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Cultural Trends Special Edition on the Cultural Olympiad: London 2012

Call for Papers

By the time of the 2012 Olympic Games in London it will be exactly 100 years since the Games hosted its first official cultural programme, now recognized as Cultural Olympiad. It has evolved from a little known historical requirement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) into an ambitious programme of activities for the host nation, expected to expand the creative impact and legacy of the Games. Therefore, special edition of the Cultural Trends Journal, edited by Beatriz Garcia, University of Liverpool, will be entitled Establishing an Evidence Base for the Cultural Olympiad: London 2012. This special edition of the Cultural Trends Journal will look into the experience of planning for, delivering and capturing the impacts of a Cultural Olympiad. The main focus will be put on the interrogation of methodological challenges as well as on emerging evidence about the four-year journey towards London 2012, starting with the handover from Beijing in 2008. Analyses of evidence or theoretical frameworks from previous Cultural Olympiads that can inform London's framework are also invited.

Specific areas that will be covered in the special edition include:

  • framing the cultural Olympiad as an object of study impact on methodologies for assessment and data collection priorities;
  • discussion on specific areas of evidence / impact assessment (economic, social, environmental or cultural impacts); and
  • transferring knowledge: how to extract lessons that can inform future Olympic hosts - from London to Rio, and how to make the most of the lessons from previous Games.

Interested authors are invited to submit papers, no later than 27 January 2012 to Sara Selwood at sara@saraselwood.co.uk

More information about Cultural Trends is available at www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09548963.asp

Contact: Dr Beatriz Garcia, Head of Research, Cultural Policy and Impact, Institute of Cultural Capital, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool, Eleanor Rathbone Building, Liverpool L69 7ZA, United Kingdom; e-mail: Beatriz.Garcia@liverpool.ac.uk; www.beatrizgarcia.net