11 - 14 July 2023
Application deadline: 21 May 2023
IOA, Campus
Host: IOA


Deadline extension: May 21

Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC (CHS) & Greece (CHS Greece), the International Olympic Academy (IOA), and the Region of Western Greece co-organize the 2023 Symposium in the "Sports, Society, and Culture" series. The Symposium will be held between 11-14 of July in the recently renovated premises of the IOA in Olympia.

Topic & description

Building on comparative aspects of earlier themes in the series, the topic of the 2023 Symposium is "Female Athletes, Women's Sport, and the Olympic Experience." 

The Symposium will bring together scholars from around the world and up to forty (40) students from Greece and Cyprus in plenary and breakout sessions designed to examine the cultural poetics of women's sports in classical antiquity in the modern era.

See the detailed program of the symposium and abstracts of presentations.


11 - 14 JULY 2023

Academic Coordination

Professors Charles Stocking (University of Western Ontario & CHS), Stamatia Dova (Hellenic College Holy Cross & CHS), Heather Reid (Exedra Mediterranean Center), Efimia Karakantza (University of Patras), and Angela Schneider (University of Western Ontario), as speakers.


Organization and logistics

This is a non-fee-based activity, and participants will be given certificates of attendance during the Symposium's closing session.

Provisions: Transportation by bus from Athens to Olympia on July 11 and from Olympia to Athens on July 14 (with intermediate stops at Patras); accommodation (double rooms) and meals (breakfast, lunch) on the IOA premises.

The Organizers do not cover airfare and other incidental expenses associated with the presence and participation in the symposium beyond those described above.


This activity is open to up to forty (40) undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters and Ph.D.) students from a list of specific eligible departments spanning the disciplines of Sport Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences in Greece and Cyprus.

Applications (https://forms-greece.chs.harvard.edu/sports-society-symposium-application/)

will remain open between Monday, April 3, and Sunday, May 21, 2023 (23:59 Eastern European Time).

References must be submitted by Wednesday, May 24, 2023 (23:59 Eastern European Time)

The selection process will conclude by June 10, and selected participants will receive acceptance messages via email, along with instructions regarding confirming their participation and submitting related forms.

Organizers will contact applicants and participants of this activity and let you know about any changes as early as possible.


Contact Information

For more information, the Symposium's program, and the application, please visit the Symposium website (https://greece.chs.harvard.edu/events-conferences/sports-society-symposium) and contact:

IOA Sessions' Coordinator

Ms Marilena Katsadoraki

Email: m.katsadoraki@ioa.org.gr

Phone: (+30) 210 6878810

Type: Event
Self enrolment (Participant)
Self enrolment (Participant)