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Professor Karl Spracklen

Professor Karl Spracklen
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Professor Karl Spracklen


School of Sport

0113 81 23608 Curriculum Vitae

About Professor Karl Spracklen

Karl has held senior officer positions within the Leisure Studies Association, and was its Chair until 2013. He is currently Project Leader for an international conference on inter-disciplinary studies of sport organised by Inter-Disciplinary.Net.

He is also the Secretary of the International Society for Metal Music Studies, the Editor of Metal Music Studies and a key organiser of the British Sociological Association's Alcohol Study Group.

His research interests include leisure theory, communicative leisure, privatization of leisure spaces, tourist spaces and tourist performativity, whiteness and masculinity, class, northernness and national identity, rugby league, whisky and real-ale tourism and various music genres (metal, folk, neo-folk and goth). He researches and writes by himself and in collaboration with a range of other people internally and externally.

Current Teaching

Postgraduate teaching on the MA Leisure, Sport and Culture, along with PhD supervision.

Research Interests

Karl is co-editor (with Professor Karen Fox of the University of Alberta) of a book series for Palgrave Macmillan called Leisure Studies in a Global Era. The first three books in the series include one he has written on Whiteness and Leisure, and one he has co-edited with Leeds Beckett University colleagues Brett Lashua and Steve Wagg on Sounds and the City. This series will have a huge impact globally on leisure studies, tourism, events and related subject fields.

Karl's work on whisky tourism has been featured on Radio 4.