Passing of Elery Hamilton-Smith

June 30th, 2015

ANZALS is sad to announce that Elery Hamilton-Smith, one of the founding fathers of Australian leisure studies, passed away on Saturday 27 June. Elery first started working in leisure studies before leisure studies existed in Australia. His work in community development and youth work helped to form the fledgling field of leisure studies in the early 1970s. Elery had a distinguished career in academia and private consulting. Elery was involved in the recreation benefits movement with Bev Driver and colleagues in the early 1990s and made contributions to leisure studies throughout his life. ANZALS extend our condolences to Elery’s family and friends. He will be missed. More details about Elery’s contribution to leisure studies will be included in the next edition of the ANZALS Magazine.

There will be a memorial service in Melbourne on Wednesday 1 July at 3pm St Francis Church Pastoral Centre, 326 Lonsdale Street Melbourne.


May 12th, 2015


To support career development of our PhD scholars and emerging academics, the CAUTHE Executive invites applications for PhD candidate and Early Career Researcher (ECR) bursaries for the CAUTHE 2016 conference in Sydney, Australia. The bursaries aim to provide benefits to current members, lead to future memberships and encourage the submission of full refereed papers to the annual conference.

Eligibility criteria for the bursaries can be found on the CAUTHE website (scroll to bottom of page):

The bursaries will include conference registration and PhD/ ECR workshop fees and up to $1000 for travel, accommodation and other expenses that will facilitate access to the conference. Bursary winners will receive an official certificate at the conference dinner awards’ ceremony. The awards will be made on the merit of the paper, to be decided by a committee of the CAUTHE Executive in conjunction with Conference Scientific Committee and with reference to the supervisor, Chapter Director or Head of Department’s comments and rankings (where appropriate).

Bursary application due date is 2 October 2015. Applicants will be notified no later than 9 November 2015 on the outcome of their application.

For further details about the bursary awards and the application processes please contact:

Dr Sebastian Filep, University of Otago:

CFP: 2016 World Leisure Congress | Durban, South Africa, 27-30 June, 2016

April 20th, 2015

2016 World Leisure Congress | Durban, South Africa


The first World Leisure Congress on the African continent will be hosted by the Leisure and Recreation Association of South Africa (LARASA) in Durban, from 27 – 30 June 2016. The aim is to explore the main theme “Challenges, Choices and Consequences” by creating a platform for professionals from diverse fields to interact, share and present a context for leisure services and opportunities. We anticipate speakers and delegates from many countries, communities and academic fields to merge their knowledge by identifying the challenges that confront us, to develop strategies in making the right choices and to achieve positive consequences for all. The benefits of leisure has been widely documented and this congress will highlight the importance of an integrated approach using leisure services to improve the human condition, transform spaces and boost the economy.


————————————- Call for Papers ————————————-


A warm and cordial invitation is extended to all presenters and delegates to explore and reflect on the role of leisure across the lifespan and all sectors to become the fastest growing global trend to address global concerns. The congress affords each one an opportunity to share research across the spectrum of the environment, society and the economy.
The Leisure and Recreation Association of South Africa (LARASA) and The World Leisure Organization (WLO) are now accepting abstracts for the 2016 World Leisure Congress. Each abstract will be subjected to a double-blind peer review by the Scientific Committee and will be assessed according to its thematic relevance, and quality of the research. Presenters accepted for the education sessions will have 20 minutes to present their findings and a further 10 minutes to respond to questions, for an overall duration of 30 minutes per session. Presenters are invited to submit proposals for interactive workshops and panel discussions / commissions, with a maximum of 3 panelists will be allocated 2 hours.


Submissions are invited for the following sub themes:


  1. Leisure and Society
  2. Leisure, Health and Happiness
  3. Leisure and the Environment
  4. Leisure, the Economy and Technology
  5. Leisure Research / Methodology / Theory
  6. Leisure and Tourism
  7. Leisure Management
  8. Leisure and Education
  9. Leisure, theme parks and playgrounds
  10. Leisure, culture and creative industries


The submission of abstracts of between 400-500 words should be submitted online by 30 June 2015, structured as follows :


a) Full title of paper as it will appear in the conference programme (not more than 10 words)
b) Abstract should include:
• background (outline of the context and/or academic literature informing the research
• approach (indication of the broad theoretical orientation and/ord methodological approach)
• significance (description and application of the original research finding reported in the paper)
c) Most relevant conference theme as listed above
d) Type of presentation :
• individual educational sessions – one submission per presenter / co-author
• workshops – maximum number of 3 presenters
• themed panel discussions – a group of not more than 3 presenters / co-researchers. One abstract will be submitted by the co-ordinator who will convene the panel discussion.

