Call for Papers | “Enacting Leisure: Recreating Leisure”, Leisure Studies Association Conference | Leeds Beckett University, UK, 4–6 July 2017

Spaces of Leisure. Photograph: Anthony Hernandez

Research in the field of leisure studies emphasises the role played by leisure as part of people’s everyday lives. It is a different approach in which a concern for others demands a critical analysis of socio-political processes.  It requires a measure of reflexivity and an intersectional appreciation of the situatedness of what we study. This conference looks to speak to others who are interested in examining the social role of processes that commonly go unnoticed/unremarked because they are taken for the everyday. These are subject areas to which everyone can lay a claim to some measure of expertise.

The aims of this conference are:

  1. To explore the ways in which leisure has been and is enacted around us; and
  2. To explore ways in which leisure, and leisure studies, can be and are being re-created now

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Sarah Neal, Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield
  • Kevin Hannam, Professor of Tourism Mobilities, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Simone Fullagar, Professor of Sport Social Sciences, University of Bath
  • Kehinde Andrews, Associate Professor of Sociology, Birmingham City University


We invite contributions which address the conference themes from a range of subject fields and disciplines including, but not limited to; leisure studies, sport studies, physical education, sociology, events, tourism, hospitality, media and communication, geography, cultural studies, the arts, gender studies, ethnic and racial studies, and social anthropology.

  • Enacting Leisure: Identities, Lifestyles, and Play
    Within this stream we invite a range of papers that critically consider leisure in the enactment of individual and cultural identities and lifestyles.
  • Spaces of Leisure
    Within this stream we invite papers 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.
  • Leisure and social justice
    Within this stream we invite papers 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.
  • Leisure mobilities
    Within this stream we invite papers that explore leisure from a range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives that, as well as areas more familiar to those working within leisure studies, might encompass such fields as critical geography, social movement research and the study of language and interaction in motion.
  • 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.

Abstract Submissions

Abstracts can take one of two forms:

  • Individual: single abstracts from individuals/co-researchers submitting a paper that addresses the conference theme or themes
  • Proposed panel: a set of abstracts (three minimum) from a group of individuals/co-researchers submitting a coherent set of papers that address the conference themes and which could be scheduled together in one parallel session


  • Abstracts should be 250-350 words, structured as follows:
  • Full title of paper as it will appear in the conference programme.
  • Abstract main body, including background (outline of the context and/or academic literature informing the research), approach (indication of the broad theoretical orientation and/or methodological approach) and significance (description and application of the original research findings reported in the paper).
  • At which conference theme the paper is aimed.

In addition please include a 150 word biography.

Submit all abstracts to

Key dates

Abstract submission: 28 February 2017
Notification of decision: 28 February 2017
Early bird registration deadline: 5 May 2017
Registration deadline: 5 June 2017
Conference: 4-6 July 2017

To register your interest and for details on conference fees, accommodation and practical information visit

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