In late 2014 when Oslo withdrew its bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, only Almaty and Beijing remained in the competition for the global mega event, with the host to be decided in July. According to Brownell, Western media and commentators have called this a crisis for the Olympic Games and perhaps for Western liberal democracies as a whole. The Western media often argue that major sporting events can now be hosted only by "dictatorships" while democracies are too constrained by public opposition to the huge costs.
Susan Brownell is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and was an academic expert working with the organizers of the Beijing Olympic Games and Shanghai World Expo. In her presentation she will argue that the perception of the costs of Olympic Games should be put into the proper context, and that Asia is just joining a world system that the West still dominates – for now. According to Brownell, the most recent investigations against FIFA officials represent an attempt by the Western powers to regain some control over world sports.
Time and Location
- Monday, June 1, 2015, 4 – 6 p.m.
- Freie Universität Berlin, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, Room K25/11,14195 Berlin; subway station: Dahlem-Dorf or Thielplatz (U3)