Questions of sport
27 March 2008
In the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, UCL is jointly organising an interdisciplinary conference taking an academic look at the history of the Games.
'Sports, Medicine and Immortality: From Ancient China to the World Wide Web' will see leading historians, medics and sociologists explore some of the physiological and spiritual aspects of sport through the ages, showing their impact on our current understanding and experience of health and wellbeing. There will also be discussion of how to maximise the cultural, health, wellbeing and regeneration legacies of the London Olympics in 2012.
Keynote speakers include Dr Jan Stuart of the British Museum, Professor Susan Brownell of the University of Missouri, Dr Karen Lock of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Mike Brace, chairman of the British Paralympic Association and a governor of the University of East London (UEL). Dr Vivienne Lo (Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL), a co-convener of the event, will be speaking on 'Animating the Body: Sense and Sensuality in Early China'.
The event, organised by UEL in partnership with the British Museum and the Wellcome Centre for History of Medicine at UCL, takes place at the British Museum and Queen Mary, University of London, on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 March.
To find out more, follow the links at the top of this item.