Since 1951, the Pan American Games have been uninterruptedly held every four years in cites throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Games, modelled after the Olympic Games, is to “strengthen and cement the bonds of friendship and solidarity among the peoples of America” and this  aspiration is communicated in the multilingual motto: América, Espírito, Sport, Fraternité. The Pan American Games have contributed to     city-building and sport development wherever they have been held. Yet in spite of their lofty aspiration and rich history, this event has rarely         attracted the attention of scholars.

This conference will attempt to overcome that deficit by historicizing the Pan-American Games and the narratives, policies and legacies promoted over the years, featuring research from an international array of scholars, as well as a session on Toronto 2015.

The Historicizing the Pan American Games Colloquium is open to the public. Registration is free




April 20-21, 2015


Day 1:

University of Toronto Scarborough
Instructional Centre
1095 Military Trail
Scarborough, ON
M1C 1A4

Day 2:

Hart House, East Common Room
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, ON
M5S 3H3