Mega-Events

  • Photo: NOlympicsLA.com/Flickr
    By Gregory Andranovich, Matthew Burbank
    07.11.2018 /
    American cities have not had much tradition for anti-Olympic movements in spite of a series of Olympic bids in recent years. This might be changing, writes Greg Andranovich and Matthew J. Burbank in this article that analyses the current anti-Olympic movement in Los Angeles, which is based on public awareness and social justice.
  • Photo: Sybille Bauriedl
    By Anne Vogelpohl, Sybille Bauriedl
    24.10.2018 /
    Through an evaluation of Hamburg’s referendum for the 2024 Games, this third article in a series about civil society, contestation, and the Games examines the role of citizen participation and discusses some of the reasons why the NOlympia campaign gained so much resonance in the city and outside Germany.
  • Photo: Vladimir Varfolomeev/Flickr
    By Sven Daniel Wolfe
    08.10.2018 /
    This second article in our series on civic contestation of mega-events looks to Russia and the protests that have played out here in spite of the efforts by authorities to stifle and suppress popular resistance.
  • Photo: Grüne Fraktion Bayern/Flickr
    By Dennis Pauschinger, John Lauermann
    08.10.2018 /
    In this first introductory article, Dennis Pauschinger from the University of Neuchâtel and John Lauermann from the City University of New York discuss similarities and differences of the various movements that have arisen and discuss whether it is a global movement, or rather a locally founded ‘globalised way of protesting the World Cup and the Olympics’.
  • Photo: jbdoane/Flickr
    07.09.2018 /
    After agreements between workers’ rights organisations and Qatar a new law has been introduced that will strengthen migrant workers’ rights in Qatar. Critics claim that effective changes are yet to be seen and question Qatar’s will to change.
  • Photo: Vladimir Varfolomeev/Flickr
    03.08.2018 /
    Analysis: The recent World Cup in football was named “the best ever” by the FIFA President. But from an economic point of view, its legacy is questionable. The investments surpassing 25 billion USD may turn out to be highly disproportionate to the benefits. Economist Matthias Fett looks at the numbers.
  • Photo: Lulu di Mello
    By Jorge Knijnik
    09.07.2018 /
    After four years of the ‘best World Cup ever’, Brazil’s World Cup legacy is taking shape – and it doesn’t look pretty for the lovers of the once iconic ‘jogo bonito'. Jorge Knijnik looks into the cultural, political and sporting impact of the 2014 event on the people of Brazil.
  • Photo: Adam Groffman/Flickr
    22.06.2018 /
    An independent Centre for Sport and Human Rights will be launched this month by the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights (MSE Platform).

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