Reinforcing, Crossing, and Transcending Borders: Soccer in a Globalized World 

Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard University
Supported by Simmons College, Boston, MA

Hosted by Olympiacos F.C. in Athens, Greece

September 4th and 5th, 2017

Following up on its 2016 conference, “Soccer as a Global Phenomenon,” The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH) at Harvard University is happy to announce a second event, “Reinforcing, Crossing, and Transcending  Borders: Soccer in a Globalized World.”

Proposals will be accepted through May 20th, 2017- please see the Call for Papers.


Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History, Harvard University
Stephen Ortega, Associate Professor of History, Simmons College
Yağmur Nuhrat, Instructor of Sociology, Bilgi University
Daren Graves, Associate Professor of Education, Simmons College 

Initiator of Conference Series: Cemal Kafadar, Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies,
Harvard University



  • Soccer fans at the 2010 World Cup.

    Fans at the 2010 World Cup.

  • Austria v. Congo, 2007.

  • Afghan children playing soccer.

  • Germany-Brazil

    Germany v. Brazil

    2009 in Frankfurt

  • Youth Olympic Games

    Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

    Iran vs Turkey (goal shoot)