Monthly Archives : September 2011

Olympic education and the need to protect critique: Guest Post for @Podiumfor2012

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  Taken at the International Olympic Academy, Ancient Olympia Last week I was asked to write a guest blog post for Podium. Podium are the official link between the London 2012 Olympic Games and higher and further education institutions – and encourage and promote the Olympic movement through education. I was asked to write about my experience/thoughts on the International Olympic Academy (where I have…

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On being wrong.

The results of a group work project where the olympic charter was used to fulfill identity stereotypes. A mere 7.5 days to go until the end of the postgraduate session here at the International Olympic Academy. As we approach the home straight, a week of philosophy and ethical debate, we (the participants) are afforded the opportunity to to reflect on your experiences…

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New publication: Encyclopedia of Social Networks

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An entry on virtual worlds that I co-authored with my PhD supervisor Andy Miah for a Sage Reference book on social networking has now been published. At £225, I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to see it in ‘the flesh’ but at least it is in there. Reference: Jones, J. & Miah, A. (2011) Virtual Worlds, in Barnett, G. Encyclopedia of Social…

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Presentation at the International Olympic Academy: Harnessing the Twitter Olympics

If you’ve been following on twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been studying at the postgraduate session at the International Olympic Academy in Greece (near Ancient Olympia) since the start of September. Each week is based on a core set of themes (ancient history, sports management and sociology etc), with rotating visiting professors from differing background and related participant presentations (that…

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On not being an ambassador for the “it’s a cultural thing(tm)” thing.

I’ve not been having such a great time at Olympic school. This week should have really been my week – the topic of this week’s lectures are on the social, political and economic factors of the modern Olympic Games – and it is *technically* where my PhD topic should fit on the program. It is day 4. On the first…

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On not drinking the kool-aid… (or resisting olympic research)

The above passage is an extract from Helen Lenskyj’s excellent book “Resisting the Olympic Industry” which I finished a few months ago. Please read it – and I’ll elaborate why I’ve chosen to share it below. Lenskyj (2008) is a rare – but prominent critical voice of the Olympics. Both activist and academic, she can be seen talking (amongst others)…

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