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Gender, Physical Education and Active Lifestyles: Researching Young People’s Experiences Conference

The Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure at Leeds Beckett University is pleased to announce a forthcoming conference on 11th September 2017 at the Headingley campus.

This one day conference will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Emeritus Professor Sheila Scraton’s book, Shaping Up To Womanhood: Gender and Girls’ Physical Education. The conference will provide a space for socio-critical and/or feminist discussions on young people’s experiences of physical education, sport, health and active lifestyles. The conference will appeal to a diverse audience including postgraduate students, early career and established scholars, practitioners and policy makers.

The conference aims to:

  • Celebrate 25 years of research in gender, PE and active lifestyles since the publication of Shaping Up To Womanhood (Scraton, 1992).
  • Provide opportunities to explore young people’s changing experiences of PE and active lifestyles.
  • Offer a forum for debating theoretical, methodological, and policy developments.
  • Provide a forum for discussing the possibilities and prospects for future research in gender, PE and active lifestyles.

We welcome papers including those with an empirical, theoretical, methodological, and/or policy focus, or those offering insights into the possibilities and prospects for future research and practice.

There will be an opportunity for selected papers to be included in a special edition of the journal Sport, Education and Society.

If you have any queries please contact: Annette Stride: a.stride@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

For more information about research in physical education, sport and physical activity at Leeds Beckett please visit the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure website.

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  • Abstract submission: 1 March 2017
  • Notification of decision: 7 April 2017
  • Registration opens: 1 March 2017
  • Registration deadline: 4 September 2017
  • Conference: 11 September 2017
Plus Icon Keynote speakers
  • Sheila Scraton – Emeritus Professor Leisure and Feminist Studies, Leeds Beckett University
  • Emma Rich – Reader in the Department for Health, University of Bath
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We are committed to keeping conference fees as low as possible for all delegates. Our conference fee has been priced at £50 for those in full time employment and £25 for postgraduate students.

Registration includes lunch, refreshments and drinks reception.


Pre-Conference dinner


For those delegates arriving the evening before the conference we will be organising a meal at Weetwood Hall hotel. Please note the meal is optional and the costs are not included in the conference fee, and will be payable on the night by delegates.

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 09:15 - 09:45  Registration
 09:45 - 10:00  Introduction
 10:00 - 11:00  Opening Keynote: Professor Sheila Scraton
 11:15 - 12:45  Session 1: Parallel Sessions
 12:45 - 13:45  Lunch (included in the price)
 13:45 - 15:15  Session 2: Parallel Sessions
 15:15 - 15:45  Refreshments
 15:45 - 16:45  Closing Keynote: Dr Emma Rich
 16:45 - 17:00  Closing comments
17:00 - 18:00   Drinks Reception (Included in the price)
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The conference will take place at our Headingley Campus. Set in 100 acres of park land, the campus is a few miles from the city centre, easily accessible by bus and train.

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.

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