LSA 2014 Sport, Festivity and Digital Culture 7–9 July 2014 brings together comparative and contrasting perspectives on both the digital age in leisure and digital practices as leisure – as prevalent in cultural forms such as sport or festivity and other leisure pursuits. The conference takes place in a particularly important year for both Scotland and the global sporting and cultural communities. Scotland plays host to the XXth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup in 2014 at Gleneagles. Culturally, 2014 also marks the second “Year of Homecoming”, encouraging the successors of the global Scottish diaspora to return home for a year of cultural “extravaganza and festivity”.
LSA 2014 Conference Themes (see sub-themes expanded details)
- Sport (sport tourism; sport and the outdoors; sport and festivity; sport and community engagement)
- Festivity (festivals, events and identity politics; festivals, events and the common good; assessing the cultural value of festivals and events)
- Digital cultures (festivals, events and digital cultures; sport and digital cultures; digital leisure communities)
- Emerging researchers. The conference will host a PhD Strand with Panel Question and Answer session and early career workshops led by LSA members. Papers across (and beyond) the main conference themes are encouraged.
- Open stream. In addition to papers addressing one of the main conference themes, novel research outside those thematic foci is also welcome. The open stream of the conference is designed to encourage / enable conference participation for Members and others for whom the current year’s theme is not within their particular area of interest, but have a contribution to make to leisure studies theory, methodology, policy and pedagogy.
Hosted by University of the West of Scotland Paisley Campus
Committee Chair: Prof. Gayle McPherson
Deadline for proposals Jan. 15, 2014