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Honorary Committee

Prof. Janusz Adamowski - Chair
(Dean of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science, University of Warsaw)


Prof. Marcin Pałys
(Rector of the University of Warsaw)


Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak
(Vicerector of the University of Warsaw)


Mr Jerzy Ciszewski
(Ciszewski MSL President)


Ms Karolina Pietkiewicz
(President of the Board of the University of Warsaw Students' Union)


Mr Krzysztof Bąk
(President of "Piłka jest piękna" / "Football is Beautiful" Foundation)

Scientific Committee

Prof. Wojciech Jakubowski - Chair
(Vicedean of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science, University of Warsaw)


Prof. Richard Giulianotti
(University of Loughborough)


Dr Dominik Antonowicz
(Nicolaus Copernicus University)


Dr Seweryn Dmowski
(University of Warsaw)


Aleksander Szałański, MA
(University of Warsaw)

Organizing Committee

Dr Seweryn Dmowski
(University of Warsaw)


Aleksander Szałański, MA
(University of Warsaw)

About the Conference

The conference “Football: Politics of the Global Game” is organised by Dr Seweryn Dmowski and Aleksander Szałański, MA, doctoral students from the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science of University of Warsaw, co-lecturers of “Football in Europe: Political and Social Aspects” and “Football in Europe: Case Study” academic courses.

Background / Inspiration

Football is nowadays indisputably the most popular sports in the world – invented as a simple game long time ago, it has grown into an important and widespread sports discipline. It is not only a social, political and cultural phenomenon but also a sphere of human activity shared by more people in the world than democracy, rule of law or human rights. Football is now also a powerful social institution, with influence which should not be ignored, and is used as a tool in many areas of social science, including sociology, anthropology, social policy, political science, international relations, management, economics or journalism and social communication.

Already many years ago this fact was recognised by numerous scientists representing various disciplines, who have been researching countless aspects of this phenomenon. Nevertheless, in many countries, including Poland, the topic is still not sufficiently examined, and the scientific discourse concerning this area is still in its infancy.
The conference organisers are convinced that inviting more participants to this discourse can bring only benefits. This can be reached by increasing the knowledge about existing scientific output in Poland and other countries, by initiating a process aimed at presenting a new point of view and approach to the subject as well as by providing a broad spectrum of new topics and potential areas for further research.

The first step towards this goal was the launch of a new academic course at the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science, University of Warsaw, in 2009 – “Football in Europe: Political and Social Aspects”, which enjoyed a great popularity among both Polish and foreign students. This success emboldened its authors to continue their activity and move on to the next step, that is organising the conference “Football: The Politics of Global Game”.

Main objectives and the concept

The conference is one of the first steps on the path to introducing the football-related discourse to the Polish science and making the University of Warsaw an important participant of the European scientific dialogue. The conference will focus on football as an important social institution playing a rising role in various fields of human activity.

The main idea behind the conference is to exchange thoughts and thus contribute to the increased knowledge among scientists specialising in football, as well as to examine the connections between football and social science. Another important goal of the conference is also the transfer of the output of European football science to the Polish scientific science, as well as presenting the Polish approach to the subject. The conference will feature a specific presentation on this issue.

The conference will consist of five panels, each corresponding to one unit within the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science. Thus, the parts will be devoted to: political science (Institute of Political Science), international relations (Institute of International Relations), social policy (Institute of Social Policy), journalism (Institute of Journalism) and European studies (Institute of European Studies). During each session speakers will discuss main results of their research and participants will be invited to come forward with their comments and ideas in order to help shape a proper understanding of the role of football in various areas of social life. The full list of topics is available in the Call for Papers section.

Participants

The participants will be European and Polish scientists – recognised experts renowned for their achievements in football science.
The conference’s target group includes European and Polish scholars specialising in football science, Polish and European researchers who have not considered football-related aspects in their research yet, representatives of international institutions and state authorities of various levels dealing with the issues related to football in their professional work, officials from sports organisations and clubs interested in developing a scientific approach to the subject, as well as everyone who is curious about football, open-minded and willing to learn more about the surrounding world.

Formula

Serving as an introduction to the discussions, the opening lecture will focus on football as an object of scientific research and will introduce its social and political aspects. Next, specific examples of scientific research in the area of football will be presented. The project team will examine the assumptions, methodology and expected results of their work.

In order to ensure greater knowledge exchange and discussions, the conference panels will be organised in a manner described below. The panels will be chaired by moderators – representatives of particular institutes at the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science. After a brief introduction to the panel’s topic, the moderator will introduce the keynote speaker and invite him or her to present their lecture. The main lecture will be followed by two other lectures delivered by other speakers. One lecture should last no longer than 15-20 minutes and the moderator will see to it that this is observed. Lectures should be accompanied by a multimedia presentation. After all panel lectures are delivered, the participants will be invited to take active part in the debate.

Next steps

The presentations of all conference speakers are planned to be published on the project’s website. The output of the conference should be broadly disseminated by Polish and European research centres. The organisers also consider publishing a print version of the lecturers in the form of a publication containing an in-depth analysis of football-related aspects.
Following the launch of the academic courses and the conference on football at the University of Warsaw, the next step envisaged is to develop a scientific network devoted to football, which will bring together researchers interested in football from across Europe. The theme of the first such European study would be the phenomenon of football rivalries in particular countries, regions and cities.

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