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6-8 July 2021 | Solent University, Southampton

Solent University is delighted to be hosting the 2021 Leisure Studies Association Virtual Conference focusing on leisure identities, health and wellbeing.

We welcome scholars from a range of disciplines, as well as practitioners, to Solent University to discuss: 'What role does leisure play in addressing 'healthy' identities, for who, and for what purpose?'

The conference will take place online - further details to follow.

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Conference theme

Recognising the history of interlocking forces of oppression in addition to Covid-19, we invite academics, students, and practitioners to reconsider the role and significance of leisure (as an expansive subject area) to creating a social world based on social justice, equity and equality.

To critically explore the relationship between leisure and 'health', wellbeing and identities, we specifically invite papers to respond to one or more elements of what we have termed 'the Four Ps' (right).

We particularly welcome papers which explore the tensions and opportunities arising from conducting multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research.

Diagram showing the four Ps that explore the relationship between leisure and health

Abstracts and conference registration information

Call for abstracts - submission deadline: 5 March 2021

Call for abstracts are open. Please submit your abstract using the link below. Feedback on abstracts will be given within four weeks and by 31 March at the latest.

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Registration information - registration deadline: 31 May 2021

Conference fees are £20 for students, retired and non-waged; and £40 for everyone else. These fees include 2021/22 membership to the Leisure Studies Association (worth £18 and £33 respectively). All members who have a recurring LSA membership will have their membership fee reimbursed.

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The organising committee are committed to making the conference accessible and inclusive to all. Please contact us in confidence at if you require additional support that would enable you to attend the conference. We will respond in a supportive and flexible way to accommodate your needs.

Keynote speakers

Professor Samantha King, Queen's University, CanadaProfessor Samantha King
Queen's University, Canada

Dr Tricia McGuire AdamsDr Tricia McGuire Adams
University of Ottawa, Canada

Tiara Cash, Arizona State UniversityTiara Cash
Arizona State University, USA

Brad Millington, Associate Professor, Brock UniversityDr Brad Millington
Brock University, Canada

Shamser Sinha, University of SuffolkDr Shamser Sinha
University of Suffolk, UK

Professor Les BackProfessor Les Back
Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Organising committee


Aarti Ratna

Committee members

Philippa Velija

Dominic Cunliffe
Accommodation and Sponsorship

David Galley
Inclusion and Equity Officer

Kevin Harris

Alberto Amore

Rhian Jones
Social Secretary Officer

Kola Adeosun

Kim Spence

Anya Higgins
Social Media Officer

Rob Burton

Bailey Adie

About Solent University

Solent University 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 Faculty 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.

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Solent University is located in the heart of Southampton's city centre. With excellent rail, air and road links, travelling to Solent is easy.

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