LSA 2014
Sport, Festivity and Digital Cultures

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  • Summer Conference of the Leisure Studies Association

    7-9th July, 2014
    Hosted by University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, Scotland.

    LSA 2014, Sport, Festivity and Digital Cultures brings together comparative and contrasting perspectives upon both the digital age in leisure and upon digital practices as leisure - as prevalent in cultural forms, such as sport or festivity and other leisure pursuits. The conference takes place in a particularly important year for both Scotland and the global sporting and cultural communities. Scotland plays host to the XXth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup in 2014 at Gleneagles. Culturally, 2014 also marks the second “Year of Homecoming”, encouraging the successors of the global Scottish diaspora to return home for a year of cultural “extravaganza and festivity".

    The LSA Conference programme

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    • John Nelson Institute Thumb
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    • Paisley Arts Centre Thumb
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    • Paisley Town Hall Thumb
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  • Sub-themes

    • 1. Sport
      Sport tourism. With a continued growth in tourism around sporting events, cities frequently pitch to be selected to deliver large scale sporting events as part of a neo-liberal approach to securing infrastructure growth and place identity. City policy makers are responding with sports and events tourism strategies designed to increase their global profile and attract international visitors for longer.

      Sport and festivity. This sub-theme will focus on the relationship between sport and festivity, including the festive elements of major sporting events, the ancillary festivals that are now planned into sporting events (e.g. Live Site and Fan Parks) and the physical environments where ‘fandom’ is performed and linked to place and space (e.g. sporting venues).

      Sport and community engagement. In this sub-theme, contributions are expected on the way that sport is used as a tool of community engagement and other social externalities. This could include sport volunteering, sport’s contribution to crime reduction and health gain.
    • 2. Culture, festivals and events
      Festivals, events and identity politics. This sub-theme will cover issues of space and place identity as they relate to the history and culture of a community or nation, curating cultural identity and community identities e.g. diaspora, celtic cultures, nation states etc. This theme will problemmatise such concepts in a year that Scotland sees a Homecoming and a referendum on the future of its own identity.

      Festivals, events and the common good. This session will receive contributions from scholars interested in the role of festivals and events in generating positive policy outcomes for a range of beneficiaries. Papers could consider the social impact of festivals and events, as well as mechanisms for evaluating the social outcomes of festivals and events.

      Cultural value or valuing culture. Contributions will be sought from those writing on the role of culture in society and the value of culture in the public domain. Papers may consider the value accorded to festivals and showcase events and explore the challenges faced in measuring their impacts.
    • 3. Digital cultures
      Festivals, events and digital culture. This sub-theme invites contributions from scholars interested in the impact of digital cultures on the production, consumption and regulation of events and festivals.

      Sport and digital cultures. In this sub-theme attention will be paid to the emergence of distinctive digital identities around sport. Contributions could include a focus on digital fandom (messageboards, social media, blogging), issues around the use of social media by sporting figures, the role of social media in the experience of sport.

      Culture hackdays. Contributions are envisaged from the growing population of artists and academics who are using social media to stage cultural projects through web space, blogging and digital timeline stories, or photojournalism, music, etc.
    • 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
      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.
  • Supported by Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
  • Local Organisation 

    Committee Chair: Professor Gayle McPherson, UWS

    Local Organising Committee Members:
    Professor David McGillivray, UWS
    Dr Sandro Carnicelli, UWS
    Siobhan Drummond, UWS
    Margaret Scott, UWS
    Jennifer Jones, (PhD student), UWS
    Sarah Scott (PhD student), UWS
    Jenny Flinn, Glasgow Caledonian University
    David Jarman, Edinburgh Napier University
    Paul Zealey, Glasgow 2014 Ltd
    Dr Jane Ali- Knight, Edinburgh Institute: Festivals, Events& Tourism
    Laura Graham, UWS