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  • Neil Carr
    Mar 2, 2011

      The following call for papers for a themed session entitled 'Progress in Urban Leisure Research' of the ANZALS conference to be held in Dunedin, New Zealand, in December this year is below. It is being posted on behalf of Stephen Page (s.page@...) so please contact him if you are interested in presenting in this session.



      Australian and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies Biennial Conference, 6 – 8th December 2011, Dunedin , New Zealand


      Call for papers on: Progress in Urban Leisure Research

      Convenor: Stephen Page ( London Metropolitan University )

      Urban leisure has been a consistent theme that has been neglected in mainstream leisure research, since much of the research has been subsumed under other categories of research and so has not developed a clear and well articulated core of knowledge and themes.  This conference theme seeks to redress this imbalance in attention by highlighting the significance of an urban perspective from different social science disciplines to the study on leisure.  In particular, the role of social theory and urban studies will be highlighted as key areas for development alongside new agendas in the public sector for urban leisure such as the rise of the cultural industries sector as a focal point for policy, planning and investment.  This conference session adopts a very generic theme in pursuit of a greater coherence and mainstream research agenda on urban leisure from both a theoretical and more empirical standpoint.  Papers will be welcomed from a wide range of leisure (and non-leisure subject areas) which address this important theme with a view to advancing knowledge on the interface between urban societies, leisure and the significant place of leisure activities in changing urban settings.  It is envisaged that a focus on urban leisure may yield a significant interest in research and may well lead to an edited book or special issue of a journal should sufficient high quality papers are submitted to the conference.

      Abstracts (limited to 250 words) should be sent to Stephen Page (s.page@...), by 16th of May 2011. Authors will be notified of acceptance of their abstract for presentation at the conference by 10th June.


      Please ensure that abstracts include all author names, institutions and an email contact for the lead author. Any special presentation equipment (e.g. slide projector) required should be noted in the email in which the abstract is submitted.