LSA 2016: The Keynotes

The 2016 has some brilliant keynote speakers lined up. It is not too late to register to come along!

Karl SpracklenProfessor Karl Spracklen

Up a Creek Without a Paddle? Where Leisure Studies Is and What Can Be Done About It

Leeds Beckett University
Karl has held senior officer positions within the Leisure Studies Association and was its Chair until 2013. He is currently Project Leader for an international conference on inter-disciplinary studies of sport organised by Inter-Disciplinary.Net.

He is also the Secretary of the International Society for Metal Music Studies, the Editor of Metal Music Studies and a key organiser of the British Sociological Association’s Alcohol Study Group. His research interests include leisure theory, communicative leisure, privatisation of leisure spaces, tourist spaces and tourist performativity, whiteness and masculinity, class, northernness and national identity, rugby league, whiskey and real-ale tourism and various music genres (metal, folk, neo-folk and goth).

Nick CrossleyProfessor Nick Crossley

The Micro-Mobilisation of Punk, 1975-6

University of Manchester
Nick Crossley is professor of sociology and co-founder/co-director of the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis at the University of Manchester. He has published widely on issues on music, embodiment, social movements and social networks. His most recent book, Networks of Sound, Style and Subversion (2015, Manchester University Press), analyses the rise of punk and post-punk ‘music worlds’ in Manchester, London, Liverpool and Sheffield during the late 1970s.


In this presentation I will discuss some of the findings of an on-going programme of research looking at the role of social networks in the organisation and mobilisation of ‘music worlds’. Much of the focus of the talk will be taken from my recent book on the emergence of punk in London between 1975-76, its subsequent spread to other UK cities (I look at Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield) and its transformation in those cities into various forms of post-punk. However, I will also discuss a number of related projects which develop the ideas of that study further, using different examples.

Alan TomlinsonProfessor Alan Tomlinson

From Flawed Idealism to Racketeering; FIFA’s betrayal of the Simple Game

University of Brighton
Alan Tomlinson Professor of Leisure Studies at the University of Brighton, UK. He is an internationally renowned scholar and researcher on the social history and sociology of sport, leisure and popular culture. Alan has been a pioneer of the critical social scientific study of sport and is the author of numerous books on sport, leisure and consumption, including FIFA: The Men, The Myths and The Money(Routledge, 2014).


In line with the Conference’s concern with blurring boundaries, and locating leisure in all its intriguing contexts and possibilities, I will review the history, sociology and politics of FIFA from an interdisciplinary, critical interpretivist and investigative perspective – if all of that can be absorbed into a coherent and identifiable perspective.

The formative and foundational principles of FIFA will be reviewed, rooted in document analysis of the ambitions and ideals of a range of international football administrators as well as FIFA’s leaders, demonstrating an emergent sport-diplomatic discourse in FIFA’s first expansionist phase up until the first men’s World Cup in Uruguay in 1930. The real task for us here is to identify how and when collusion becomes corruption, even in FIFA’s earliest decades; and, focusing upon the 1950s and 1960s, to ask how networks could be mobilized in ways that no ethics committee or process worth its name could tolerate. At the same time, a rationale that could have come out of the preachings of the rational recreationists was also given a global developmental dimension in FIFA’s support, not least from the long-term secretary of The FA turned FIFA president Sir Stanley Rous, for the football development of newly independent post-colonial nations, and for the youngest confederations, CONCACAF and OCEANIA.

The Havelange/Blatter FIFA Dynasty (HBFD) is reviewed, in the context of the status of FIFA in the Swiss polity and Civil Code, and the continuing story that has now become so widely known since the intervention of the US Department of Justice when it indicted the 14 FIFA-connected individuals in the dawn raid on the Baur au Lac Hotel on the banks of Lake Geneva in late May 2015. I will seek, finally, to show why research on this particular story – which I have been undertaking, now, for more than 30 years – has been a gift to the critical leisure researcher; and why a broad conception of our work in leisure studies enables us to cross boundaries that specialist disciplines and professional codes of ethics often reify.

Sian LincolnDr Sian Lincoln

Facebook Timelines: Growing up on Social Network Sites

Liverpool John Moores University
Sian Lincoln has been teaching on the Media, Culture, Communication programme at LJMU since 2006. Previously she was Senior Lecturer in Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Northampton. She studied at Manchester Metropolitan University for her PhD, awarded in 2003. Her thesis explored the role of ‘bedroom culture’ in contemporary youth culture, focussing on teenage boys and girls living in the North West of England. She has since published widely on the topic of youth culture and private space and is currently doing research on young people’s sustained use of social network sites, primarily Facebook. Her research interests are around contemporary youth and youth cultures; spaces of youth cultures; social network sites and identity; and ethnography.

She is the author of Youth Culture and Private Space (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) and co-editor with Yannis Tzioumakis of Time of our Lives: Dirty Dancing and Popular Culture (Wayne State University Press 2013). She is on the management committee of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change and is on the editorial board of Sociological Research Online (SRO).


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