Research Team

Patrick CLASTRES is a cultural and political historian. He is currently full professor at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Lausanne University (UNIL).

His main interests are about the history and geopolitics of international sport, more precisely on international sports federations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) elites, and about the genesis and the globalisation of sporting cultures. More broadly he focuses on neutrality and apoliticism concepts, epistemology in history, and the relationship between literary genre and biographical essay.

He passed his PhD in Contemporary History at Sciences Po Paris. Member of the Institute of Sport Sciences, he is researcher at the Centre of International History and Political Studies of Globalisation (CRHIM). He is also associate researcher at the Social History Center for Contemporary Worlds (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) He coordinates the UNIL Global Sport & Olympic Studies Center.

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Florence CARPENTIER has been an associate professor at the University of Rouen (France) since 2004 and she teaches the history of sport and physical education. Since September 2018, she has been a senior researcher at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), funded for 4 years by the Swiss National Science Foundation as part of the research project entitled “members of the International Olympic Committee, 1894-1972. Prosopography of a transnational elite”.

Her research focuses mainly on the history of the IOC and the Olympic Games, in particular under the presidencies of Henri de Baillet-Latour (1925-1942) and Sigfried Edström (1942-1952). She also works on the emergence and development of women’s sport during the interwar period, in France and in the world, and on its relations with the male Olympic movement, as with the French feminist movements of this time. She is a researcher at the Center for Studies of the Transformations of Physical and Sports Activities (CTAPS, University of Rouen, EA 3832) and at the Global Sport & Olympic Studies Center (CEO&GS, University of Lausanne).

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Helena KLIMA is working on this project as an SNF doctoral student. She holds a Master’s degree in Sports Science and French Literature from the University of Lausanne (2017). Before joining the project, she was working as part of her Master’s thesis on Charles de Coubertin, father of the founder of the modern Olympic Games.

In this SNF project, her job is to investigate the 69 members co-opted to the IOC during the presidency of the American Avery Brundage (1952-1972). By adopting a prosopographical approach, her study aims to shed light on the IOC personalities in order to better identify the social, political and cultural characteristics they have in common. Placed on the crossroads of individual and collective history, it attempts to reconstruct a more complete portrait of this group than the one that has now been drawn up. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the structure, mode of operation and decision-making processes of one of the most important international sports institutions. Since the start of the project in September 2018, Helena has familiarized herself with the state of research, developed her thesis project and contributed to the creation of a computer database adapted to the specificities of this project. Currently, she is focusing on the creation of biographical cards from members’ personal files in the IOC archives in Lausanne by cross-referencing them with their correspondence with Avery Brundage (Avery Brundage Collection, University of Illinois).