Second Call for Papers | Football as ‘Inclusive Leisure’ | Southampton Solent University, 20th May 2015

The Midweek Floodlit League concept is becoming increasingly as an alternative way for players to access 11v11 competitive football, which does not impact on work, family and other social or leisure commitments.
The Midweek Floodlit League concept is becoming increasingly as an alternative way for players to access 11v11 competitive football, which does not impact on work, family and other social or leisure commitments.

Football as ‘Inclusive Leisure’ is a one day event hosted by Southampton Solent University in conjunction with Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research and Leisure Studies AssociationThis call is also keen to generate interest from early career researchers and postgraduate students who would be keen to submit poster presentations.

Football as leisure is indeed an interesting and well established concept. For some, football is a physical pursuit, a way to be at leisure while conditioning the body; for others, it meets distinctly social ends and allows a sense of community to be imagined in the face of broader social and political change. Football as inclusive leisure however is an idea that is less well defined. Although, the notion football should be more inclusive is universally popular, and certainly topical given various, recent high-profile cases of racism, sexism and homophobia, as well as fan activism, how the football industry might work collectively toward achieving inclusivity is more uncertain.

This event, hosted by the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research at Southampton Solent University and the Leisure Studies Association, seeks to understand better the usefulness of football as a vehicle for inclusion. But perhaps most uniquely, it will bring together football and leisure scholars, educators and professionals from across the industry. In order to move past a mere philosophical conversation about football as an inclusive form of leisure, which is indeed an important endeavour in and of itself, this conference will promote the virtues offered by a number of stakeholders by uniting through the sharing of ideas and best practice.

Papers/workshops/posters are invited on the following themes:

  • Fandom and Spectatorship
  • Digital Football Cultures
  • Football for Development
  • Football beyond Leisure (open stream)

Single abstracts from individuals/ co-researchers submitting a paper that addresses a conference theme or themes (Limited to one paper per main presenter(s)

Abstracts should be 200-300 words, structured as follows and submitted by email to Dr Stefan Lawrence at: stefan.lawrence@solent.ac.uk

  • Biography for each author approximately 100 words including contact details
  • Full title of paper
  • Abstract main body
  • Most relevant conference theme (Fandom and Spectatorship, Football for Development, Digital Football Culture, Football beyond Leisure, Open theme)

Deadline for abstracts: Tuesday March 31st 2015.

Please visit the conference website for further information and updates.

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