Olympic Games and Global Cities

30 novembre, 7-8 decembre 2021

International conference

Olympic Games and Global Cities

The decision to postpone the Tokyo Games in the spring of 2020 marks a significant change in the Olympic dynamics. Tokyo has become the very first city to adjourn the Games, after prior experiences of their cancellation in 1940 and their resounding success in 1964. Through its history, Tokyo thus embodies the failure, success of and uncertainty around the preparation of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. But Tokyo 2021 should not only be viewed as the “postponed Games”. It is also a mega-event whose urban inscription denotes a radical transformation of the transformation of the Olympic urban project. In Tokyo, and even more so in Paris in 2024, the organisers are putting the emphasis on renovations, requalifications and temporary facilities, in order to avoid building new infrastructures and to make the best of the already existing functions of the global city.

This conference proposes to investigate this change, which has unfolded since the 2000s within the Olympic movement; a trend that tends to favour bids from cities that already display all the necessary facilities, to the detriment of regional metropolises. The aim is to examine the realignments in the International Olympic Committee, its expectations of candidate and host cities, and the evolutions in the types of applications and applicant cities. The Olympic governance, urban governance, as well as the strategies of global cities and their Olympic urban project will be particularly under scrutiny.

  • 30 November, 7-8 December 2021 | 8.30 - 19.00 (France time)
  • Online and onsite - In English and French
  • Speakers of panels: Jessamyn Abel (Pennsylvania State University), Masamichi Aihara (University of Osaka), Greg Andranovich (California State University), Matthew J. Burbank (University of Utah), Filippo Bignami (The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)), Hugo Bourbillères (Université Rennes 2), Christian Dimmer (Waseda University), Alexandre Faure (FFJ-EHESS), Naomi C. Hanakata (National University of Singapore), Mariko Ikeda (University of Tsukuba), John Lauermann (City University of New York), Soichiro Minami (MLIT), Florian Purkarthofer (University of Wien), Erez Golani Solomon (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design), Arima Takayuki (University of Yokohama), Tomoko Tamari (University of London), Belinda Wheaton (University of Waikato), Sven Daniel Wolfe (Université de Lausanne)

The panels will be accompanied by three roundtables gathering public and private actors of the Olympic Games (further information below).

In partnership with Kyoto Seika University, the Campus Condorcet and the Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris. With the support of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris Nord and the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO).


Round Tables


30 November 2021
11.00 – 13.00 (French time) | In English

Tokyo and after: What is the legacy of these exceptional Games?

Opening remarks: Sébastien Lechevalier (President of the Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS and Professor at EHESS)
Discussant : Alexandre Faure (FFJ-EHESS)

  • Niccolò Cuppini (Researcher at SUPSI, Skills Centre for Work, Welfare and Society)
  • Fumiaki Nakayasu (Senior Director of Games Delivery Office, TOCOG)
  • Oussouby Sacko (President of the Kyoto Seika University, Special advisor to the Expo 2025)
  • Mitsuru Yamashiro (Member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government)


7 December 2021
17.15 – 19.00 (French time) | In French
Onsite: Maison des Sciences de L’Homme Paris, 20 Avenue George Sand, 93210 La Plaine St-Denis

Seine-Saint-Denis 2024 – Quelle influence les Jeux ont-ils et vont-ils avoir sur la Plaine Saint-Denis ?

Opening remarks: Jean-François Balaudé (Président du Campus Condorcet)
Discussant: Emmanuel Bellanger (Professeur, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Dominique Alba (Directrice de l’Atelier parisien d’urbanisme)
  • Mathieu Hanotin (Président de Plaine-Commune)
  • Grégoire Koenig (Délégué aux relations institutionnelles de Paris 2024)
  • Camille Picard (Directrice territoriale Seine Saint Denis et Val d’Oise chez Groupe Caisse des Dépôts)
  • Stéphane Troussel (Président du Conseil Départemental de la Seine-Saint-Denis)

Followed by a cocktail at the entrance of the auditorium.


8 December 2021
17.00 – 19.00
Onsite: Maison de La Culture du Japon, 101 Quai Branly, 75015 Paris

Quelles leçons pour Paris 2024 après les Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques de Tokyo ?

Opening remarks: Junichi Ihara (Ambassadeur du Japon en France), Hitoshi Suzuki (Président de la MCJP)
Discussant: Charles-Édouard Houllier-Guibert (Maître de conférences, Université de Rouen)

  • Grégoire Koenig (Délégué aux relations institutionnelles de Paris 2024)
  • Pierre Rabadan (Adjoint à la Maire de Paris en charge du sport, des Jeux olympiques et paralympiques)
  • Thierry Terret (Délégué ministériel aux Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques)
Aires culturelles, Sociologie et sciences politiques Patrimoine, Politiques publiques, Socio-économie, Sociologie, Sociologie politique, Urbaines (études), Ville Amérique du Nord, Amériques, Asie, Europe, France, Japon

Informations pratiques

  • Tuesday 30 November 2021 - 08:30
  • Tuesday 7 December 2021 - 09:00
  • Wednesday 8 December 2021 - 17:00
  • 30 novembre : En ligne
  • 7 décembre : Sessions en ligne, table ronde à la MSH Paris Nord (20 Avenue George Sand, 93210 La Plaine St-Denis)
  • 8 décembre : Maison de la culture du Japon (101 Quai Branly, 75015 Paris)
  • events_ffj@ehess.fr
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