Changing Lives through Leisure
The diverse nature of leisure has the potential to change lives. This conference focuses on how leisure changes lives through research, education and practice.
Please note this is subject to change.
Guidance for Presenters
Please review the programme provided above to identify your parallel session and room number. Any presentation slides should be uploaded to the computer desktop at least 15minutes before your session starts. Please bring your presentation with you on a USB pen drive (or similar). Alternatively, you will be able to access your presentation from a web-based cloud server.
Please adhere to the timing of 20 minutes for presentations and 10 minutes for questions.
We will be taking pictures of presenters throughout the conference, If you would rather photographs were not taken of you or your presentation, please let your Chair know.
If you are attending the panel discussion on ‘The Future Directions of Leisure Studies’ and would like to submit a question for the panel, you can email this to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or put it in the box provided on the registration desk. If you would like to remain anonymous, please state this in your email.
The Leisure Studies Association Conference 2019 Organising Team will contact those who would like a mentor and those who have volunteered to mentor delegates by 3rd July 2019.
Please note there has been a change to the keynote speakers at the conference. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Professor Marina Novelli is now unable to attend the conference. She would like to extend her apologies to delegates.
David Brown is a Reader in the Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture at the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University. David’s research focuses on the development of interpretive sociological understandings of the body-self-society relationship in the fields of sport and physical culture. His current research interests include Eastern movement forms as body-self transforming practice and the relationships between physical culture, spirituality and sustainability. Previous research has included enquiry into a range of sporting and physical cultures including, male bodybuilding identity and body projects, surfing culture, Higher Education sports cultures and physical education teacher education. David has co-authored the monograph Surfing and Social Theory, and published research articles in a range of journals including; Cultural Sociology, Ethnography, Leisure Studies, Leisure Sciences, Space and Culture, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Sport Education and Society and Journal of Rural Studies.
Keynote synopsis: In postindustrial neoliberal societies, it is probably uncontentious to claim that leisure has become a formative arena for shaping lives and identities of individuals and communities, as well as driving force for re-shaping both urban and natural environments. With the rigidities of ‘modernity’ giving way to high, post or ‘liquid’ modernities, the old binary work/leisure relationships have long since imploded and are now very often bewilderingly polysemic and individuated in nature. Engagement in leisure practices and consumption of leisure products are now so interwoven into the fabric of our everyday lives that our ontologies, bodies, identities and communities have become irrevocably altered in the process. However, if leisure, particularly in its modern consumer capitalist form, changes lives, then what can we say about how it changes them and more critically, how it should?
Any response to such questions has to account for a critical materialist reading of leisure, which necessarily opens up uncomfortable truths as well as some positive and even more utopian possibilities. Sometimes uncomfortable because of the socio-economic privatisation of leisure. The gradual retreat of state funding of leisure provision and spaces and the replacement of this provision by for-profit leisure organisations, re-positions the body-at-leisure as ‘individualised units of consumption’ to be maximally utilised and differentiated according to an individual’s ability to pay. This leads to growing leisure inequality. In addition, technological advances in the automisation of work will place an even greater emphasis on the provision of leisure at the same time as this privatisation is differentiating access on socio-economic grounds. In short, we have to remain critically cognisant of how leisure does change lives, but that these changes might be enabling and positive for some and constraining and negative for others depending on the intersections of their social, economic and cultural positions. In addition, while leisure markets offer us mesmerising choice and opportunities for individuation and realisation through leisure, it can also ensnare us in leisure practices which can significantly impact our wellbeing and identity. However, at the same time, a more utopian vision of the potential of leisure endures and I shall argue rightly so. Empirically, leisure can change lives in many positive ways and continues you do so, in spite of, and sometimes because of these same societal and market forces.
In this spirit of this paradoxical and somewhat deliberately polemical juxtaposition, the session draws from a broad practice sociology perspective to consider a range of ways how leisure changes lives and how this might help us focus on identifying elements of positive change as well as critique the not so positive. More specifically, it identifies various scientific disciplines from neuroscience to psychotherapy to sociology are seemingly converging on the impact that social practice has on the brain and the body. This has enormous implications for how leisure, seen as social practice, can be harnessed to transform bodies, ontologies, and as a consequence, give rise to enlivened identities and lives of both individuals and communities alike.
The final part of the session draws on this conceptual background to focus on one particular set of changes that are happening right now. Those related to climate change and the imperatives of the ‘greening of societies’ as Beck (2010) puts it. These elements are already beginning to have a profound impact on the kinds of lives, communities and identities we can construct around leisure and also the kind of leisure that may be possible and/or desirable in the future given our rapidly decaying ecosystem. Consideration is then given to the relationship between leisure practices and the idea of an ecological habitus constructed in and through leisure practices. It concludes that understanding forms of leisure which foster a supportive ecological habitus must form a foundational part of the leisure studies research agenda, as it necessarily underpins all forms of positive change.
