Sports diplomacy and the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:00pm USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (ASC), 207

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics offers an opportunity for South Korea to present itself to the world and will also serve as an important platform for public diplomacy, given the regional instability. The Olympics’ role in facilitating global and regional relations is particularly poignant, as future games — Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympics and Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics — will be hosted in the East Asian region.

CPD brings noted scholar Susan Brownell to discuss her experience in PyeongChang to examine the Olympics through the lens of sports diplomacy. This conversation will be moderated by Ben Carrington, associate professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

This event is made possible by a grant by the Korea Foundation.

About Susan Brownell

Dr. Brownell is an internationally recognized expert on Chinese sports at the University of Missouri, St. Louis in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. She has done fieldwork in China, primarily in Beijing. Her research interests are sports and body culture.  From 2007 – 2008 she was a Fulbright Senior Researcher at the Beijing Sport University, doing research on the Beijing Olympic Games. At UMSL, she teaches Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Ideas and Explanations in Anthropology; Senior Seminar; History, Theory and Practice of Anthropology; The Body in Culture; and Cultures of East Asia. Dr. Susan Brownell received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1990.