Call for Papers: Sport, Festivity and Digital Cultures, LSA2014, Uni of West of Scotland, UK, 31st Jan 2014


**The following conference is particularly interested in submissions of papers looking at fan studies, sports and digitality**:

Sport, Festivity and Digital Cultures

Leisure Studies Association Summer Conference
7-9th July 2014
Hosted by University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland
Deadline for proposals: Jan. 31st, 2014
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Conference themes:
Abstracts are invited for papers that address the main themes of Sport, Festivity and Digital Cultures:

  1. Sport (sport tourism; sport and the outdoors; sport and festivity; sport and community engagement)
  2. Festivity (festivals, events and identity politics; festivals, events and the common good; assessing the cultural value of festivals and events)
  3. Digital cultures (festivals, events and digital cultures; sport and digital cultures; digital leisure communities)
  4. Emerging researchers. The conference will host a PhD Strand with Panel Question and Answer session and early career workshops led by LSA members. Papers across (and beyond) the main conference themes are encouraged.
  5. Open stream. In addition to papers addressing one of the main conference themes, novel research outside those thematic foci is also welcome. The open stream of the conference is designed to encourage / enable conference participation for Members and others for whom the current year’s theme is not within their particular area of interest, but have a contribution to make to leisure studies theory, methodology, policy and pedagogy.

Abstracts can take one of two forms:

Individual: Single abstracts from individuals/co-researchers submitting a paper that addresses the conference theme or themes (Limit one paper per main presenter)

Proposed panel: A set of three abstracts from a group of individuals /co-researchers submitting a coherent set of papers that address the conference themes and which could be scheduled together in one parallel session. (Limit one paper per main presenter)

250-350 words, structured as follows and submitted by email

  • Each Author biography: 100-150 words indicating position, field of study, main research interests and key publications where appropriate; and full professional contact details
  • Full title of paper as it will appear in the conference programme
  • Abstract main body, including background (outline of the policy context and/or academic literature informing the research), approach (indication of the broad theoretical orientation and/or methodological approach) and significance (description and application of the original research findings reported in the paper)
  • Most relevant conference theme (sport, festivity, digital cultures, emerging researchers, open stream)
  • Bibliographic references for any research cited in the abstract (no tables, figures or footnotes)

Student Bursaries
The LSA will award £100 each to (up to) the first 10 current PhD students who (a) have submitted a proposal through the regular procedure and (b) have been accepted onto the conference programme, and (c) register to attend the full conference. The award will further complement the already extremely preferential student registration rates, and will be credited directly towards the registration fee. Recipients of the award will thus be able to attend the full 3-day LSA 2014 conference (including meals and accommodation) for the regular student fee less £100.

  • Supported by Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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