Mike Hall BSc BArch specialises in the design of complex sports facilities, notably including Lee Valley White Water Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the sustainability-motivated sports facility of Portsmouth University, and Derby Arena. His work explores the utilisation of leisure architecture as community-facing and social spaces as well as places for sporting excellence.
Keynote synopsis: Strategies for facility provision are in constant need of change as they respond to the evolution of societal needs, environmental requirements and financial models. To create buildings and places that promote activity and societal wellbeing, we employ a process of innovation, which is supported by a number of critical design concepts. Mikes talk will look at each of these concepts in detail including the principles of active design, the smart stacking of leisure facilities, multipurpose and flexible social spaces, and the pioneering use of technology to enhance the sport and leisure experience. To demonstrate these concepts in action, Mike will refer to a number of relevant projects including Hebburn Central, Beacon of Light, University of Stirling Sports, The Wave and a new facility for the University of Portsmouth.
Kirsty Cumming is the Engagement and Policy Manager of Community Leisure UK, the association that specialises in charitable leisure trusts across the UK. Kirsty has extensive experience in working with leisure trusts, local authorities, local and national governments, and the NHS to advocate the role of public leisure services.
Keynote synopsis: Local authorities are facing unprecedented budget challenges, whilst demand for health, education and social care priorities continue to grow. Coupled with external pressures, such as austerity and Brexit, how can investment in public leisure services best tackle multiple interconnected priorities? Community leisure trusts are rooted in the local communities they serve, with services co-designed and implemented to support those most in need. This type of true collaboration between those who deeply care about public services, not shareholders, can yield great public value. But how can we achieve this? This session will explore these partnerships, discussing who public leisure services should be for and how we can drive greater public value through public leisure.
Monday 8th July – Walking Tour of Dundee (optional event at additional cost)
Meet up with conference delegates before the conference gets underway. Dundee Tours are providing conference delegates with a walking tour of Dundee’s main sights. The is at the discounted price of £12 pp for conference delegates and can be booked directly via our partners.
Tuesday 9th July – Civic Reception and V&A Dundee visit
Join us for a Civic Reception from the Lord Provost Ian Borthwick at 5.30pm at the City Chambers. There will be a drinks reception and a finger buffer followed a short walk to private viewing of the Scottish Design Gallery at the V&A Dundee at 7 pm.
This is a ticketed event and is now sold out.
Wednesday 10th July – Conference Dinner
The conference dinner will be held at Discovery Point (adjacent to the V&A). From 6 pm, join us for wine reception aboard the RRS Discovery where you can tour the ship. A three-course Scottish dinner will be served at 7 pm followed by coffee and traditional Scottish Tablet. Our evening of festivities will continue with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh band. The main menu is below. Alternative menus will be provided for those who have provided their dietary requirements at the time of registration. If you have dietary requirements and have not already informed us, please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
This is a ticketed event and is now sold out.
Starter: Beetroot cured salmon served with dressed leaves beetroot puree and horseradish cream ciabatta thins
Main Course: Escalopes of Stirlingshire Sirloin Beef Served with a Brandy Peppercorn Sauce served with fondant potatoes and seasonal roast vegetables
Dessert: Cranachan with Handmade Shortbread
Sophie Greenwood (Leeds Beckett)
Supervisor: Dr Thomas Fletcher
Project title: The Impact of Open Water Swimming Events on the Social Capital of Participants
Jennah Rouse (Leeds Beckett)
Supervisor: Dr Brett Lashua
Project Title: A Critical Analysis of Gender and Alternative Rock: How Female Musicians in Leeds Experience and Resist Discrimination
Dr Josephine Burden
Living to tell the tale: Solo travel, old age and life writing
Physical Education expert or Sport Development Officer: What do we expect from our PE subject leaders?
To be announced
The conference is hosted by Abertay University at our campus in the heart of Dundee.
Abertay University is perfectly situated in the centre of Dundee. This page tells you everything you need to know about how to get here, no matter the method of transport you choose.
Leisure Studies Association 2019 (LSA2019) and Abertay University staff will be taking photos/video throughout the conference. These images will be used by LSA2019 in the following ways:
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Dr Rhiannon Lord (Chair)
Ms Vivien Collie (Abertay University Events Team)
Ms Elizabeth Wilson (Abertay University Events Team)
Ms Debbie Ree (Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau)
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.