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

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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