Department for Health

Call for session proposals: 2018 Leisure Studies Association Conference

Sun Oct 01 01:00:00 BST 2017

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

Deadline for session submissions: 1 October 2017
Conference dates: 10-12 July 2018

The Conference Committee invites proposals for session topics 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 LSA 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

Session formats

Session organizers are welcome to propose creative and innovative sessions that connect with the broader themes. This call will generate session topics for conference participants to choose from during the next Call for Abstracts released on 21st October, 2017. Session organizers for included sessions are responsible for accepting or declining participants for their sessions.

Please note the following different format options:

  • Traditional paper presentation sessions (4 - 5 papers per session). These sessions will be open to submissions of well developed research during the call for paper abstracts.
  • Completed paper presentation sessions, whereby the entire session is pre-constituted (4 - 5 already selected papers fitting with the session topic). For these sessions, include the name, institutional affiliation, and title of each presenter along with the session abstract. The individual paper abstracts for these sessions will be due at the same time as other abstracts. These sessions can also include a commentator, who should be listed in the session proposal.
  • Panel sessions, with a focused theme to be addressed by a panel of discussants. Session organizers should include the names and institutional affiliations of panel members along with the session abstract.
  • Roundtable sessions, which can include less developed, preliminary or exploratory research. These sessions can include 4 - 5 presenters for 5 minute introductions of research, followed by discussion among those presenting and conference attendees who join the roundtable. These sessions can be open for abstract submissions or can be pre-constituted. Pre-constituted sessions should include the names and institutional affiliations of all presenters. Abstracts for pre-constituted sessions will be due at the same time as all other abstracts.

All session proposals must include the name, institutional affiliation, and email address of the session organizer; a title and a brief abstract (150 words maximum) that describes the session and ideally how the session aligns with a general conference stream. For pre-constituted sessions, include the names, titles and institutional affiliations of the presenters in the session.

Submission process

Submit session proposals via email to by 1st October 2017.

Please direct any questions to the Conference Co-Conveners; Professor Simone Fullagar, Dr Jessica Francombe-Webb and Dr Emma Rich at

Acceptance of proposals

Session organizers will be notified of the acceptance of their proposed session by the end of October 2017. The general Call for Abstracts will be released on October 21st 2017.