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Leisure Studies Association Conference, 4-6 July 2017 @ Leeds Beckett University, UK - 2nd Call for Papers

posted 3 Feb 2017, 07:06 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 3 Feb 2017, 07:09 ]



Leisure Studies Association Conference, 4-6 July 2017 @
Leeds Beckett University, UK - 2nd Call for Papers 




The leisure studies tradition emphasises the role played by leisure as part of people’s everyday lives. It is a different approach in which a concern for others demands a critical analysis of socio-political processes. It requires a measure of reflexivity and an intersectional appreciation of the situatedness of what we study. This conference looks to speak to others who are interested in examining the social role of processes that commonly go unnoticed/unremarked because they are taken for the everyday. These are subject areas to which everyone can lay a claim to some measure of expertise. 

The aims of this conference are:

To explore the ways in which leisure has been and is enacted around us; and

To explore ways in which leisure, and leisure studies, can be and are being re-created now

Confirmed keynotes


Sarah Neal, Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/socstudies/staff/staff-profiles/sarah-neal

Kevin Hannam, Professor of Tourism Mobilities, Edinburgh Napier University http://www.napier.ac.uk/about-us/our-schools/the-business-school/our-staff/staff-profiles/professor-kevin-hannam

Simone Fullagar, Professor of Physical Cultural Studies, University of Bath http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/staff/simone-fullagar/

Kehinde Andrews, Associate Professor of Sociology, Birmingham City University http://www.bcu.ac.uk/social-sciences/about-us/staff/kehinde-andrews


Streams/panels

We invite contributions which address the conference themes from a range of subject fields including, but not limited to; leisure studies, sport studies, physical education, sociology, events, tourism, hospitality, media and communication, geography, cultural studies, the arts, gender studies, ethnic and racial studies, and social anthropology.

Enacting Leisure: Identities, Lifestyles, and Play

Within this stream we invite a range of papers that critically consider leisure in the enactment of individual and cultural identities and lifestyles.

Spaces of Leisure

Within this stream we invite papers that address the ways in which space becomes a site of constant negotiation, where agents make their lives meaningful through everyday leisure practice and the social structures that endeavour to constrain such meaning making.

Leisure and social justice


Within this stream we invite papers which examine leisure as offering sites of resistance as well as oppression. We are especially interested in hearing about research that can play a contributory role in facilitating social justice through critical analysis of social and political processes of leisure.

Leisure mobilities

Within this stream we invite papers that explore leisure from a range of disciplinary and inter-

disciplinary perspectives that, as well as areas more familiar to those working within leisure studies, might encompass such fields as critical geography, social movement research and the study of language and interaction in motion.

Open stream

In addition to the four central streams, we invite submissions in other area of leisure research.

Post-graduate roundtable/workshop

Post-graduate students are encouraged to apply to any stream. There will also be opportunities to participate in additional career and research development activities led by prominent academics.

Abstract Submissions

Abstracts can take one of two forms:

Individual: single abstracts from individuals/co-researchers submitting a paper that addresses the conference theme or themes

Proposed panel: a set of abstracts (three minimum) from a group of individuals/co-researchers submitting a coherent set of papers that address the conference themes and which could be scheduled together in one parallel session

Submissions

Abstracts should be 250-350 words, structured as follows:

Full title of paper as it will appear in the conference programme

Abstract main body, including background (outline of the context and/or academic literature informing the research), approach (indication of the broad theoretical orientation and/or methodological approach) and significance (description and application of the original research findings reported in the paper)

Conference theme the paper is aimed at

In addition please include a 150 word (max) biography.

Submit all abstracts to LSA2017@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Key dates

Abstract submission: 28 February 2017

Notification of decision: 17 March 2017

Early bird registration deadline: 5 May 2017

Registration deadline: 5 June 2017

Conference: 4-6 July 2017

For details on conference fees, accommodation and practical information visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/lsa2017

LSA 2018 - Call for Expressions of Interest

posted 3 Nov 2016, 07:41 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 3 Nov 2016, 07:41 ]


Expressions of Interest in hosting the Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference of 2018 are invited. 

Institutions should provide a proposal which includes details of the following items: 

Title of Conference 

Dates 

Rationale 

Themes and Sub- themes 

Details of the Conference Organising Committee, including principal contact. 

Description of the target audience 

Indication of Keynote Speakers 


Statement of the suitability of venue for the conference and details of accommodation / catering / accessibility / presentation facilities and support 

Conference budget with details of expected income and of fixed and variable costs. Please note that the budget must include a contribution of £1,500 to the Leisure Studies Association. The host institution will also be expected to share 50% of any surplus income with the Association; the above contribution does not form part of this share. The Association will actively support the promotion of the conference through its website and social media channels. 

