One-day Symposium:  “Leisure and Forced Migration: Reframing Critical Analyses of Practices, Sociabilities and Lives Lived in the Asylum System”

One-day Symposium:  Leisure and Forced Migration: Reframing Critical Analyses of Practices, Sociabilities and Lives Lived in the Asylum System”. Bournemouth University 9thOctober 2019.

This one-day symposium aims to provide a forum for collective debate and dialogue between a range of participants including academics, community activists/organizers, and members of refugee communities. It provides scope for participants that work (or aim to work) with forced migrants as allies and co-creators of their leisure (rather than as “service users” and “target populations”) to develop future positive intervention.

The core theme of the symposium will be the unique contribution that critical leisure studies perspectives can provide in addressing the topic of forced migration, and its intersection with issues of identity, community, rights, security, belonging/citizenship, and humanity in our historical present.

We envisage this symposium to facilitate further collaborations between academics, members of the public and organizations from across Britain, Europe and beyond. The aim being to engage with alternative perspectives of and approaches to existing narratives, policies and assumptions on forced migration, and lives lived in the asylum system.

The symposium is co-hosted by the Leisure Studies journaland Bournemouth University’s Refugee and Migrants Leisure Network(RMLN). It will run from 10am to 5pm on Wednesday 9thOctober 2019 at Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus.

The day’s schedule includes twelve presentations from fifteen speakers, including international academics and Early Career Researchers, community activists/organizers and members of refugee communities in UK.

Many of the speakers will contribute to the forthcoming edited book “Leisure and Forced Migration: Lives Lived in the Asylum System” published by Routledge’s Advancing Leisure Series.

The symposium is free to attend with lunch provided. It is funded through the Leisure Studiesjournal Editorial Board Maureen Harrington Fund. Places are limited. If you wish to attend  please contact Dr Nicola de Martini Ugolotti at:

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