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Sport & Neutrality Symposium in Lillehammer – October 26 and 27, 2023


The Lillehammer Olympic and Paralympic Studies Center (LOSC) invites academics, PhD candidates, and others interested in current debates in sport to a public symposium on Sport & Neutrality. The symposium will take place on 26 and 27 October 2023 at the Lillehammer campus of the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. More information can be found on the event

Registration is now open.

Twelve invited scholars will engage with current issues around sport, morality, and human rights to assess whether stakeholders in sport can and should remain neutral in political questions. A session in legal issues is organized in collaboration with the annual conference of the International Sports Law Journal. The second day will focus on the role of sport science as a “neutral” academic field, since it appears to become increasingly dependent on sport organizations for funding, access to documentation, and publisher of research results. Speakers include Verner Møller (Aarhus University), Sigmund Loland (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences) and Mark James (Manchester Metropolitan University).

We particularly encourage the participation of early-career researchers, such as PhD candidates and postdoc researchers. A workshop for PhD candidates will be organized at the Norwegian Olympic Museum in Lillehammer on 25 October 2023 that will allow for the presentation of research projects and networking. Please see the section “Pre-Symposium Workshop for PhD Students” for more information.

The conference results will be published in the International Journal of Sport & Society at the end of 2024. Contributions from registered symposium participants and PhD workshop participants will also be considered for publication in the special issue.

For more information on the event, contact Jörg Krieger

jorg.krieger [at]

or Yuliya Chernykh

yuliya.chernykh [at]

Please pass this invitation on to colleagues that may find this symposium interesting. Welcome!