Call to Communication

International congress, first call to communication

The Olympics:

A mirror and an indicator for changing societies !

« Fundamental position of the body as a mediator for the being, space and times as categories of past experiences, features that constitutes our relationships to others, the search for a constant striving, the creation of values, a free project, a constant resurgence of failure… : aren’t all these existential questions, in a certain way, illustrated by the human phenomenon we like to call « sport » ? « (M.Bouet, The Meaning of Sport, 2005).

The next congress of the Pierre de Coubertin French Committee will be held from October 16th to October 19, 2019 at ILEPS, University of Paris-Seine, Cergy (Val d’Oise). This Congress is supported by the International Committee Pierre de Coubertin and gives the opportunity to the Pierre de Coubertin French Committee to develop its actions in favor of intercultural and universal dimensions of the Olympics values. Focusing on the ways in which these influences and are influenced by evolving cultural norms, in 2019, we will try to identify the future prospects of theOlympic Movement of a city, Tokyo, at two different periods: the year 1964 and the year 2020. Moreover, the location of the congress in Cergy in the Val d’Oise will also be the opportunity to take an interest in how this department positions itself as a « back base » putting at the service of the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024. It will also be the opportunity to identify the multiple challenges facing the Île-de-France region tonew challenges and new issues.

The title proposed for this conference reflects a questioning that echoes the orientations of the Olympic Movement and the changes taking place in multicultural societies, themselves moving. A symphonic dimension will be given to this echo around a central question:

Does the Olympic Movement reflect off changing societies


is this a sting to them?

The sporting body in motion and the sporting heritage in movement will be two banks from which will be formed answers to three questions:

– In what ways do social organizations with sporting objects « benefit » from organizing large-scale sporting events associated with the Olympic Movement?

– In what ways do the new forms of media coverage of large-scale sports shows associated with the Olympic Movement « promote » the emergence of new social organizations for sporting objects?

– In what ways do the territories that serve as a « rear base » for the organization of major sporting events associated with the Olympic Movement are an opportunity to develop new relationships between the cultural fields of sport, education, sport and health?

Hosting an edition of the Olympic Games is a historic moment and a founding moment when new forms of economic, cultural, educational and media visibility emerge. This emergence is witness to an important heritage event that can change the urban, rural and urban faces of a territory. Maintaining the Olympic flame goes through the recognition of what constitutes the real impacts of this event on a body ecology and a territorial ecology: economic, societal, environmental, urban, human impacts …

The Olympic Movement is an opportunity for territories to become places of paradoxical heritage that allow people to conceive that a sporting life is worth living when all the facets of the Olympic phenomenon are taken into account. Then, a culture of brotherhood can be part of a recognition of what constitutes the dimensions of sportsmanship. Thus, within sports practice, there is a disposition to look and listen to the functioning of the global world within oneself.

« What must be said finally and recalled tirelessly is that beyond the means which, they are necessarily always relative, there are values that we absolutely believe. Man sets goals, creates techniques to reach them, transcends them. That is why without renouncing anything, without excluding anything, we must present, within sport, man as a condition of all conditions and, consequently, as a value. (B. Game, Sport, Emotion, Space, 1977).

Call to communication

            In an interdisciplinary perspective, the communication propositions will be set into a researches and cultural and intercultural practices that take into account:

-The evolution of values developing within the Olympic movement since the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo and the Olympics in Innsbruck, both held in 1964.

-The Historical and philosophical roots of the Olympic movement and their efflorescence during each Olympic Events since 1964.

-The evolution of sport practices developing within and around each Olympic Games

-The evolution of the sustainability of tangible and intangible sport heritage that evolve during each Olympic Games in urban, rural and natural territories 

-The evolution of the links between the Olympics to Education, Sport and Health

-The evolution of the role of athletes within the Olympics movement

-The role of the Human Movement within a person’s evolution throughout one’s life


From Tokyo 1964 to Tokyo 2020: to the appearance of new universal Olympic values

-The evolution of the role and men and women within the Olympic movement

-The evolution of the role of Education within the Olympic movement 

-The evolution of the role of Health within the Olympic movement 

-The evolution of the role of the performing body within the Olympic movement

-The evolution of the role of the capable body within the Paralympic movement

-The evolution of the role of art within the Olympic movement 


The 2020 Olympics Agenda

-Does the building of a sustainable heritage respect the human, cultural and environmentally friendly environments?

-Does the the building of new Olympic spaces and times fit every generations?

-Are the Paralympics a chance for Sport organizations rulers for disabled people?

-Does the growing variety of medias favorize the new visibilities for traditional sports, modern sports, feminine and masculine sports?


The sustainability of the Olympics’ heritage: an environmental challenge and a common good to be preserved

-What are the uncertainties and risks that characterize the Olympic venues and associated urban sites in the long term?

-What are the existing links between organizing Olympic sites, their use after the Olympic games and cultural policies?

-What approaches for the preservation and enhancement of environmental, urban, historical or archaeological heritage are implemented within Olympic venues and associated urban projects?

– What are the optimal forms of governance that ensure the sustainability of Olympic venues after the Olympic Games?

– Is post-Olympic heritage planning flexible, collaborative or more strategic and confined to the expert and the public authorities?

– What is the role of the private sector in the process of heritage development of sports areas?


 The athlete, the Artist, the Student and the Entrepreneur. Fates crossed on the same path of Excellence.

– Does the Olympic Movement promote the consolidation of « Science and Sports » programs in the context of the Olympic Classes?

– Does the Olympic Movement promote a fundamental synergy between the extreme of the sporting gesture and the ineffable of artistic creativity?

– Is there a synergy between the aims of the Youth Olympic Games and the Games of La Francophonie with those of the Olympic Winter Games and the Summer Olympics?

– What are the social media styles that promote the diffusion of Olympic values-based education at each age of life?

At the end of the International Congress, the complex dimensions revealed by these four themes will be taken into account. This will lead to the development of recommendations related to the complex issues that come with the 2019 Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in Paris in 2024.

Format of communication proposals

The abstract of each communication proposal (including the title, the authors, the affiliations, the body of text,) will not exceed 1 page and will be presented in A4 format (21 x 29.7 cm), with margins of 2.5 cm (up, down, right and left). The font will be Times New Roman, 12 points, single spaced.

A maximum of 1,800 characters including spaces is allowed for the body of the text (which excludes therefore the title, affiliations and potential references and conflicts of interest) provided that the entire summary is on one page.

The title of the communication will be centered in 14 point boldface. The first and last names (in this order) of each author will be centered, as well as affiliations. Only the email of the corresponding author will be shown along with his name in parenthesis as a result of the email. An asterisk exhibiting after the name of the author will be used to identify the corresponding author.

Following the International Congress, a publication in a book in English or French will be proposed. This proposal will be the subject of indications to the authors, once their proposals are accepted. This publication will be linked to the publication of the Proceedings of the Congress « Olympism: Mirrors and / or spurs of companies in change » which will take place in October from October 16 to 19, 2019 at ILEPS-University Paris Seine.

Proposals for communication should be sent to the following email address:


Registration deadline (preferential rate) September 16, 2019

Deadline for registration of first author of papers accepted September 16, 2019

Deadline for registration (full price) 30 September 2019

Opening of the Congress 16 October 2019

Closing of the Congress 18 October 2019


ILEPS, 13, Bld de l’Hautil, 95092 Cergy Pontoise Cedex

Informations and registration

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