FREE Kick off conference 2012 (ESSCA School of Management, Angers) 

Entrance to ESSCA’s Angers campus.

ESSCA School of Management (Angers, France) hosted the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe (FREE) Kick-Off Conference on Friday 20 April 2012. The conference not only marked the official launch of the project, but was also at the same time an excellent opportunity to bring together, at the very beginning of the research work, the consortium and a series of external experts in order to engage in a debate on the scientific concepts that underpin the rationale of FREE.

The organisers were extremely pleased to welcome some of Europe’s leading scholars who have accepted to share their expertise on issues such as: ‘The Anthropology of Europe’ (Marion Demossier, Southampton); ‘The Pitfalls of Identity Research’ (Sophie Duchesne, Nanterre); ‘The European Public Sphere’ (Hans-Jörg Trenz, Copenhagen).

These conceptual exposés were followed by a series of more football-related contributions: some reflections on ‘Football as a serious object of study’ (Christian Bromberger, Aix-en-Provence);  a critical reading of FREE’s ambition to take ‘Football research beyond the state-of-the-art’ (Gabriele Klein, Hamburg), as well as some non-academic observations on football supporters by Simon Kuper (Financial Times).

This public Kick-Off Conference was followed by an internal coordination and research meeting of the consortium on Saturday 21 April.

Working Papers

 ‘Identity Research’ (Sophie Duchesne, Nanterre)

 ‘The European Public Sphere’ (Hans-Jörg Trenz, Copenhagen)

 ‘The Anthropology of Europe’ (Marion Demossier, Southampton)

 ‘Football as a serious object of study’ (Christian Bromberger, Aix-en-Provence)

 ‘Football research beyond the state-of-the-art’ (Gabriele Klein, Hamburg) 

 The Challenges of Interdisciplinarity (Alex Warleigh-Lack & Albrecht Sonntag)



Conference programme

Please find below the conference programme in PDF format.

FREE Kick-Off conference programme (ESSCA School of Management, Angers - 20 April 2012)

 Practical information

Please open the PDF file below to find all the information needed to reach ESSCA School of Management in Angers (France) for the FREE Kick-Off Conference.

  How to get to ESSCA’s Angers Campus