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Traditional Autumn Seminar 2011

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'National Identity, Multiculturalism and The Olympics'

The annual Seminar was held at the British Embassy in Helsinki on 16th September 2011.

Once again, Professor Howy Jacobs provided some exciting speakers.

1200 Lunch at the Embassy Residence hosted by HM Ambassador Matthew Lodge

1330 Howy Jacobs, University of Tampere


1340 Rob VanWynsberghe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Identity, Pride and Multiculturalism: Social Impacts of the 2010 Olympic Games

1415 Jouko Kokkonen, Sports Museum Foundation of Finland, Helsinki

Sports and nationalism - united forever? Case Finland.

1450 Coffee/Tea

1520 Mervi Tervo, University of Oulu

'Us' and the 'Others' in Finnish sports journalism

1555 Muhammad Abdul Bari, LOCOG Board Member, London

London 2012 and Britain’s Diversity

1630 Panel discussion, all speakers, chaired by Howy Jacobs

1655 Tarja Tuckett, Federation of Finnish-British Societies

Closing remarks

1900 Speakers’ dinner


Rob VanWynsberghe,

Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Official rapporteur for the IOC on the social impact of the recent Vancouver Games.

Jouko Kokkonen,

Researcher of the Finnish Sports Museum Foundation,

A historian specialized in sports and nationalism, and who is currently researching the multicultural dimension in Finnish sport over the past 40 years,

Mervi Tervo,

Associate Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Oulu
(also a Green Party city council member and deputy chair).

Currently studying the mobilization of youth in sports, her doctoral research looked closely at issues of racism in Finnish sport in the first half of the century, and the way it was shaped by the press. She will make a nice complement to Jouku.

Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE,

a physicist, science teacher, Bengali immigrant and Chairman of the East London Mosque

Muhammad Abdul Bari is also a former Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Great Britain, and is currently one of the board members of the 2012 London Olympics Organizing Committee