Leisure: our common wealth? (LSA2002)

Venue: University of Central Lancashire

Location: Preston, Lancashire,

Event Date/Time: Jul 24, 2002 End Date/Time: Jul 26, 2002
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 14, 2002
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Call for PapersLSA 2002

Leisure: our common wealth?

Annual Conference of the
Leisure Studies Association

July 24 to 26, 2002

hosted by
Dept of Tourism and Leisure Management
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, UK


The impetus for hosting this conference was the forthcoming Commonwealth Games which will be based in Manchester, in the North West of England, simultaneously. ‘Leisure:
Our Common Wealth?’ allows academics to explore themes which have particular relevance to people’s entitlement to access leisure experiences and to participate in sport. We acknowledge that leisure and sport have cultural boundaries which are possible sites for conflict as well as identity.

The current debate regarding social inclusion or exclusion are diverse and contradictory, particularly when the ‘commodification’ of leisure and sport experiences are considered. Utilisation of sporting and arts events to regenerate our major cities and towns, together with the globalisation of leisure, tourism and sports experiences remain at the forefront and are sometimes deemed to have detrimental, as well as positive, outcomes for local communities.

The conference themes also facilitate academic thought on moral and ethical issues related to the aims and objectives of providers and the operational management of leisure experiences, including education.


§ Culture
§ post colonial leisure and sport
§ inclusivity/exclusivity
§ world heritage sites
§ heritage of tourism and leisure

§ Environmental impacts of leisure tourism and sport
§ Economic impacts
§ globalisation of leisure, tourism and sport
§ regeneration
§ events
§ Moral and educational dimensions of leisure, tourism and sport

keynote speakers

At 1 August 2001

Professor Rosemary Deem
University of Bristol
Professor John Walton
University of Central Lancashire
Professor Karla Henderson
University of North Carolina, USA

organising committee

Christine Williams (Chair)
University of Central Lancashire
Graham Baldwin
University of Central Lancashire
John Walton
University of Central Lancashire
Edwin Thwaites
University of Central Lancashire
Martine Middleton
University of Central Lancashire
Adrian Ibbetson
University of Central Lancashire
Maggie Ferguson
University of Central Lancashire
Iain Adams
University of Central Lancashire
Bob Snape
Myerscough College
Beckie Watson
Leeds Metropolitan University


Researchers, theorists and practitioners are invited to submit an abstract of 300-400 words and a biographical description of 100-150 words. Proposals must include abstract and biography, to be submitted not later than 14 January 2002.

Proposers will be notified of acceptance onto the programme not later than 18 February 2002.


In order to encourage work of the highest quality, and work that relates to the theme of the conference, we ask that the abstract includes the following:

· Title: relation of the paper to the theme(s) of the conference
· An indication of the broad theoretical orientation (where appropriate to the proposal
· A description of the forms of original research (if relevant) that the paper will report on and/or a summary of the types of material the paper will discuss
· Where possible, an indication of related work by others.

· Limit of one abstract per first-named author
· Abstracts must not contain tables/illustrations
· Full bibliographical references must be included for any cited work

personal/intellectual property

The biographical description should include information on the author’s institution, field of study, main research interests and key publications, if any.


Proposals should be submitted, by e-mail before 14 January 2002 in the following form:

· Author(s) including full contact details (post, telephone, fax, e-mail)
· Previous points 1, 2, 3 and 4
· Biography (all authors)

This should be sent by e-mail to both
Christine Williams
Liz Kelly


Accepted presenters who wish for their papers to be considered for inclusion in a themed and edited LSA publications volume are asked to submit a full (draft) paper to the conference committee by 1 July 2002 (to facilitate the selection and design of volumes at the earliest possible date and to speed post-conference publication).

Also, a committee consisting of Conference 2002 committee members, LSA Publications Officer and members of the editorial board of ‘Leisure Studies’ (Journal of the Leisure Studies Association) may invite a small selection form the conference presentations to form a ‘special issue’ of the Journal.


Preston is the administrative capital of Lancashire as well as its retail, commercial and cultural centre. Close at hand lie the verdant Ribble Valley and the upland moors of the Forest of Bowland and Beacon Fell Country Park. The Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales are within an hour’s drive. Preston is also just 17 miles from Blackpool.

Preston boasts numerous historic buildings and fine parks. The Guild Hall attracts major international sports and theatrical events. The docklands have also been redeveloped into a popular shopping area.

