Global Games, Global Goals



Locating America in the Cultural, Social, and Political Realms of Sports

American Studies Leipzig, Germany
Annual MA-Level Graduate Student Conference
Leipzig, March 30-31, 2012

The MA-level graduate conference “Global Games, Global Goals: Locating America in the Cultural, Social, and Political Realms of Sports” explored different notions of sports in a forum integrating students and professionals. Since sports touches upon many aspects of life such as politics, media, popular culture, history, and health, it offers a myriad of possible research foci. In fact, American sports and sport lifestyle(s) influence cultures around the world while simultaneously being subject to influences from other cultures as well. The study of sports within an American context is thus not limited to the national level: Sports organizations, sports gear enterprises, and athletes of all possible types operate internationally, making the topic of sports highly relevant on a global scale.

With the third annual American Studies Leipzig MA-level graduate conference, “Global Games, Global Goals,” we investigated the cultural, social, and political realms of sports in an interdisciplinary framework.

For more information and pictures, please also see the ASL news item about the conference. For the complete Call for Proposals and the conference poster please see the attached documents below.

We would like to thank all presenters and guests for making the 2012 conference a success! Special thanks go to our sponsors: the Consulate General of the United States in Leipzig, the German American Chamber of Commerce California, and Bell Flavors&Fragrances.

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