy. Based on twentieth and twenty-first century evidence, the book acknowledges the antecedents from the ancient Olympics to the contemporary era and in its conclusions offers avenues for further study based on the future sport and diplomacy relationship. The book has strong international basis covering a broad range of countries, their diplomatic relationship with sport and is written by a truly transnational cast of authors.

Dr J Simon Rofe is Reader in International and Diplomatic Studies. 

Organiser: CISD

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