Tuesday, 15 July 2014

SSTO leads showpiece football conference

SSTO academics are set to lead a prestigious International Football Conference at the University of Oxford.

The event, partly sponsored by UCLan, has been organised by the SSTO's Professor Boria Majumdar (left) in conjunction with academic publishers Taylor and Francis.

Entitled 'FIFA World Cup and the Nation: Culture, Politics, Identity', Professor John Hughson, Director of the school's International Football Institute, will lead a plenary session on day two of the event, which also features a number of leading figures from the world of Football Culture.

Keynote speakers include award winning journalist and author Mihir Bose. In addition to writing a weekly "Big Sports Interview" for the London Evening Standard, he also writes and broadcasts on social and historical issues as well as sport for a range of outlets including the BBC, the Financial Times and the Independent.

Dr John Minten, Dean of UCLan’s School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors commented: "Following on from what has been called the ‘Best World Cup Ever’ there are a host of important issues that have emerged, in just about all aspects of football culture, politics and identity. This event will bring together highly renowned academics and practitioners in what will be an extremely interesting conference."

The event takes place at the The University Club, Oxford, on 23-24 July. For further information please click here.

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