Public lecture : Games with frontiers - Football, nationalism and the FIFA Men’s World Cup

  • 7 December 2022
  • 17:30-18:30
  • Room 1.39, National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine-East Midlands

This public lecture - delivered by Professor Alan Bairner, Professor of Sport and Social Theory and timed to coincide with the FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar - the talk will discuss the history and expansion of the tournament with a particular focus on international rivalries and global politics.

These issues will be examined in relation to George Orwell’s assertion that international sporting competitions can best be described as ‘mimic warfare’.

This public lecture is free to attend and is open to anyone with an interest in the topic.

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The talk will last for approximately an hour. To book your place please complete the online booking form. This talk will be recorded and the recording will be made available online a few days after the event. If you have any questions please email