Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Conference
The internationally acclaimed annual Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Conference is aimed at academics, students, practitioners, policy makers and professionals who work broadly within leisure, sports, tourism and events.
The aims of the conference are to explore:
- The ways in which leisure has been and is enacted around us.
- How leisure, and leisure studies, can be and are being re-created now.
Leisure studies as an academic discipline has made significant attempts to make sense of the contested, constrained and constructed nature of leisure. Traditionally, studies emphasise the role played by leisure as part of people’s everyday lives. We will be examining the social role of leisure processes that commonly go unnoticed/unremarked because they are taken for the everyday.
The conference will be split into five streams, within the over-arching theme of ‘Enacting leisure, Re-creating leisure’. With a view to answer the following question, ‘What can leisure research on identities, lifestyles and play reveal about social relations, inequalities, power and privilege?’
- Theme 1 - Enacting leisure: identities, lifestyles and play
- Theme 2 - Spaces of leisure
- Theme 3 - Leisure and social justice
- Theme 4 - Leisure mobilities
- Theme 5 - Open stream
If you have any queries please contact: LSA2017@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
For more information about research in leisure at Leeds Beckett please visit the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure.
Best Policy Paper Prize
The Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure & Events is pleased to support the Leisure Studies Association Conference 2017 through awarding the 'best policy paper' prize.
With a swiftly growing academic reputation, the journal is ‘B’ rated by the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC). It has received citations from a number of senior practitioners and influential bodies, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and provides a unique forum for the critical discussion of public policy debates relating to the fields of tourism, leisure and events.
The £50 cash prize will be awarded to the paper that best contributes to current policy debates relating to tourism, leisure or events. This encompasses the economic, social, cultural, political and environmental dimensions of policy.
The winner will be determined by the editors of the journal following an initial review of the submitted abstracts. Those demonstrating an important policy contribution will be shortlisted and the final prize-winner selected based upon the content and quality of their presentation of the work at the conference. As well as the £50 award the winner will be expected to submit a full paper for publication in the journal.
Best Paper Prize
Palgrave Macmillan is pleased to support the Leisure Studies Association Conference, 2017 through awarding the 'best paper' prize. The prize of £200 worth of Palgrave Macmillan books will be awarded to the best paper presented by a postgraduate student or Early Career Researcher. The winner will be selected by members of the Organising Committee following an initial review of the submitted abstracts. Following shortlisting, the final prize-winner will be selected based upon the content and quality of their presentation of the work at the conference. The winner will be announced at the close of the conference on July 6.
Abstract submission: 31 January 2017
Notification of decision: 28 February 2017
Early bird registration deadline: 5 May 2017
Registration deadline: 5 June 2017 NOW CLOSED
Keynote panel questions deadline: 23 June 2017
Conference: 4-6 July 2017
Sarah works in the fields of race, ethnicity, multiculture, community, belonging and place and is currently involved in writing on different aspects of changing geographies and social formations of multiculture in the UK. She is the co-Editor of Sociology and on the editorial board of Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Recent indicative publications include ‘Negotiating the educational spaces of urban multiculture: skills, competencies and college life’- Urban Studies (2016 with K. Bennett, A. Cochrane and G. Mohan), ‘Children’s friendships in diverse settings: primary school teachers and the processes of policy enactment’ - Journal of Education Policy (2016 with C. Vincent and H. Iqbal); ‘Sociologies of Everyday Life Sociology’ (2015 with K. Murji);‘Multiculture and public parks: researching super-diversity and attachment in public green space’- Population, Space and Place (2015 with K. Bennett, A. Cochrane and G. Mohan) and 'Urban Multiculture and everyday encounters in semi-public, franchised cafe spaces' - The Sociological Review (2015 with H. Jones, G. Mohan, A. Cochrane and K. Bennett).
