Call for Papers | “Leisure’s Power: Oppression and Resistance”, 16th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research | Online, May 29 – June 1, 2021. Call ends December 1, 2020

The Canadian Association for Leisure Studies (CALS) is hosting its 16th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research (CCLR) in association with the 2021 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences online, due to the on-going global COVID-19 pandemic (

As set out in the TALS/ANZALS/CALS/LARASA/LSA/AEME Joint Charge Statement in June of 2020, it is time to respond to the “greater need to tackle the …ways that leisure conscripts oppression onto the Other” as well as to understand how “leisure can also resist that conscription”. (

In accordance with this charge, the overall theme of this CCLR is leisure’s power. Specifically abstracts that address the following and related topics are particularly appreciated:

  • Advocacy
  • Allyship
  • Anti-Black racism
  • Anti-racism
  • Colonialism
  • Disability
  • Diversity
  • Environmentalism
  • Equity
  • Homophobia
  • Inclusion
  • Indigeneity
  • Inequality
  • Injustice
  • Justice
  • Marginalization
  • Oppression
  • Postcolonialism
  • Privatization
  • Protest
  • Quality of life
  • Restorative justice
  • Violence
  • Voice
  • White supremacy
  • Xenophobia

Having noted the overall theme, CCLR16 will also continue the inclusive tradition of past CCLRs in inviting and welcoming abstracts from all areas of interest in leisure studies and beyond. Anyone who has any questions regarding potential fit is encouraged to contact Conference Co-Chair/Program Chair Shintaro Kono at

Abstracts may be submitted in one of the following formats (described in more detail below):

      1. Traditional Paper
      2. Working Paper
      3. Poster
      4. Themed Session
      5. Alternative Format

All formats are considered of equal scholarly status. The program committee will coordinate the double-blind review and assessment of all submissions. It will also make final decisions regarding the program.

Fully complete abstracts submitted by midnight on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 will be considered for presentation at the Congress. Instructions for submitting an abstract are detailed below.

Any abstract previously published or presented at another national or regional meeting is not acceptable for presentation at CCLR16. However, new aspects of the previously published or presented material may be considered. All applicants are bound by ethical rules that prohibit plagiarism in writing or oral presentations.

Note for students. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts reporting empirical research, theoretical work, and works-in-progress. Student submissions will undergo the same review process as non-student submissions. Students are welcome to submit abstracts as a Poster or Traditional Paper; however, they may also want to consider the Working Paper option as it is designed to provide constructive critique of a submission.

How to submit

Abstracts must be sent electronically, as attachments, to Please read ALL instructions carefully before completing an abstract submission. Abstracts may be submitted in either English or French. Abstracts will be published in the language in which they were submitted and should reflect the preferred language of presentation. Changes to submitted abstracts will not be accepted after the deadline.


The primary contact for each abstract will be informed of the status (accepted/rejected) of their submission in February 2021. Presenters of accepted abstracts will be advised of registration deadlines to confirm places in the program at that time.

Meeting Participation/Registration

All individuals attending the congress (including presenters) are required to register and pay the registration fee before their presentations are officially added to the program. This includes ALL presenters, moderators, and organization representatives who attend he conference.

Presentation Formats

There are five formats for presentation at CCLR16:

Traditional Paper

Individual presentations allow for a brief overview of the major points/highlights of a particular research project, program, or paper. Papers are limited to 20 minutes (15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion). Paper presentations must report on work completed by the author(s).

Working Paper

Working papers can be research proposals, conceptual papers, or empirical papers. Research proposals should include research questions or hypotheses, a brief summary of the literature that has informed the questions, and proposed methods for data collection and analysis. An empirical paper should include the same elements as a research proposal submission and also some preliminary analysis. Conceptual papers should include a description of the relevant literature and some preliminary ideas for the theoretical contribution.

Working paper submissions that are accepted will be grouped with other working papers. Each author will have 5 minutes to informally present their ideas and will then listen for 10 minutes as the other participants discuss the author’s ideas/work. There will be 5 minutes at the end for follow-up questions or discussion. Authors will be expected to review each other’s work in advance and come prepared to participate in these discussions.


The poster session is a visual paper. Material will be mounted on free standing display panels and interpreted by the author during the poster exhibition session (this is mandatory). Abstracts must be informational and must report on work completed. The format for a poster session is the same as for traditional papers.

Themed Session

A themed session is a collection of no more than four papers contributed by a group of individuals, usually from different institutions/organizations, on a single theme. Each participant delivers a paper relevant to the theme. The chair presides over the presentations and discusses the papers as they relate to each other and the overall topic. Themed sessions are 90-minutes to allow for presentation and discussion. Presenter diversity for themed sessions is strongly encouraged.

Alternative Format

The program committee welcomes submissions that propose alternative formats (e.g., performances, screenings, debates, flipped presentations, etc.).

Abstract Submission Instructions

1. Abstracts must not exceed 600 words in length. Abstracts failing to meet this requirement will be rejected without review. Three-to-five keywords and a reference list are required, but do not count toward the abstract length.
2. For traditional papers, working papers, posters, and alternative format presentations, abstracts must include a title and describe the purpose of the proposed presentation, explain the approach used (e.g., theoretical lens, methods), describe the ideas or findings it will explore, and articulate the practical or scholarly relevance that makes it suitable for CCLR16. For themed sessions, abstracts must be submitted for each presentation and submitted collectively in one document. A brief description of the session theme and its relevance to CCLR16 should accompany the joint submission.
3. All author identification must be removed from the document properties of each submission (for PC users, in Word, go to File, then properties, summary and remove author name; for Mac users, in Word, go to Preferences, Security, remove personal information from this file on save). Contact information, including the name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address of the principal author and names and institutional affiliations of any co-authors, should be listed on a separate page. These will be removed for the double-blind review process.
4. The author(s) must indicate a preferred format: traditional paper, or developmental paper, or poster, or themed session, or alternative (see above for description of each type of format).


Questions? For questions regarding submission and review of CCLR16 abstracts, contact Conference Co-Chair/Program Chair Shintaro Kono

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