• Ian Culpan New Zealand Centre for Olympic Studies, University of Canterbury (New Zealand)
  • Emilio Fernández Peña Centre d’Estudis Olímpics of the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona (Spain)
  • Stephan Wassong German Sport University Cologne (Germany)


The aim of Diagoras: International Academic Journal on Olympic Studies is to foster a critical understanding of Olympism, the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games. The focus of the journal is Olympic Studies with an emphasis on the educative, pedagogical, historical, socio-cultural, communicative and sport and exercise science aspects of Olympic Studies. Diagoras seeks to become the prestigious multi-disciplinary scholarly journal on Olympic matters by extending knowledge and understanding of related areas. Published materials will be focused on original research, integrative and analytical reviews and philosophical discussions on Olympic matters.

Author Biographies

Ian Culpan, New Zealand Centre for Olympic Studies, University of Canterbury (New Zealand)

Ian Culpan is currently Full Professor in the School of Health Sciences and the former Head of the School of Sciences and Physical Education at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has strong research interests in physical education teacher education (PETE), Curriculum Development, Pedagogy, the socio-cultural aspects of Sport and Olympic/Olympism Education. He has a high international profile, led and directed many national initiatives in physical education and has published nationally and internationally.

Emilio Fernández Peña, Centre d’Estudis Olímpics of the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona (Spain)

Emilio Fernández Peña is full professor at the School of Communication and Director of the Centre d’Estudis Olímpics of the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona. He chairs the MOOC Course entitled The Olympic Games and the Media on Coursera Platforms with more than 20.000 enrolled students from 143 different countries for the last four years. Professor Fernández Peña is the founder director of the Sport Communication Lab, a research initiative promoted along FC Barcelona. At the same time, he is the executive director of the Master on Communication Partnership Management on Sport Organizations, jointly organized with FC Barcelona too. He has been lecturer and invited professor at international universities like the University of Southern California (Annenberg School for Communication), the University of Beijing, University of Athens, University of Bolonia, Université de Paris 3, Gama Fihlo and Pontificia Universidade Católica de Rio Grande do Sul (Brasil), as well as the International Olympic Academy, among many others. He is the author of more than 50 books, book chapters and academic articles. Dr. Fernández Peña has been interviewed frequently by international media outlets like BBC, CNN International, TVE,Folha de Sao Paulo, El País, La Vanguardia or La Nueva España, among others, to talk about sport, olympism and media.

Stephan Wassong, German Sport University Cologne (Germany)

Stephan Wassong is Full Professor at the German Sport University Cologne where he is Head of the Institute of Sport History and Director of its Olympic Studies Centre since 2009. He is Executive Director of the international study programme Master of Arts in Olympic Studies and member of the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Education Commission. Professor Wassong is widely published on the national and international level. His fields of research include, amongst others, the history and development of the modern Olympic Games, socio-culture aspects of sport and physical education in the USA, development of sport in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic, and the archive-based project on 100 years of institutionalization of sport science in Germany. He has been appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 2012 he has been invited as lecturer at the International Olympic Academy regularly.