Call for Papers | “Leisure Identities, Health and Wellbeing”, Leisure Studies Association Virtual Conference 2021 | Hosted by Solent University, July 6–8, 2021. Call ends March 5, 2021

Solent University is delighted to be hosting the 2021 Leisure Studies Association Virtual Conference focusing on leisure identities, health and wellbeing.We welcome scholars from a range of disciplines, as well as practitioners, to Solent University to discuss: ‘What role does leisure play in addressing ‘healthy’ identities, for who, and for what purpose?’ The conference will take place online – further details to follow.

Conference Theme

Recognising the history of interlocking forces of oppression in addition to Covid-19, we invite academics, students, and practitioners to reconsider the role and significance of leisure (as an expansive subject area) to creating a social world based on social justice, equity and equality.

To critically explore the relationship between leisure and ‘health’, wellbeing and identities, we specifically invite papers to respond to one or more elements of what we have termed ‘the Four Ps’:

We particularly welcome papers which explore the tensions and opportunities arising from conducting multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research.

Abstracts and Conference Registration Information

Call for abstracts – submission deadline: 5 March 2021. Call for abstracts are open. Please submit your abstract using the link below. Feedback on abstracts will be given within four weeks and by 31 March at the latest.

     Submit your abstract.    

Registration information – registration deadline: 31 May 2021

Conference fees are £20 for students, retired and non-waged; and £40 for everyone else. These fees include 2021/22 membership to the Leisure Studies Association (worth £18 and £33 respectively). All members who have a recurring LSA membership will have their membership fee reimbursed.


The organising committee are committed to making the conference accessible and inclusive to all. Please contact us in confidence at if you require additional support that would enable you to attend the conference. We will respond in a supportive and flexible way to accommodate your needs.

Keynote Speakers

      • Professor Samantha King, Queen’s University, Canada
      • Dr Brad Millington, Brock University, Canada
      • Dr Shamser Sinha, University of Suffolk, UK
      • Professor Les Back, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Click here to check out the conference webpage for further information.
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