LSA Conference 2024

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Call for Papers Leisure Studies Association Conference 2024

Title of Conference: (Re)claiming Leisure: Rights, Responsibilities, and Resistance.

Where: University of the West of Scotland (Paisley Campus), UK

When: Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th July 2024

The LSA 2024 Conference seeks to bring together inter and multidisciplinary perspectives on leisure, events, tourism and sport and, to explore their relationship to global challenges. Specifically, it aims to initiate discussion on the importance of Rights, Responsibilities, and Resistance as they play out in the transformation of society. The Scientific Committee now invites researchers, educators and practitioners, amongst others, to submit abstracts for papers, posters, workshops, panels and productions such as performances, short-films, and other artistic expressions inspired by (but not exclusive to) the following sub-themes:

Sub-Theme 1 – Leisure and (Human) Rights

To feature contributions that focus on the advancement and /or suppression of human/animal rights within leisure, events, tourism and sport and consider whose rights are realised, whose are not, and what needs to be done to ensure leisure is a rights-enhancing environment.

Sub-Theme 2 – Leisure and Resistance

To feature contributions that analyse how resistance impacts upon leisure, events, tourism and sport, the different forms of resistance that emerge within these contexts and how these are navigated by leisure actors.

Sub-Theme 3 – Responsible Leisure

To feature contributions that explore the (contested) ethical and moral duties of leisure, events, tourism and sport to maintain the wellbeing of participants, communities, workers and the environment.

Sub-Theme 4 – Reimagining Leisure

To feature contributions that consider how leisure, events, tourism and sport can be re-imagined or transformed in consideration of contemporary socio-economic and political challenges. This sub-theme can feature contributions that explore future challenges, concerns and opportunities in leisure, events, tourism and sport.

Sub-Theme 5 – Inclusive Leisure

To feature contributions that explore how inclusive practice is defined and delivered and, challenge current assumptions of what it means to be inclusive in leisure, events, tourism and sport.

Sub-Theme 6 – Responsive Leisure  

To feature contributions that highlight how leisure, events, tourism and sport are responding to Global Challenges. For example, how sport is addressing health inequalities; how tourism is evolving to become a more sustainable and resilient industry and, how event-based development is addressing current problems such as the cost-of-living crisis.

Sub-Theme 7 – Open

In addition to the six sub-themes, we also invite contributions in any other area of leisure research, teaching and practice.

In addressing the theme and sub-themes the University of the West of Scotland and the Leisure Studies Association welcome cross, multi, inter and transdisciplinary contributions from researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds and locations.

Presentation Formats – LSA2024 welcomes the following types of presentations:

–              15min Oral Presentation

–              Poster

–              Documentary

–              45min Workshops

–              Artistic Expressions (such as: music, dance, poetry, and visual arts)


Submission Guidelines:

Deadline for abstracts/panel proposal: Friday 1st March 2024 17.00 GMT

Email to:

Notification of outcome: Friday 22nd March 2024 17.00GMT

Email title: LSA 2024 Call for Papers abstract [insert Surname 1st Author]

Format: All abstracts (300 word maximum) should be sent as an email attachment (MS Word) and written in the following Languages:

*English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Farsi, Nepali, Hindi

*These are the languages spoken by the Organising Committee. Whilst English is the official language of the conference, we can support presenters who submit abstracts in the other languages above at the conference if needed. Authors who would like language support in their presentation, please contact the LSA2024 Co-Chairs

The attachment should include the following detail:



Presentation format:

Oral Presentation Documentary
Poster Artistic expression


Conference sub-theme:

Leisure and (Human) Rights  Inclusive Leisure
Leisure and Resistance Responsive Leisure
Responsible Leisure Open
Reimagining Leisure  


Name of the presenter(s) and affiliation:

Abstract in 300 words (Font: Times New Roman, Size 12):

References (Max of 10):

Presenter bio in 75 words (for each presenter):

Further information about the conference, including fees, accommodation, etc, will soon be made available on the LSA 2024 website.

If you have any enquiries regarding the Call for Papers, or general enquiries about the conference, please email:

We would be grateful if you would circulate this call to your colleagues and to any other relevant networks.

Chloe MacLean –

Sandro Carnicelli –

University of the West of Scotland LSA 2024 Conference Co- Chairs

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