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The REF, Higher Education and Research on Leisure in the UK

posted 4 Dec 2017, 06:14 by LeisureStudiesAssn   [ updated 4 Dec 2017, 06:14 ]

Prof. John Horne has written a short report about the REF and the implications for leisure studies. As the REF is maybe at the fore of our minds as a scholarly community (in the UK at least) we have kind permission to share this article with you. This article was first invited by Dr. John Tower, President of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) and appears here with
his permission in the interest of wider communication about the state of leisure studies.
The full report is available as a PDF here.

New Website and Rebrand: Invitation to Tender

posted 30 Nov 2017, 05:28 by LeisureStudiesAssn

We are inviting companies to apply to develop our new website and create a new brand for the LSA. The deadline for submissions is 26th January 2018, decisions made on 14th February, with a launch planned for July 2018.
Full details of the tender can be found here
Please contact for more information.

Call for Abstracts 2018 Conference

posted 3 Nov 2017, 04:20 by LeisureStudiesAssn

The Conference Committee invites the submission of abstracts for papers that align with the aims of the conference:

  1. To facilitate critical and creative dialogue that responds to the sociopolitical complexity of leisure practices, formations and organisation in contemporary life.
  2. To invite diverse disciplinary perspectives, methodological and theoretical approaches from within, and beyond the field, to situate the study of leisure within in a post-disciplinary future.

The conference seeks to mobilise critical and creative insights, relationships and collaborations between academics, and also with non-academic participants who have been involved in co-created research (artists, activists, policy makers and professionals).

Abstract Submission Process and Key Dates

  • Abstracts should be submitted by 1 February 2018
  • Notification of decision will be made by 1 March 2018

Professor Karl Spracklen Conferred as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

posted 18 Oct 2017, 05:31 by LeisureStudiesAssn

Former chair of the Leisure Studies Association, Prof Karl Spracklen has been conferred as Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences. The LSA nominated Karl for his extensive research in the field of leisure and popular music but for also promoting and championing leisure studies more broadly. Karl acts as an official ambassador for the LSA.

Karl commented that, "I am delighted to be nominated by the Leisure Studies Association for the work I have done in leisure studies and in popular music studies (metal music studies to be precise), and to be elected AcSS to be a fellow. I am excited to be part of the AcSS and hope to be able to contribute to its activities and campaigns"

The Academy of the Social Sciences recognises individuals for their contribution to their fields. 

The Leisure Studies Association Research and Enterprise Development Fund

posted 28 Jul 2017, 04:26 by LeisureStudiesAssn   [ updated 28 Sep 2017, 02:48 ]

The LSA is delighted to launch the Research and Enterprise Development Fund, to provide a potential source of funding to promote both the study of Leisure, and the Leisure Studies Association more broadly. Proposals are invited from existing LSA members[1] in the following categories:

(1)     A research support fund, to support the undertaking of high quality research related to the scope and aims of the LSA.

(2)     A research dissemination fund, to provide support to LSA members to disseminate their work beyond that of ‘traditional’ peer reviewed outlets, not only to other academics interested in the study of leisure, but also to practitioners, policy makers and other interested audiences.

(3)     An enterprise fund, to provide support for enterprising or social entrepreneurial activities related to the overall scope and aims of the LSA.


The types of things that may be considered under each category are as follows:

(1) Research support fund

A range of activities directly related to research activities will be considered, such as travel, fieldwork, networking, and data analysis. Attendance at conferences will not be funded.


(2) Research dissemination fund

Support for any dissemination activity will be considered, such as one-day conferences, seminars, workshops and ‘virtual’ dissemination activities. Activities that involve practitioners, policy makers and non-academic audiences are encouraged.


(3) Enterprise fund

To support any enterprising or social entrepreneurial activities/ideas/events that promote and enhance the scope and aims of the LSA. The fund is particularly keen to support those activities/ideas that use leisure as a vehicle to promote, in their broadest definition, social justice, community development and peace. Applications that have an element of 'match funding' attached to them will also be looked at particularly favourably.

Guidance for Applicants

·       The maximum amount that will be awarded is £2000. There is no minimum amount;

·       Preference will be given to applications that have additional or match-funding, particularly applications to the enterprise fund;

·       Proposals should be no more than 3 sides of A4 and include the following: title, rationale, aims and objectives, project timeline, costs and a brief applicant CV;

·       Proposals which incorporate elements of two or more of the categories are also encouraged.


Applications will be judged by a panel of at least three current LSA members, who will be appointed by the LSA Executive Committee.

Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • The clarity and coherence of proposed activity;
  • The extent to which the proposal is seen to promote and benefit the LSA as a learned society;
  • Realistic costings/budget (and with, where appropriate, evidence of match funding);
  • Originality and creativity.

Further Information

For more information please contact Dr Kat King ( or Dr Ian Jones (

[1] Applicants should normally have been members of LSA for at least 12 months, however applications from newer members may also be considered. 

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

Kevin Hannam, Professor of Tourism Mobilities, Edinburgh Napier University

Simone Fullagar, Professor of Physical Cultural Studies, University of Bath

Kehinde Andrews, Associate Professor of Sociology, Birmingham City University


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


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

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

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 



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: 

Bids should be submitted to 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”

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

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  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 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:

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