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Submit your abstracts for the Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Annual Conference 2018

Abstract submissions are invited under the conference theme of 'Mobilising Change: Creative and Critical Leisure Practices in the Post-Disciplinary Era'

Conference aims

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

Abstracts related to conference themes

These themes (see more detail below) are managed by the conference organisers. Please contact LSA2018@bath.ac.uk for further information,

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

  • Full title of paper as it will appear in the conference programme.
  • Name, institutional affiliation and email address.
  • 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.

We will notify authors of abstract acceptance and submit their completed sessions by 1 March 2018.

Abstracts submitted to planned conference sessions

The conference sessions (see more detail below) are managed by the individual session organisers. Please contact them directly for further information.

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

  • Full title of paper as it will appear in the conference programme.
  • Name, institutional affiliation and email address.
  • 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)
  • Special session topic and a 150 word (max) biography.

Session organisers will notify authors of abstract acceptance and submit their completed sessions by 1 March 2018.

Submit your abstract proposal to LSA2018@bath.ac.uk

Conference themes

Six themes have been identified around leisure problematics, contexts and interrelated matters of concern. These are:

  • Digital and physical cultures
  • Embodied health and well-being
  • Critical pedagogies in public and education spaces
  • Co-creating research - innovative methodologies
  • Inequality, power and change
  • Sustainable communities - people and places

More detail about the conference themes

Conference sessions

In addition to the conference themes there are five sessions, four of which are open to abstract submission for presentation within the session. The confirmed sessions are:

Race, Ethnicity, and Children’s Leisure

This session is open to submissions
Session Organiser: Utsa Mukherjee, Royal Holloway, University of London
Email Address: utsa.mukherjee.2015@live.rhul.ac.uk

Researching the non-human: Diverse approaches to multi-species leisure

This session is open to submissions
Session organisers: Dr Paula Danby, Queen Margaret University, pdanby@qmu.ac.uk and Dr Rebecca Finkel, Queen Margaret University, rfinkel@qmu.ac.uk

Tipping Points: The Role of Events and Public Space in Social Change

This session is open to submissions
Session Organizer: Rasul A. Mowatt, Indiana University
Email address: ramowatt@indiana.edu

Applied Case Studies in Change Management in Tourism, Hospitality and Destination Management

This session is open to submissions
Session organiser: Dr. Albert Franz Stöckl, IMC Krems University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Email address: albert.stoeckl@fh-krems.ac.at

Blue spaces, Inter-disciplinarily, Mobilising Change?

This session is not open to submissions
Session organizer: Dr Belinda Wheaton, (University of Waikato)
Email address: bwheaton@waikato.ac.nz

Doing Leisure In Later Life: Meanings, Movements & Memories

This session is not open to submissions
Session Organiser: Cassandra Phoenix (University of Bath, UK)
Email address: C.Phoenix@bath.ac.uk

Dark heritage sites and the H2020 UNREST project: why do people set up museums of difficult history and why do people visit them?

This session is not open to submissions
Session Organiser: Nina Parish (University of Bath, UK)
Email address: N.Parish@bath.ac.uk

More detail about the conference sessions

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