ESSCA School of Management (Angers, France) hosts the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe (FREE) Kick-Off Conference on Friday 20 April 2012. The conference not only marks the official launch of the project, but is at the same time an excellent opportunity to bring together, at the very beginning of the research work, the consortium and a series of external experts in order to engage in a debate on the scientific concepts that underpin the rationale of FREE. Sport and Citizenship think tank is partner of this project.
The organisers are extremely pleased to welcome some of Europe’s leading scholars who have accepted to share their expertise on issues such ‘The Anthropology of Europe’ (Marion Demossier, Southampton), ‘Identity Research’ (Sophie Duchesne, Nanterre), ‘The European Public Sphere’ (Hans-Jörg Trenz, Copenhagen), or ‘The Challenge of Interdisciplinarity’ (Alex Warleigh-Lack, Surrey).
These conceptual exposés will be followed by a series of more football-related contributions: some reflections on ‘Football as a serious object of study’ (Christian Bromberger, Aix-en-Provence), a critical reading of FREE’s ambition to take ‘Football research beyond the state-of-the-art’ (Gabriele Klein, Hamburg), as well as some non-academic observations on football supporters by Simon Kuper (Financial Times) and Tom Hall (Supporters Direct Europe).
This public Kick-Off Conference will be followed by an internal coordination and research meeting of the consortium on Saturday 21 April.
Please open the PDF file below to find all the information needed to reach ESSCA School of Management in Angers (France) for the FREE Kick-Off Conference.