Due date: 30th June 2015


Click here for further details: Call for Papers

CFP: Critical Perspectives on Physical Activity, Sport, Play and Leisure in Later Life

April 9th, 2015

Critical Perspectives on Physical Activity, Sport, Play and Leisure in Later Life

Rylee A. Dionigi, Charles Sturt University, Australia & Julie Son, University of Idaho, USA


In 1969, at the General Assembly of the United Nations, the social, economic and cultural concerns of the World’s Aging Population were brought to our attention (Pike, 2011). Since then, the idea that we should keep older people active and productive, to address the problem of rising numbers of people aged 60 and older, has been legitimised in the West (Katz, 2000; Pike, 2011; Tulle, 2008). This ongoing concern for ‘population aging’ has implications for leisure practices, experiences and services.

When the aging population is constructed as a problem, older adults (and the aging body) are positioned as an economic and social threat. Therefore, encouraging older people to remain physically active (particularly through leisure) has become part of the solution to these problems (Moody, 2001; Neilson, 2006; Pike, 2010; Tulle, 2008). In this climate, older people are expected (or made to feel obligated) to take responsibility for their health by making certain leisure and lifestyle choices, and a moral viewpoint is constructed through polar opposite conceptions of good and bad ways to age (Pike, 2011). This simplistic view of aging is reinforced by experts (and private businesses) in physical activity and aging contexts, as well as in health-related policy documents and media reports, who/that offer recommendations (and paid-for services) on how to age well (Mendes, 2013; Pike, 2011).

Older adults’ leisure choices and the types of leisure services made available to this cohort are influenced by these ideologies. At the same time, discourses that promote active and productive aging as the older individual’s responsibility can be used to justify cuts in welfare support and health care programs for the aged, as evident in the USA and UK (Dillaway & Byrnes, 2009; Pike, 2011, respectively).

There is a need for aging, physical activity and health-related policy-makers, practitioners and scholars to open up multiple and inclusive ways of aging or, as Pike puts it, “increase the ‘acceptable’ ways to grow old” (2011, p. 221). Leisure, as a discipline and as a practice in all its myriad forms – sport, physical activity, play, music, art, and relaxation (to mention a few), has a key role to play in addressing this need.

While participation in physically active leisure (and health promotion in general) is a laudable goal, caution is necessary due to the many personal, cultural and historical factors affecting older adults’ inclusion. Increases in leisure programs that encourage physical activity in later life must be matched with welfare/State supported aged care programs. More critical leisure research is needed that starts from the perspectives of a diverse range of older adults, rather than an analysis of how older people’s leisure meets current neoliberal policy definitions of active and productive aging (Aberdeen & Bye, 2013; Asquith, 2009). More attention is needed on all forms of leisure in later life, not just those leisure activities (primarily physical activity) that are deemed productive or cost-effective to health service policy-makers and other public officials.

As a key force in our lives, leisure deserves particular attention for its contribution to experiences and meanings of aging at the individual and cultural levels. Likewise, understanding the role of age and aging on leisure spaces, places and experiences has received limited attention in the literature. Critical perspectives on leisure and aging are needed to inform leisure practice, policy and services for older adults.

We invite researchers to contribute theoretical, methodological or empirical papers related to the theme of this special issue. Key topics on leisure and aging might include:

  • What meanings of aging are derived through older adults’ leisure experiences? Emphasis can be on the significance of passive activities and/or solitude in later life, as well as the meanings derived from physically and/or socially active pursuits.
  • What theories and concepts are most relevant in relation to leisure in later life? Do some theories seem to resonate in one context, but not others – say, for sport and aging, but not for music and aging?
  • What are critical turning points of aging/the life stage associated with leisure?
  • How does leisure reproduce positive and/or negative stereotypes associated with older adults?
  • How can leisure empower older adults? How might leisure create or maintain identity in later life?
  • Does age and the experience of aging limit leisure and/or open up new opportunities for leisure?
  • How can older adults’ meanings and experiences of leisure (regardless of the type of leisure) inform aging, physical activity and/or health-related policy-makers and/or practitioners?

We are open to empirical research, policy papers, state of knowledge (reviews), as well as theoretical and methodological pieces, with a particular focus on the aged 50 and older group.

Important Dates for Authors:


Submission of Abstracts: Please send proposed paper title and an abstract of no more than 300 words to the guest editors, Rylee Dionigi ( and Julie Son ( no later than 15th May 2015. We will advise the outcome no later than 10th June 2015.