Public space, shared commons and social leisure practices in multicultural societies
Sarah Neal, University of Sheffield
Drawing on datasets from a variety of research projects in urban and rural environments, this presentation will explore the ways in which public space is necessary for social life and livability. I will be following in the footsteps of interdisciplinary others with this argument. For example, Vicky Cattell and colleagues (2008: 544) describe public spaces as a ‘fundamental feature of cities’ and argue that their ‘quality is commonly perceived to be a measure of the quality of urban life’. Don Mitchell (2003: 140) makes the point that public spaces are necessary for publicness to exist - ‘public space is the space of the public’. But it is Iris Marion Young who reminds us of the relationship between public space and social leisure practices when she explains that ‘a public space is a place accessible to anyone, where people engage in activity as individuals or in small groups. In public spaces people are aware of each other’s presence and even at times attend to it. In a city there are a multitude of such public spaces, streets, restaurants, concert halls, parks. In such public spaces, the diversity of the city’s residents come together and dwell side by side, sometimes appreciating one another, entertaining one another, or just chatting, always to go off again as strangers (1986: 21). In the paper I will use empirical findings to explore the tensions and inherent ambivalence of public spaces in multicultural societies: first by thinking through the idea that public space is agentic - how it can successfully invite in ethnically diverse populations to do things. Public parks, squares, streets, beaches, gardens can animate and facilitate a variety of sometimes formal but often informal leisure activities and practices for - and sometimes amongst - socially and ethnically different others. The second theme of the presentation will pay attention to the contestations of public space and their regulating, racializing and exclusionary impacts. Raising questions about public space and leisure activities which are marked by absences and avoidances by multicultural populations troubles and challenges notions of public space as shared commons. This works as reminder to that the constitutive relationship between public space, leisure practices and social well-being tends to be more aspirational than certain.
Cattell V, Dines N, Gelser W and Curtis S (2008) Mingling, observing and lingering: everyday public spaces and their implications for well-being and social relations, Health and Place, 14, 3: 544-61
Mitchell D. (2003) The right to the city: social justice and the fight for public space, NYC, Guildford Press
Young I.M. (1986) The ideal of community and the politics of difference Social Theory and Practice 12, 1: 1-26
Kevin Hannam is Professor of Tourism Mobilities in the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. He is a founding co-editor of the journals Mobilities and Applied Mobilities and is co-editor of the books The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities Research, Tourism and Leisure Mobilities and Event Mobilities. He has a PhD in geography from the University of Portsmouth, UK and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), vice-chair of the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research (ATLAS) and a research affiliate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Building Walls and Leisure/Border Mobilities
Professor Kevin Hannam, Edinburgh Napier University
In this presentation I draw upon work from the mobilities literature to further develop an understanding of the contemporary politics of leisure mobilities. While it may be argued that the study of leisure mobilities has antecedents in much earlier research in terms of liminal spaces, research into contemporary mobilities are both quantitatively and qualitatively different in that the study of border mobilities is not just about researching movement but also about theorising different practices of movement and their multiple interconnections. It also recognises the fundamental politics of mobilities such that we cannot conceptualise leisure/border mobilities without paying attention to issues of social exclusion as well as wider geopolitical structures. In this presentation I thus wish to consider leisure mobilities in relation to contemporary processes of debordering and rebordering. Borders, on the one hand, are commonly seen as inhibitors of mobilities, but changes in border processes have led to greater porosity enabling an increase in cross-border leisure practices for those cosmopolitan individuals with the time and money to travel. On the other hand, governmental responses to the refugee crisis, terrorist attacks in Europe, Brexit and the proposed building of a wall between the USA and Mexico, have opened up debates about reinforcing border controls and rebordering which may then lead to further leisure constraints.
In 2014 Simone moved from Griffith University, Australia, to take up the inaugural position of Chair in Physical Cultural Studies at the University of Bath, UK. Simone is an interdisciplinary sociologist who undertakes qualitative research into the gendered formation of leisure practices, health discourses and emotional wellbeing (funded by the Australian Research Council). She has published widely using feminist post-structuralist and new materialist theories to critically explore active living policy, female depression and recovery, healthy lifestyles and inequality, liveability and the embodiment of alternative physical cultures (from cycle tourism and parkrun to roller derby).
In recognition of her gender research, Simone was presented with the Shaw-Mannell Award for Leisure Research by the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2015. She was previously President of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) for four years. Simone is currently working on a new book A feminist biopolitics of women’s depression and recovery (with W. O’Brien & A. Pavlidis) to be published by Palgrave.
Dr Kehinde Andrews is Associate Professor of Sociology, and has been leading the development of the Black Studies degree at Birmingham City University. He recently co-edited Blackness in Britain (2016) and is working on his next book The Politics of Black Radicalism. His first book was Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement (2013). Kehinde is director of the Centre for Critical Social Research; founder of the Organisation of Black Unity; and co-chair of the Black Studies Association.
Will the British sports stars please stand up? Activism, Blackness and sports -Kehinde Andrews, Birmingham City University
Former Liverpool player Howard Gayle turned down an MBE last year because it would be ‘a betrayal to all of the Africans who have lost their lives, or who have suffered as a result of Empire’. Whilst it was refreshing to see a sports personality stand up for principles of Black politics, it was also a reminder of how rare such occurrences are in Britain. The West Indies cricket team have legendary status for taking a bat to the old colonial order during their dominance in the seventies. But their power was in their success, rather than in overt political actions. In football, the campaign to ‘Kick Racism Out of Football’ is commonplace, and there have been instances where footballers have spoken out, like when Rio Ferdinand came to the defence of his brother, Anton. However, these campaigns and incidents are limited to issues on the pitch, in the game and rarely tied to bigger issues of racism in society. The Howard Gayle incident was more marked in its isolation by the protest that Colin Kapernick, an American football quarterback for the San Franciso 49ers took in protesting by kneeling through the national anthem. He faced widespread condemnation and a threat to his livelihood by taking a stand not against racism in the sport, but in wider society. His actions sparked a movement across team sports in America and was reminiscent of the iconic picture of Tommie Smith and John Carlos giving the Black Power salute at the 1960 Olympics in Mexico. Given the long history of Black activism, particularly by American sports stars, this paper will consider why similar actions have not taken place in Britain and ask whether this generation’s activism will enter the world of sports.
As part of its newly established ‘Research Development Fund’ the Leisure Studies Association has kindly agreed to support a limited number of colleagues to attend the LSA conference 2017 via a travel and accommodation grant scheme. UK-based colleagues could be granted up to £250 and overseas colleagues up to £500 to facilitate their travel and accommodation costs associated with conference attendance. The scheme is available to new and existing members only. Only colleagues attending the entire conference and presenting a paper will qualify. Postgraduate students, early career researchers and non-waged are particularly encouraged to apply.
Colleagues wishing to apply will have to provide the following:
- A statement of their suitability and ‘need’ (max. two pages)
- An indication of full travel cost and how LSA grand funding would be used
- A supporting letter from either their host institution and/or research supervisor
Successful colleagues will normally be reimbursed upon attendance. Should colleagues require any funds up front, please discuss with the conference organising committee.
Please send queries and applications to LSA2017@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is Monday 10th April. Applicants will be informed of a decision in time to benefit from the early bird registration rates.
Registration for the conference is now closed.
Call for Abstracts
The deadline for Abstract submissions for 2017 has now passed.
Theme 1 - Enacting leisure: identities, lifestyles, and play
Within this stream we invite abstracts that critically consider leisure in the enactment of individual and cultural identities and lifestyles.
Theme 2 - Spaces of leisure
We invite abstracts 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.
Theme 3 - Leisure and social justice
For this stream we invite abstracts 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.
Theme 4 - Leisure mobilities
Here we invite papers that explore leisure from a range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives that, as well as areas more familiar to those researchers working within leisure studies, might encompass such fields as critical geography, social movement research and the study of language and interaction in motion.
Theme 5 - Open stream
In addition to the four central streams, we invite submissions in any other area of leisure research.
Post-graduate roundtable/workshop Post-graduate students are encouraged to apply to any stream. There will also be opportunity to participate in additional career and research development activities led by prominent academics.
Details to follow…
The conference programme is designed to offer delegates plenty of time and space for networking, socialising and relaxing, in addition to attending the keynote and parallel sessions.
Tuesday 4 July - evening
Taylor and Francis wine reception.
Night at Roxy Lanes bowling: http://www.roxylanes.co.uk/
Delegates are invited to bowl, eat and socialise on Tues 4 July at Roxy Lanes bowling alley in Leeds. This is a small venue, with four bowling lanes, which we have booked in advance. A maximum of 28 people can bowl, but there is space for everyone to eat, drink and have a good time. Roxy Lanes will be providing a hot buffet. The cost of bowling and food is £16 per head. For those who just want to eat, the cost is £10, to be paid on the night.
