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UCLan teams up with University of Oxford for international football conference

16 July 2014

Michael Black

Event will look at culture, politics and identity.

Academics from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are set to take part in a prestigious International Football Conference at the University of Oxford, partly sponsored by UCLan.

In conjunction with academic publishers Taylor and Francis, Professor Boria Majumdar, a senior Research Fellow within The School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors (SSTO) at UCLan, has organised the conference entitled ‘FIFA World Cup and the Nation: Culture, Politics, Identity.’

Professor John Hughson, Director of the International Football Institute within SSTO, will lead a plenary session on day two of the event which also features a number of leading figures from the world of football culture.

"This event will bring together highly renowned academics and practitioners in what will be an extremely interesting conference."

Keynote speakers include award winning journalist and author Mihir Bose. In addition to writing a weekly “Big Sports Interview” for the London Evening Standard, he also writes and broadcasts on social and historical issues as well as sport for a range of outlets including the BBC, the Financial Times and the Independent.

Dr John Minten, Dean of SSTO, commented: “Following on from what has been called the ‘best World Cup ever’ there are a host of important issues that have emerged, in just about all aspects of football culture, politics and identity. This event will bring together highly renowned academics and practitioners in what will be an extremely interesting conference.”

The event takes place at The University Club, Oxford, on Wednesday 23 - Thursday 24 July. For further information visit Taylor Francis online.