Submission of Full Paper: 15th October 2015


Publication: Fourth issue of 2016

CFP: Annals of Leisure Research – Ethics and Leisure

April 9th, 2015

Leisure comprises a range of relatively commonly accepted pursuits including for example playing a game of golf, going shopping, or watching a movie. Some, however, would suggest that leisure has a darker side and includes such activities as serial killing, internet pornography, and sex tourism (Rojek 2000).  While such deviant leisure practices appear to violate criminal and non-criminal moral norms (Stebbins 1996), whether there is a “good versus bad leisure” (Mobily 1999: 187) is still unclear: this special issue will address this and other fundamental ethical questions facing leisure researchers, practitioners and participants.   While ethical explorations focusing on tourism as a leisure activity have begun to emerge within the literature (e.g. Fennell 2006; 2012; Lovelock and Lovelock 2013) to date this level of interest has not been paralleled within the leisure field where there has been “little concern for explicitly discussing the morality of leisure” (Clarke 1995: 209). This oversight is surprising, considering the classical view of the role of leisure in the habituation of virtue, as articulated in Aristotle’s Politics (List 2005).   To date, the main focus of ethics work in leisure studies has been limited to issues of equity (e.g. of access and participation) and professional development. The latter theme has arguably dominated, to the extent that leisure ethics has been most often discussed in terms of professionalism (Sylvester 2008).  McNamee and Brackenridge (1996: 4) refer to this as “ethics with a small ‘e’”, dominated by a descriptive ethics approach.  In the sporting field too, ethics has often been based upon a similar “narrow view of morality” that considers rules and rule-breaking, while failing to address more fundamental ethical issues (Lindfelt 2005: 41). Such issues may include the use of resources in leisure practice,  the origin of those resources, and how they are presented to the consumer: all of which involve ethical judgements (Rojek 2005: 19).   The ongoing omission of ethical considerations in contemporary models of leisure is a weakness that could be used to perpetuate leisure practices that are “illegal, immoral and contraindicative to human growth and development” (Ellis and Rossman 2008: 2). Consequently, there has been a growing call to consider leisure ethics with a capital “E”, a response to which would involve moral philosophy and an exploration of the role of leisure in how we ought to live our lives (McNamee and Brackenridge 1996: 4).   This special issue responds to the above calls, seeking contributions that address a range of ethical issues across the leisure field, from the macro ‘corporate’ issues alluded to by Rojek above, to the micro-moralities of individuals offering or engaging in specific leisure activities.  The goal of this special issue is to take stock of contemporary leisure ethics issues, and to advance the utilisation of normative and applied ethics approaches to these issues. For this reason, contributions of both an applied and theoretical nature are welcome.  Potential topics may include (among others):

  • Equity and access (e.g. racism, sexism, disability)
  • Deviant leisure
  • Deviant practices (e.g. cheating, sexual abuse, doping)
  • Animals and leisure
  • The ‘body-shape’ industry
  • Leisure ethics and gender
  • Leisure and exploitation (labour rights)
  • Leisure and the environment
  • Children and leisure
  • Leisure marketing
  • Philosophy and leisure
  • Leisure, freedom and power
  • Ethics and professionalism
  • Ethics and leisure policy
  • Ethics of sport

Important Dates for Authors: Submission of Abstracts: Please send proposed paper title and an abstract of no more than 250 words to the guest editor, Brent Lovelock ( no later than 1st June 2015. We will advise the outcome no later than 20th June 2015. Submission of Full Paper: 1st November 2015 (further details to be advised upon confirmation of abstract acceptance). Publication: Third issue of 2016 (approximately September)

PhD Scholarship Opportunity – University of Waikato – “Examining the Socio-Cultural Significance of Te Awa River Ride”

February 11th, 2015

PhD Scholarship Opportunity

Project: Examining the Socio-Cultural Significance of Te Awa River Ride


Te Awa River Ride is a shared cycle/walkway travelling 70 kilometres along the banks of the Waikato River. The ride is being developed in stages, and when completed in 2015 it will travel through various local communities along New Zealand’s largest and longest river. Te Awa River Ride is supported by various regional and national trusts, business and organizations, and is expected to attract users from across New Zealand and around the world.

This PhD opportunity will see the successful candidate exploring the socio-cultural significance of Te Awa River Ride for the Waikato region and the various local communities through which the cycleway travels. The project will critically examine the socio-cultural, psychological and/or economic significance of this development for local, regional and national sense of community, identity and connection to place and space. This project is part of a broader research initiative between the University of Waikato, the Department of Sport and Leisure Studies, and the Avantidrome Home of Cycling, with the aim of understanding and enhancing both high performance and recreational sport in the region.

