— Published 26 January 2021

Montpellier will innovate

The initiative is unprecedented. Two years from the Paris 2024 Games, the city of Montpellier will organise a scientific congress next year supposed to address the Olympic and Paralympic event from the perspective of the humanities and social sciences. About 600 sociologists, anthropologists, historians, geographers, philosophers, economists and even lawyers from all over the world will be expected at the Corum in the French city, from January 18th to 21st, 2022. Objective of the congress: to shed light on the contribution of research in the human sciences and social sciences of sport to understand the promises of the Paris 2024 Games. “The congress will be an opportunity to try to draw up an assessment of the main contributions of the human and social sciences of sport to support and assess the multiple and complex effects linked to the organisation of the Paris 2024 Games”, explains one of the organisers, Sylvain Ferez. The event will be set to music by the “Health, education, situations of handicap” team from the University of Montpellier, the Center de recherche sciences sociales sport et corps (CRESCO) from the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, and the Achac research group. It will take place under the sponsorship of the Ministry in charge of Sports, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the National Sports Agency (ANS) and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).