Wednesday 5 July - evening
The conference dinner will be a summer barbeque and drinks reception at The Tetley, a contemporary art and event space located in the art deco headquarters of the former Tetley brewery in central Leeds. The dinner fee is £40, which includes Prosecco on arrival and wine with the meal.
For delegates who seek their own entertainment, Leeds offers a vibrant array of leisure options.
The conference venue is The Rose Bowl, the flagship development for Leeds Beckett University and a landmark for the city of Leeds. This centrally located state of the art development features the very latest in modern conferencing facilities and design, including free Wi-Fi. It is within easy walking distance of major hotels, restaurants and bars, as well as the train station and other public transport links.
Getting to Leeds:
Leeds is centrally located in in the UK, making the city easily accessible to delegates:
Just two hours from London by train, with direct train links to most major UK cities.
Leeds Bradford International Airport provides speedy domestic links and daily flights from more than 65 destinations and a wide network of inbound connections worldwide.
Leeds is at the heart of the UK motorway network, with excellent connections in all directions. The A1 and M1 link to the north and south, and the M62 to the east and west.
Katherine is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. Her research focuses on gender and identity within sport and leisure, with a particular emphasis on human-animal interactions within leisure spaces. She has published widely on topics including gender, sexuality and class within sport, and the relationships between humans, nonhumans and space in relation to leisure practices. She is author of ‘Human-animal relationships in equestrian sport and leisure’ (Routledge, 2017) and editor of ‘Diversity, equity and inclusion in sport and leisure’ (Routledge, 2014), ‘Sports events, society and culture’ (Routledge, 2014) and ‘Rural tourism: An international perspective (Cambridge scholars, 2014). Katherine was the academic lead for the ‘Active countryside tourism’ conference, hosted in association with the Regional Studies Association at Leeds Metropolitan, 2013. She is on the editorial advisory boards for International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Sociology of Sport Journal and Sociology.
Thomas is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and Secretary of the LSA. He specialises in the sociology of race and ethnicity, sport and leisure. He has published widely on the topics of race/ethnicity and sport in academic journals and books. He is editor of ‘Cricket, migration and diasporic communities (Routledge, 2015) and co-editor of ‘Sport, leisure and social justice’ (Routledge, 2016), ‘Diversity, equity and inclusion in sport and leisure’ (Routledge, 2014) and ‘Sports events, society and culture’ (Routledge, 2014). Tom is currently writing a monograph on sport, families and fatherhood (Palgrave Macmillan). Tom was the convenor of the ‘cricket, migration and diasporic communities around the world’ conference (2012) hosted by Leeds Beckett University and co-convenor of a specialist workshop at the European Association of Sport Management conference in 2014. He is Associate Editor of Palgrave Communications and sits on the editorial boards for Sociological Research Online, Soccer & Society and Sport in Society.
Professor Spracklen is a former Chair of the LSA. Spracklen's work on leisure uses history, philosophy and sociology to understand the meaning and purpose of leisure: how free leisure choices are, and how much modern leisure is a product of constraints. He has published three key monographs on leisure theory, with Palgrave Macmillan: The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure (2009); Constructing Leisure: Historical and Philosophical Debates (2011); and Whiteness and Leisure (2013). Professor Spracklen has published widely on leisure in journals such as Leisure Studies and the World Leisure Journal. He is interested in subcultures, identities, spaces and hegemonies of leisure - his research on tourism, folk music and morris, Goth, heavy metal and sport is all underpinned by a concern with the problem of leisure. His research is influenced by Habermas, Adorno, Gramsci, Bourdieu and Marx. Professor Spracklen was the Chair of the Leisure Studies Association from 2009 to 2013. He remains actively involved in the work of the Association. Professor Spracklen is the joint editor (with Professor Karen Fox) of a book series for Palgrave Macmillan: Leisure Studies in a Global Era. Professor Spracklen is also the author of a textbook on leisure, also published by Palgrave Macmillan: Leisure, Sports and Society (2013). Spracklen was part of the organising committee for LSA 2010.
