Special Session 6: Mega Event Planning: The Impact of the Olympics and World’s Fairs on their Host Cities

Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories - Izmir, Turkey

Session Organisers:

Session organizers: Mark Wilson (wilsonmm@msu.edu) Michigan State University, USA
Eva Kassens-Noor (ekn@msu.edu) Michigan State University, USA

Mega events play a significant role as expressions of national identity, manifestations of global business, in the shaping of attitudes and values, and the remaking of urban space.  These large scale events take many different forms, including sports (Olympics, World Cup, Asian Games), culture (World’s Fairs, Culture Capitals), and religion (the Hajj, Maha Kumbh Mela, World Youth Day). The global focus on one city or country for a specific event prompts use of the event for political, social, business, and urban redevelopment ends.  The excitement, prestige, and glamour of the event brings together many interests that wish to use the event to achieve goals of profit, social change, urban development and city branding.   Mega events are often seen as ephemeral, yet the changes associated with them leave a legacy in ideas and places. 

This session seeks a wide range of urban and regional perspectives on the ways that mega events affect their host cities and countries.  In particular, we welcome presentations on the many planning and legacy issues associated with large scale events, including urban redevelopment, transportation and logistics, environmental impact, and social justice in host cities.  Comparative studies of past mega events or case studies of mega events and their impact on people and places are encouraged.  Specific issues may include, but are not limited to, the following:

How do mega events change the form and structure of host cities?
How do mega events affect the perception of host cities by residents and visitors?
Do mega event legacies represent a positive return on investment for hosts, and what elements of mega events are the most successful legacies?
What processes do cities use to bid for a mega event, and how are residents, stakeholders and government included or excluded from the process? 

Submission Guidelines

Anyone interested in participating in the session should register for the conference before April 6th 2014 by clicking here and follow the link. Please ensure that your abstracts are no longer than 800 words, text only. If you have any questions regarding this special session, please contact the session organisers on the email addresses provided. 

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