The International Centre for Olympic Studies at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Canada announces its 8th International Symposium for Olympic Research to be held on the Western campus from Thursday evening, 19 October through Saturday, 21 October 2006.  This is a call to all scholars interested in presenting a research paper at the symposium on socioculturalOlympic themes, to submit an abstract of their study.  The deadline for thesubmission of abstracts is 15 May 2006. 

Please send submissions to

Robert K. Barney, Interim Director of ICOS, School of Kinesiology, University ofWestern Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A-3K7, and/or by email to<,

and/or by FAX--519-661-4148. 

Notification of those submissions accepted for presentation will be rendered by 15 June 2006.  Afully completed and final text of those submissions accepted forpresentation must be in the hands of the Symposium organizers by no laterthan 1 September 2006. 

The fully refereed and edited Proceedings of the Symposium, entitled "Cultural Imperialism in Action---Critiques of the Global Olympic Trust: Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium for Olympic Research" will be available to participants upon arrival at the Symposium. 

This notice is also an advance announcement that ICOS's 9th symposium will be held in 2008 in Beijing during the week preceding the opening of the Games of the 29th Olympiad.