The successful applicant will work with an interdisciplinary supervisory team who will support their research from conception to completion. As well as working closely with various stakeholders, the successful candidate will also be required to contribute to the University through promotion of their research and teaching assistance, where appropriate.

The scholarship provides a stipend of $22,000 plus domestic tuition fees per year for three years.


Are you eligible?

To be eligible for this opportunity you must possess a relevant first class Honours or Masters qualification (or equivalent) in a field related to the project. International students are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must have excellent verbal and written English skills. It would be advantageous to have experience with interdisciplinary research and the qualitative methods of interviewing and participant-observation. The successful candidate should have good organizational and communication skills and be able to work independently.  They should enjoy new challenges and take exceptional pride in their own work.


How to Apply

Please send your CV, a one-page expression of interest, and a brief outline of how you propose to approach the topic, to

Applications close: February 20, 2015

Proposed start date: April 1, 2015 (with some room for negotiation with successful participant)



Please send all enquires to Dr Holly Thorpe:

Latest Edition of the ANZALS Magazine – Edition 2

December 22nd, 2014

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the latest edition of the ANZALS Magazine.  This version is compressed for easy download.  Click here: Magazine n2 Dec 2014 – compressed [PDF 739KB]

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Nature-Based Tourism and Outdoor Recreation – Oregon State University

December 22nd, 2014

Please click on this link - Full Announcement – Oregon State University – Tourism and Recreation

Gough Whitlam – Australian Leisure (Tony Veal & Rob Lynch)

October 23rd, 2014

Below is a special contribution to the ANZALS website from Tony Veal and Rob Lynch regarding the recent passing of Gough Whitlam.



Gough Whitlam with authors Tony Veal and Rob Lynch at the launch of Australian Leisure, 1996


Gough Whitlam

Given the number and scope of policy reforms by the 1972-75 Labor government led by Gough Whitlam, it is perhaps not surprising that, in the many tributes paid to Whitlam following his death on 21 October, 2014, little attention has been given to his contributions to the field of leisure. However, in the foreword to the first two editions (1996 and 2001) of the textbook Australian Leisure1, Whitlam himself provided a comprehensive account and appraisal. This is reproduced below and reminds us of the significance of the foundations laid for the leisure sector in Australia at that time.



Hon. E.G. Whitlam, AC, QC

Prime Minister, 1972–1975


Back in November 1972, prior to the closing days of twenty‑three years’ rule by the conservative parties in Australia, I delineated the Labor Party’s policy in a speech at Blacktown Civic Centre in the western suburbs of Sydney. The speech delivered on that occasion signalled a massive program of reform, one component of which was a series of initiatives related to the quality of life. This fuzzy ‘quality of life’ notion raised a few eyebrows across the nation at the time, but we were serious in our program of radical reform and committed to the view that government has a key role to play in improving the quality of life. Policy initiatives in support of this commitment involved provision of community amenities and leisure services, along with the promotion of sport, fitness, the arts, open space, and parks.


Part of the philosophy behind my Government’s program of reform is outlined in the following lines extracted from the 1972 speech:

There is no greater social problem facing Australia than the good use of leisure. It is the problem of all modern and wealthy communities. It is, above all, the problem of urban societies and thus, in Australia, the most urbanised nation on earth, a problem more pressing for us than for any other nation on earth2.


Some years have passed since these words were spoken, but what I proposed back in 1972 as the problem of the 1980s is also the problem of the 1990s and is destined to remain a problem for the foreseeable future. Leisure, like all things human, is constantly changing and each new generation enters into a leisure environment – in terms of non‑work hours, urban recreational space, the environment, technology, popular culture and the like – which is recognisably different from that which preceded it.


My government recognised the need for reform in this important and changing sphere of life and, for the historical record, some of our achievements are referred to below. Armstrong’s (1985)3 thesis is the basis for the précis of policy initiatives which follows.


In fulfilment of promises made in relation to the quality of life and urban policy, the first Federal Department of Tourism and Recreation was established on 19 December 1972, and Frank Stewart, a first grade player with Canterbury‑Bankstown Rugby League Club, was appointed the Minister. The Department was responsible for the initiation of policies and the implementation of Government decisions on the development of tourism and recreation in Australia. As Armstrong4 rightly asserts, ‘the Department proceeded not in isolation, but as part of a total package of reform policies. The underlying basis to these policies was the intention to improve the access of individuals to communal resources’. Through a process of community consultations, the Department uncovered an enormous range of need in the areas of community recreation, sports development, the environment and training. