Five Rings: Enclosing the London 2012 Olympic Games

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Considering the successive iterations of the fence surrounding the London 2012 Olympic site in Stratford, east London, I demonstrate that during the five periods of enclosure considered, these boundaries have highlighted the London Games’ contested past, present, and future. An examination of the material and discursive constructions of each of these boundaries shows the Janus-faced nature of their relationship to the wider ‘mega-event’. I conclude that though the purpose of such enclosures may initially seem obvious, in actuality they, as parts of a wider assemblage, can act unpredictably both to support and challenge the Olympic brand and its existence in this part of east London.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalPapers from the Institute of Archaeology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2013


  • mega events
  • London 2012 Olympics
  • fences
  • presence/absence
  • contemporary archaeology


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