The newest attraction is the National Football Museum, the first dedicated to the ‘People’s Game’, located at the ground of Preston North End Football Club, the founder member of the original league over 100 years ago.

The town lies at the hub of the motorway network with the M6, M61, M6 and M55 motorways bringing nearly 50% of the UK’s population within a two hour drive. Excellent hourly intercity connections bring both London and Glasgow within two and a half hours’ travelling time. Manchester Airport is just 30 minutes away.


The University of Central Lancashire is a major provider of higher education in the North West. The main campus is situated in the town centre of Preston and traces its history back to the 1828 when the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge was founded. The merger with Newton Rigg provided a campus in Cumbria. Massive expansion took place in the 1990s with the University investing over £77 million in building and refurbishment to provide a modern, state of the art working and learning environment.

Courses of study include Access, Diploma, Degree, Research and Higher Degrees through the six faculties. Students wishing to begin their studies at a local college can do so through any of the 7 Associate Colleges and 9 Licensed Colleges. Those wishing to travel abroad and take some of their studies in a partner institution can choose from over 120 Universities in Europe, Far East, USA or Australia.

The University has probably contributed over £1 billion to the local economy since 1992 and the major role it plays in the prosperity of Preston has been recognised with granting of ‘Freedom of the Borough’.


Accommodation is offered in recently built halls of residence located five minutes from the conference venue. These are self-contained flats with 4 to 7 rooms, each an ensuite single with shower, toilet and hand basin. Kitchen and dining areas are shared.


Residential, non-residential and daily rates will be published in December 2001 on the website. LSA members will benefit from preferential rates with the full package in the region of £280. Discounted rates will be offered for students.

about the LSA

The emergence of leisure as a subject for serious study has arisen from fundamental changes in society since the 1950s. These have included greater affluence, increased alienation from work, longer holidays, earlier retirement, higher unemployment and greater mobility. The study of leisure was stimulated also by the scale of investment – public and private – in leisure facilities. Accompanying this growth in expenditure has been an expansion of education and training in leisure and recreation disciplines.

The Leisure Studies Association was formed in 1975 as a response to this wave of interest in leisure. It is an independent body of planners,

researchers, policy-makers, admin-strators and practitioners who have addressed themselves to leisure issues. The LSA encompasses geography, psychology, economics, architecture, planning, ecological sciences, physical education, recreation management, entertainment media, local and national government, tourism and the leisure industries. It is the only body which addresses itself to such a wide range of themes in leisure. LSA members include the most authoritative writers and commentators on leisure.


Benefits include the unique LSA Newsletter 3 times annually; discounts on LSA Publications and reduced rate for the LSA’s Journal ‘Leisure Studies’; and special rates for LSA Conferences. Corporate Memberships receive double copies of the newsletter and may
register unlimited department members at LSA conference rates.

Non-members may join LSA in conjunction with conference registration at reduced member rates:

Individual (UK) £40
Corporate (UK) £80
Individual (International) £50

LSA publications

LSA PUBLICATIONS produces themed and edited volumes of work originating from LSA conferences. The published list currently numbers over 70 volumes, providing a constant source of quality work in leisure studies, purchased by libraries, institutional departments and individuals around the world. Titles published recently include:

Consumption and Participation: Leisure, Culture and Commerce (2000) ed Garry Whannel
ISBN 0 9063370747
Leisure Planning in Transitory Societies
(2000) ed Mike Collins
ISBN 0 906337 70 4
Sport, Leisure Identities and Gendered Spaces
(2000) eds Sheila Scraton and Beccy Watson
ISBN 0 906337 79 8
Just Leisure: Policy, Ethics and Professionalism
(2000) ed. Mike McNamee
ISBN 0 906337 81 X
Masculinities: Leisure Identities, Cultures and Consumption
(2000) ed John Horne
ISBN 9 006337 77 1
Leisure, Tourism and the Environment (I) Sustainability and Environmental Policies
(1999) eds Malcolm Foley, David McGillivray and Gayle McPherson
ISBN 0 906337 64 X
Policy and Publics: Leisure, Culture and Commerce
(1999) ed. Peter Bramham and Wilf Murphy
ISBN: 0 906337 75 5
Professional and Development Issues in Leisure, Sport and Education
(1995) eds Lesley Lawrence, Elizabeth Murdoch and Stan Parker

further information

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· LSA Journal
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