University of Bath

Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Annual Conference 2018

This conference explores the ways in which leisure has been and is enacted around us; and how leisure, and leisure studies, can be and are being re-created now.

10 Jul 20189.00am
12 Jul 20185.00pm

Mobilising Change: Creative and Critical Leisure Practices in the Post-Disciplinary Era

Hosted by the Physical Culture, Sport and Health Research Group, this international conference aims to bring together academics, students, practitioners, policy makers and activists working across leisure, sport, tourism, arts and events.

The conference offers a unique intellectual post-disciplinary space for generating important connections across particular issues and contexts that are being explored in allied fields. By inviting diverse disciplinary perspectives, methodological and theoretical approaches from within, and beyond the field, the conference situates the study of leisure within the post-disciplinary era. Debates about post-disciplinarity in related fields have identified the need for more flexible and creative approaches to researching objects of inquiry that move beyond disciplinary conventions. We ask how are leisure practices and knowledges formed, sustained and contested? What do different leisure practices ‘do’ in effecting and affecting change, or reproducing power relations that perpetuate inequalities and undermine well-being, communities and the environment? With an increasing emphasis on identifying and measuring research ‘impact’, the conference invites debate about ‘how’ research can make a difference in the neoliberal context of higher education.

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). Six streams have been identified around leisure problematics, contexts and interrelated matters of concern:

  • 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 these themes

Call for abstracts

Abstract submissions are invited under the six streams of the conference. In addition there are four sessions at the conference which are open to paper submissions. Full details of the conference streams and sessions can be found on the conference call for abstracts page below.

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

Key dates

  • Call for abstracts released: 21 October 2017
  • Call for abstracts deadline: 1 February 2018
  • Notification of decision: 1 March 2018
  • Early Bird conference registration deadline: 18 May 2018
  • Conference registration deadline: 2 July 2018

Conference fees

Full conference registration is inclusive of the cost for the BBQ dinner (Tuesday 10 July) and conference dinner (Wednesday 11 July), but not accommodation.

Registration type Cost
Early Bird Rates - Registration deadline: 18 May 2018
Full LSA member £345
Full non-member + LSA membership £385
Student LSA member £285
Student non-member + LSA membership £325
Day rate flat rate (no dinners included) £160
Student day flat rate (no dinners included) £120
Standard Rates - Final Registration deadline: 2 July 2018
Full LSA member £360
Full non-member + LSA membership £400
Student LSA member £300
Student non-member + LSA membership £340
Day rate flat rate (no dinners included) £160
Student day flat rate (no dinners included) £120
University of bath Staff Rates
University of Bath staff rate £290
University of Bath student rate £200
University of Bath staff day rate (no dinners included) £120
University of Bath student day rate (no dinners included) £100
** meals for day registrants or conference partners**
BBQ dinner for day registrants (Tuesday 10 July) £15
Conference dinner (3 course menu) (Wednesday 11 July) £45


On-campus accommodation at Solsbury Court can be booked for the duration of the conference at a discounted rate of £45 per night. Accommodation can be booked as part of the registration process.

Organising Committee

Images of Research competition

As part of the Leisure Studies Association conference we will be awarding prizes for poster submissions across the categories of most visually engaging poster, best poster by an academic and best poster by a non-academic.

Submit your poster for the Images of Research competition.

Travel Grant

The LSA Bursary Award Scheme, has been implemented to enable undergraduate and graduate student participation in LSA 3-day conference events. The scheme awards £100 each to a pre-designated number of students who have submitted a proposal through the regular procedure and have been accepted onto the annual summer conference programme.

How to apply for an LSA student bursary