Leisure Studies Association Conference 2021

Leisure Identities, Health and Wellbeing.

6th-8th July 2021

Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0YN, UK


Solent University, situated in the centre of Southampton, is a flourishing community of academics, students and professional services staff with a reputation for the quality of our teaching, our engagement with industry, and for the employability of our graduates. Within the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, we are particularly committed to social justice, research and knowledge exchange as it coheres with health and well-being.

Conference Theme: 

In these g/locally tumultuous socio-economic and political times, we ask a key question of scholars, practitioners, and our institutions: What role does leisure play in addressing “healthy” identities, for who, and for what purpose? The increasingly neo-liberal underpinnings of consumptive leisure practices and the g/local proliferation of different leisure and cultural industries, for example, juxtaposed alongside the withdrawal and/or privatisation of public health and social care services, is a stark reminder of the gap between the “haves” and “have nots”. The global pandemic COVID-19 has further demonstrated these inequities as well as the everyday negotiations of individuals, friends, families and communities to make life bearable and, possibly even, more pleasurable. Recognising the longer histories of interlocking forces of oppression in addition to COVID-19, we invite academic, students, and practitioners to re-consider the role and significance of leisure to making possible a different kind of social world; one based on social justice, equity and equality.

To critically explore the relationship between leisure and health, we specifically invite papers to respond one or more element of what we have termed “the Four Ps”:

  • Power (querying the relationship between structural inequities, leisure, health, identities and well-being)
  • Principles (transforming how we view and approach studies of “health”, and how we research it through different forms of leisure)
  • Practice (the opportunities and barriers to transforming community health practices particularly regarding the use of community-led, innovative, creative, and technological initiatives)
  • Policies(critically discussing the changing policy landscape for leisure and health providers)
  • We particularly welcome papers which explore the tensions and opportunities arising from conducting multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research.

Confirmed Keynotes include Professor Samantha King (Queen’s University, Canada), Dr Tricia McGuire-Adams (University of Ottawa, Canada), Ms. Tiara Cash (Arizona State University, USA), Mr. Viji Kuppan (Leeds Beckett University, UK), Dr Brad Millington (Brock University, Canada), Dr Shamser Sinha (University of Suffolk, UK) and Professor Les Back (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK).

We anticipate call for abstracts will open in October 2020.

Please contact the Conference Chair if you have any particular queries:

Dr Catherine Phipps (catherine.phipps@solent.ac.uk)

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