The proposal must confirm that: 

The host institution will work co-operatively with the Leisure Studies Association to charge delegates who are non-members a fee which includes one year’s membership of the Association and to transfer the monies raised to the Association. 

Queries should be addressed to Dr. Bob Snape, Chair of the Association: r.snape@bolton.ac.uk 

Bids should be submitted to r.snape@bolton.ac.uk 5.00 p.m. 24th February 2017.

Register your interest in LSA 2017 @ Leeds Beckett NOW!

posted 18 Jul 2016, 05:35 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 25 Jul 2016, 08:17 ]



Register your interest in LSA 2017 @ Leeds Beckett NOW! 



The annual Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Conference, which is being held this year at Liverpool John Moores University from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 July, brings together academics, students, practitioners, policy makers and professionals who work within leisure, sports, tourism and events to discuss and exchange ideas on contemporary leisure issues.

The event, which was last hosted by Leeds Beckett in 2010, will aim to explore the social role of leisure processes in an everyday context.

Dr Thomas Fletcher, Senior Lecturer in Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett University, explained: "We are delighted that Leeds Beckett will once again host the Leisure Studies Association Conference. Leeds Beckett University has a long history and strong reputation in the field of Leisure Studies; with many of those responsible for the development of Leisure Studies over the years being based here.

“Our theme of 'Enacting leisure, reclaiming leisure' aims to be truly multi-disciplinary, which we hope will attract attendees from a range of fields and interests, both nationally and internationally.

“Whilst the event is a year away, we encourage people to save the date and register their interest now at http://bit.ly/29g0BIl.”

Due to take place from Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 July 2017, organisers of the event are calling for the submission of papers concerned with any of the following four areas:

Enacting leisure: identities, lifestyles and play

Spaces of leisure

Leisure and social justice

Leisure mobilities


For more information about the conference or submitting papers email LSA2017@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Dr Fletcher added: “Leisure is a fundamental part of human culture, contributing to both personal health and the maintenance of social life. However, it is greatly contested, constrained and constructed. The conference will allow people within the subject field, and those looking at leisure from other subject fields, to re-claim leisure as a subject of thinking, theorising, researching and doing.”

Leisure Studies Editorial Board call for nominations

posted 18 Jul 2016, 05:24 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 18 Jul 2016, 05:25 ]



Leisure Studies Editorial Board call for nominations



The Leisure Studies Association invites nominations for a seat on the Editorial Board of Leisure Studies. This invitation is open only to current members of the Association. Anyone wishing to apply should submit an application to the Chair of the Association, Dr. Bob Snape, by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 14th September. Applications should provide details of experience of publishing, reviewing and editing in the field of Leisure Studies and  also of  involvement in the activities of  the Association. Please send applications to r.snape@bolton.ac.uk  It will not be possible to acknowledge receipt of applications until  17th August.


2nd Call For Papers: 'Locating Leisure: Blurring Boundaries'

posted 2 Mar 2016, 03:48 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 2 Mar 2016, 03:53 ]



2nd Call For Papers: 'Locating Leisure: Blurring Boundaries' - The annual conference of the Leisure Studies Association

Taking place between 5-7 July, the Leisure Studies Association Conference (LSA) 2016, hosted by Liverpool John Moores University, will challenge thinking around definitions and categories of leisure. Critical leisure studies has been founded on the questioning of boundaries such as work/leisure, agency/structure, and this conference seeks to continue this tradition. We’ll address the differing perspectives of a broadly defined ‘leisure’ from arts and culture to sport and wellbeing.

We are accepting abstracts under the following subthemes:

Blurring Public/Private

This subtheme will explore the physical spaces of leisure experiences, those that take place in public spaces or within the privacy of the home and how these might intersect. It also looks at the future of leisure/cultural/sport policy and how this is played out in public and private spaces. This stream will also consider where those lines between publically and privately owned spaces blur and the leisure implications of this.

Blurring Offline/Online

Since the rise of public availability of the internet, people have more options in how they spend, organise, plan and commemorate their leisure times and experiences. At the launch and take-up of the internet, a trend of academic research grew that suggested online relationships were replacing offline ones. The assumption was that online relationships were stronger, clearer and more 'real' than those offline. Then, a second trend in the academic literature began that suggested that online and offline relationships blended together, the online supporting the offline. In recent years, either of these hypotheses could be true – with the added possibility that offline interactions could support those that are principally online. 'Virtuality' is in multiple facets of many people's every day leisure lives: shopping, dating, fan communities and holiday experiences. In this session we explore the potential for complex intermeshing of the online and the offline in leisure experiences, practices and relationships.

