University staff profile

Dr Udo Merkel

Senior Lecturer

contact:
Sport and Service Management
Darley Road
Eastbourne
BN20 7UR

Telephone: +441273643627

Email: U.Merkel@brighton.ac.uk

Research Interests

  • Sociology and Politics of Sport and Popular Culture
  • Sociological Theories
  • Sport and International Politics/Relations and Diplomacy
  • The Critical Analysis of International Events and Festivals
  • Identity Discourses and Communities
  • The Political Economy of Soccer

Biography

Dr. Udo Merkel is a Senior Lecturer in Events Management. He holds various degrees from British and German universities in the Social Sciences and Sport Sciences. Over the last twenty years, he has worked at a number of universities in mainland Europe, Latin America and South-East Asia.

At the School of Sport and Service Management he is part of the Events Management team teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students (in the UK and abroad). He also supervises PhD students. His lectures and seminars usually focus on the critical, social-scientific analysis of the events industry. He is particularly interested in the sociology, politics and economics of hosting and participating in mega events, in particular sports events, and has published widely in this area. Over the last few years, after visiting North Korea twice, he has produced a large number of papers on the political significance of festivals and spectacles in this secretive country paying particular attention to the role of events as a foreign policy/diplomatic tool. Furthermore, he has recently edited two cutting edge books: Power, Politics and International Events (2014, Routledge) and Identity Discourses and Communities in International Events, Festivals and Spectacles (2015, Palgrave Macmillan). He also has a keen interest in comparative European studies and football fan cultures.

Research Publications

Number of items: 29.

Merkel, Udo (2016) Sports as a Foreign Policy and Diplomatic Tool In: Kelly, J., Bairner, A. and Lee, J., eds. Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics. Routledge, UK, pp. 28-38. ISBN 9781138792548

Merkel, Udo (2015) Identity discourses and communities in international events, festivals and spectacles: leisure studies in a global era [Edited Collections]

Merkel, Udo and Ok, Gwang (2015) Identity discourses and narratives in North Korean events, festivals, and celebrations In: Merkel, Udo, ed. Identity discourses and communities in international events, festivals and spectacles. Leisure Studies in a Global Era . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 135-152. ISBN 9781137394927

Merkel, Udo (2015) Making sense of identity discourses and international events, festivals and spectacles In: Merkel, Udo, ed. Identity Discourses and Communities in International Events, Festivals and Spectacles. Leisure Studies in a Global Era . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 3-36. ISBN 9781137394927

Merkel, Udo (2015) The contestation of identities and communities in German football In: Merkel, Udo, ed. Identity discourses and communities in international events, festivals and spectacles. Leisure Studies in a Global Era . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 54-74. ISBN 9781137394927

Merkel, Udo (2014) Flags, feuds and frictions: North Korea and the London 2012 Olympics International Journal of the History of Sport, 30 (15). pp. 1810-1822. ISSN 0952-3367

Merkel, Udo (2014) German football culture in the new millennium: ethnic diversity, flair and youth on and off the pitch Soccer and Society, 15 (2). pp. 241-255. ISSN 1466-0970

Merkel, Udo (2014) The politics of sport and identity in North Korea International Journal of the History of Sport, 31 (3). pp. 376-390. ISSN 0952-3367

Merkel, Udo (2013) Arts, acrobatics and athleticism in North Korea: power, politics and propoganda In: Merkel, U., ed. Power, politics and international events: socio-cultural analyses of festivals and spectacles. Routledge Advances in Event Research Series . Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 142-157. ISBN 9780415624466

Merkel, Udo (2013) Power, politics and international events: socio-cultural analyses of festivals and spectacles [Edited Collections]

Merkel, Udo (2013) The critical, social-scientific study of international events: power, politics and conflicts In: Merkel, U., ed. Power, politics and international events: socio-cultural analyses of festivals and spectacles. Routledge Advances in Event Research Series . Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 3-30. ISBN 9780415624466

Merkel, Udo (2013) ‘The grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance Arirang’ (2002–2012): North Korea's socialist–realist response to global sports spectacles International Journal of the History of Sport, 30 (11). pp. 1247-1258. ISSN 0952-3367

Merkel, Udo (2012) Sport and physical culture in North Korea: resisting, recognizing and relishing globalization Sociology of Sport Journal, 29 (4). pp. 506-525. ISSN 0741-1235

Merkel, Udo (2012) North Korean media accounts of the Olympic and Asian Games: the fatherland's friends and foes International Journal of the History of Sport, 29 (16). pp. 2326-2336. ISSN 0952-3367

Merkel, Udo (2012) Football fans and clubs in Germany: conflicts, crises and compromises Soccer & Society, 13 (3). pp. 359-376. ISSN 1466-0970

Merkel, Udo and Kim, M. (2011) Third time lucky!? PyeongChang's bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics–politics, policy and practice The International Journal of the History of Sport, 28 (16). pp. 2365-2383. ISSN 0952-3367

Merkel, Udo (2011) La vision politique du sport: valeurs, vertus et victimes Sport & Citizenship (14). p. 14.

Merkel, Udo (2010) Bigger than Beijing 2008: politics, propaganda and physical culture in Pyongyang The International Journal of the History of Sport, 27 (14-15). pp. 2467-2492. ISSN 0952-3367

Merkel, Udo (2010) Pyongyang Proudly Presents: Mass Displays and Displays of the Masses in North Korea In: Mansfield, L. and Chatziefstathiou, D., eds. Leisure identities and authenticity. LSA (110). Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, UK, pp. 1-28. ISBN 9781905369218

Merkel, Udo (2009) Sport, politics and reunification - a comparative analysis of Korea and Germany International Journal of the History of Sport, 26 (3). pp. 406-428. ISSN 0952-3367

Merkel, Udo (2008) The politics of sport diplomacy and reunification in divided Korea: one nation, two countries and three flags International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 43 (3). pp. 289-311. ISSN 1461-7218

Merkel, Udo (2007) The political risks of hosting mega sport events - A short and selective history Leisure Studies Association Newsletter, 47. pp. 32-33.

Merkel, Udo (2007) Milestones in the Development of Football Fandom in Germany: Global Impacts on Local Contests Soccer and Society, 8 (2/3). pp. 221-239. ISSN 1466-0970

Merkel, Udo (2006) The 1974 and 2006 World Cups in Germany: Commonalities, Continuities and Changes Soccer and Society, 7 (1). pp. 14-28. ISSN 1466-0970

Merkel, Udo (2005) Zukunft Freizeit: Sport, Macht und Kultur In: Popp, R., ed. Zukunft - Freizeit – Wissenschaft (Festschrift für Prof. Dr. Horst W. Opaschowski). Lit Verlag, Münster, Germany, pp. 539-555.

Merkel, Udo (2003) The Politics of Physical Culture and German Nationalism: Turnen versus English Sports and French Olympism, 1871-1914 German Politics and Society, 21 (2). pp. 69-96. ISSN 0882-7079

Merkel, Udo (2002) Sport, Power and the State in Weimar Germany In: Sugden, J. and Tomlinson, A., eds. Power Games - Theory and Method for a Critical Sociology of Sport. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 141-160. ISBN 9780415251013

Merkel, Udo (2001) The Political Value of Sport in Germany In: Keech, M. and McFee, G., eds. Sport and Values. Meyer and Meyer, Aachen, Germany, pp. 187-206. ISBN 9781841260556

Merkel, Udo (2000) The hidden social and political history of the German football association (DFB), 1900-50 Soccer and Society, 1 (2). pp. 167-186. ISSN 1466-0970

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