Samantha’s work is mostly around gender, ageing, and non-mainstream leisure and subcultures. Previous publications include Alternative Femininities: Body, Age and Identity (Berg, 2004); Pole Dancing, Empowerment and Embodiment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); and 'Three generations of women's leisure: changes, challenges and continuities' (Journal of Gender Studies, 22(3), 2013). Her work uses original empirical, ethnographic data, often collected internationally. Participant observation, ethical issues, and the voice of the participants are key aspects of her work, and central to her interest in qualitative methodologies. Samantha co-organised the first University-wide postgraduate research conference in May 2006, was the convener of the Leeds Met Gender Network (2006) and was involved with the organisation of three Gender Network day conferences (150 attendees for each) as part of the Staff Development Festival.
Ian completed his PhD in cultural policy studies in 2012. Since 2013, he has worked on establishing a critical approach to the study of events. His current research follows two closely allied trajectories. The first is inquiring into, and the development of, theoretical frameworks that can establish critical event studies as a rigorous and robust research field. Second is the relationship between discourse and event; especially in the context of social movements, acts of dissent, civil disobedience, civil disorder, and the maintenance of governmental power. In 2013 Ian, together with Karl Spracklen, organised a conference on protest, events and social movements, which formed the foundation of the book Protests as Events: Politics, Activism and Leisure (Co-edited with Karl Spracklen) which was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2015. This has subsequently led on him coordinating a number of academic ‘sand-pit’ symposia with colleagues at Leeds Beckett and Edinburgh Napier universities. He has two books due for publication in 2016 which address issues connected to adopting a critical approaches to the study of events and leisure. He teaches within the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett University.
Brett Lashua is Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University (UK), teaching across entertainment management and critical socio-cultural studies of sport. His scholarship is concerned with ways that young people make sense of their lives through leisure, popular music, and place as well as how young people are “made sense of” through particular representational and narrative strategies. He is co-editor (with Stephen Wagg and Karl Spracklen) of Sounds and the City: Popular Music, Place, and Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Brett was on the organising committee for the LSA Conference 2010.
Paul Widdop is a Research Fellow in Culture, Leisure and Sport at Leeds Beckett University. His D.Phil examined geographic inequalities in cultural consumption in modern Britain. He works primarily on the social science of leisure and sport, and on the collective nature of these worlds, focusing on how social networks impact upon consumption and production. He was recently part of research team that secured a grant from the ESRC to deliver 12 Knowledge Exchange Trials conferences, focusing on bringing policy makers and academics together to develop lasting networks. These were delivered nationally in venues such as, Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly; and Department for Work and Pensions.
Selim is a PhD student in Centre for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at Leeds Beckett University. Coming from a musicology background, his current research focuses on the genealogy of extreme doom metal music networks in northern England and on situating these fringe leisure spaces in related larger cultural groups such as doom metal and extreme metal. His methods include musicological and ethnographic approaches as well as social network analyses. He is an editorial assistant of Metal Music Studies Journal, published by Intellect. He co-organised international and national post-graduate conferences in Turkey, and co-organised the Dark Leisure and Music symposium in September 2016 at Leeds Beckett University.
Dr Damion Sturm is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Events at Leeds Beckett University. With an emerging specialisation in global media cultures (inclusive of sport, celebrity, fan and material cultures), his recent works are on fan cultures and sports as mega/media events (Formula One, Australian cricket and World Cups for Rugby and Cricket, in 2011 and 2015 respectively).
Alistair is currently undertaking full time PhD research at the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett University. His study on absorptive capacity focuses on the way in which event organisations absorb and use knowledge to innovate. In addition, he teaches finance and organisation management part-time and supervises dissertations on our University’s event management course. Prior to joining Leeds Beckett University, Alistair worked in the hotel industry in both the UK and Asia. While working in China, he was involved in new hotel development and staff training in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics and Shanghai Expo. This experience has led to research interests which include tourism development in emerging markets, innovation in hospitality and large-scale event planning.
Ellie is a Senior Lecturer in Events Management at Leeds Beckett University. She is currently in the final stages of her PhD research, which explores volunteerism at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The research aims to offer insights into the profiles of volunteers whilst also exploring volunteers’ understanding and perceptions of disability, disability sport and athletes with disabilities. The research study was approved by the International Paralympic Committee. Recently, Ellie contributed to a research project for the Glasgow Centre for Population Health which explored the experiences and impacts of volunteer applicants for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and a project for the Football Association, focusing on evaluating the FA’s Coaching Disabled Footballers course and disability coach education more broadly.
Gabby is currently undertaking her PhD in the Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Leeds Beckett University.