Blurring Vernacular/Spectacular

We are increasingly coming to expect events and activities to be spectacular, to feed the imagination and defy our expectations. With each mega event comes an increasingly spectacular opening ceremony. This subtheme considers the relation between what is spectacular with what is mundane and the every day experiences of people. We’ll explore both the spectacular and the vernacular as well as possible synergies and intersections.

Researching leisure: Pushing the boundaries?

Presenting an opportunity to consider how we carry out our research, this subtheme looks at:

•Pushing the methodological boundaries in our research

•Challenging our ontological and epistemological groundings

•Putting theory to work in our research – what different theorists can offer leisure studies

•The relationship between our research, practice and policy

•Questions of ethics

•Historical perspectives of leisure

•Leisure legacies


Submissions of abstracts should be 250-350 words and submitted by email to LSA2016@ljmu.ac.uk by Friday 18 March 2016.

Please include the following in the abstracts:

•Proposed title of paper

•Proposed author names, position and full contact details

•Most relevant conference theme (Blurring Public/Private; Offline/Online; Centres/Edges; Vernacular/Spectacular; Pushing the boundaries?)

•Abstract main body, including background (outline of the context and/or academic literature informing the research), approach (indication of the broad theoretical orientation and/or methodological approach) and significance (description and application of the original research findings reported in the paper)

•Bibliographic references for any research cited in the abstract

Conference homepage and further information: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/LSA2016


Call For Papers - 'Locating Leisure: Blurring Boundaries': The annual conference of the Leisure Studies Association 2016

posted 10 Dec 2015, 04:09 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 11 Dec 2015, 05:30 ]


Taking place between 5-7 July, the Leisure Studies Association Conference (LSA) 2016, hosted by Liverpool John Moores University, will challenge thinking around definitions and categories of leisure. Critical leisure studies has been founded on the questioning of boundaries such as work/leisure, agency/structure, and this conference seeks to continue this tradition. We’ll address the differing perspectives of a broadly defined ‘leisure’ from arts and culture to sport and well being.

We are now accepting abstracts under the following subthemes:

Blurring Public/Private

This subtheme will explore the physical spaces of leisure experiences, those that take place in public spaces or within the privacy of the home and how these might intersect. It also looks at the future of leisure/cultural/sport policy and how this is played out in public and private spaces. This stream will also consider where those lines between publically and privately owned spaces blur and the leisure implications of this.

Blurring Offline/Online

Since the rise of public availability of the internet, people have more options in how they spend, organise, plan and commemorate their leisure times and experiences. At the launch and take-up of the internet, a trend of academic research grew that suggested online relationships were replacing offline ones. The assumption was that online relationships were stronger, clearer and more 'real' than those offline. Then, a second trend in the academic literature began that suggested that online and offline relationships blended together, the online supporting the offline. In recent years, either of these hypotheses could be true – with the added possibility that offline interactions could support those that are principally online. 'Virtuality' is in multiple facets of many people's every day leisure lives: shopping, dating, fan communities and holiday experiences. In this session we explore the potential for complex intermeshing of the online and the offline in leisure experiences, practices and relationships.

Blurring Centres/Edges

This subtheme considers the concept of the centres/edges binary in relation to physical space. For example, the notion that Liverpool is an edgy city has been explored extensively, we look at what this might mean in the leisure context. The idea that centres and edges could be located in different contexts such as access to leisure activity – this session will investigate what happens at the edges and margins of places, activities and policymaking.

Blurring Vernacular/Spectacular

We are increasingly coming to expect events and activities to be spectacular, to feed the imagination and defy our expectations. With each mega event comes an increasingly spectacular opening ceremony. This subtheme considers the relation between what is spectacular with what is mundane and the every day experiences of people. We’ll explore both the spectacular and the vernacular as well as possible synergies and intersections.

Researching leisure: Pushing the boundaries?

Presenting an opportunity to consider how we carry out our research, this subtheme explores:

•Pushing the methodological boundaries in our research

•Challenging our ontological and epistemological groundings

•Putting theory to work in our research – what different theorists can offer leisure studies

•The relationship between our research, practice and policy

•Questions of ethics

•Historical perspectives of leisure

•Leisure legacies


 Submissions of abstracts should be 250-350 words and submitted by email to LSA2016@ljmu.ac.uk by Friday 26 February 2016.


Please include the following in the abstracts:

•Proposed title of paper

•Proposed author names, position and full contact details

•Most relevant conference theme (Blurring Public/Private; Offline/Online; Centres/Edges; Vernacular/Spectacular; Pushing the boundaries?)

•Abstract main body, including background (outline of the context and/or academic literature informing the research), approach (indication of the broad theoretical orientation and/or methodological approach) and significance (description and application of the original research findings reported in the paper)

•Bibliographic references for any research cited in the abstract

Conference homepage and further information: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/LSA2016

Digital Football Cultures: Call for Chapters Eds. Stefan Lawrence and Garry Crawford

posted 4 Dec 2015, 08:44 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 4 Dec 2015, 08:49 ]



Digital Football Cultures: Call for Chapters
Eds. Stefan Lawrence and Garry Crawford


Abstract Submission: Friday 26th February, 2016 


Building on vibrant debates generated by the Digital Football Cultures stream at Football as Inclusive Leisure (a one day conference held at Southampton Solent University in May 2015 in conjunction with LSA and LMCFR), Digital Football Cultures will be a timely publication, bringing together scholars working at the intersections of football and leisure studies and digital cultures. As the digital revolution continues apace, emergent technologies and means of communication have presented new challenges and opportunities to the football industry. In turn, researchers active in a number of disciplines have responded and have carved out a new field of study in its own right. Despite the growing number of research papers which consider football and its relationship with digital culture, there are few dedicated texts which bring together key contemporary debates in one edited collection. Given the truly global reach and popularity of the beautiful game, made possible primarily by technological advancement, the need for a critical text is self-evident. 

Proposed Focus

The proposed focus of the book will be on a range of conceptual and theoretical issues in football, especially those issues that emerge from or have been exacerbated by the digital turn. Each chapter should be guided by a theoretical framework and will address at least one of the following themes:

· Digital football fandom

· Football and social media

· Football (sub)cybercultures

Each theme will be further divided into sub-themes, which could include (but are not restricted to):

· (Hate) Crime and/ or Trolling

· Blogging

· Celebrity cultures and two-way communication

· Digital Stadia  

· Fan activism and social movements

· Health and Well Being

· Identity and cyber-selves

· Moral panics (cyberhooliganism, football cyber-lads)

· Fan forums and online communities

· Resistance

· Privacy and freedom of speech

· Social justice

· Surveillance and control

· Transnationalism

· Video gaming

Submission guidelines

Submissions of abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to Dr Stefan Lawrence (digicoms@leisurestudies.org) by Friday 26th February, 2016. Please include the following in abstracts: 

· Proposed article title

· Proposed author names and affiliations

· Theme or sub-theme

· Rationale and aim(s) of chapter

· Principal body of literature/theoretical framework

· Proposed contribution to knowledge.

Key dates and publications timeline to follow after decision made on abstracts.

LSA submits report to HEA -Teaching and Learning Issues in the Disciplines: Leisure Studies

posted 28 Oct 2015, 11:35 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 28 Oct 2015, 11:38 ]



LSA submits report to HEA -Teaching and Learning Issues in the Disciplines: Leisure Studies

LSA was approached by HEA to explore the subject specific challenges faced by those teaching leisure related disciplines. The report documents the thoughts of leisure educators from across the UK and will interest anyone concerned by teaching and learning in Higher Education. 

Click here to read the full report.

Looking back at Football as Inclusive Leisure

posted 20 Jun 2015, 08:55 by LeisureStudiesAssn   [ updated 20 Jun 2015, 08:57 ]




Bids invited for LSA 2017

posted 16 Jun 2015, 03:43 by LeisureStudiesAssn   [ updated 28 Oct 2015, 08:06 by Stefan Lawrence ]



Bids invited for hosting the Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference of 2017. 

Institutions should provide a proposal which includes details of the following items: 

Title of Conference 

Dates 

Rationale 

Themes and Sub- themes 

Details of the Conference Organising Committee, including principal contact. 

Description of the target audience 

Indication of Keynote Speakers 

Statement of the suitability of venue for the conference and details of accommodation / catering / accessibility / presentation facilities and support 

Conference budget with details of expected income and of fixed and variable costs. Please note that the budget must include a contribution of £1,500 to the Leisure Studies Association. The host institution will also be expected to make a formal commitment to share 50% of any surplus income with the Association; the above contribution does not form part of this share. The Association will actively support the promotion of the conference through its website and social media channels. 

The proposal must confirm that

The host institution will work co-operatively with the Leisure Studies Association to charge delegates who are non-members a fee which includes one year’s membership of the Association and to transfer the monies raised to the Association. 

Queries should be addressed to Dr. Bob Snape, Chair of the Association: 

Bids should be submitted to r.snape@bolton.ac.uk 5.00 p.m. 31st January 2015.


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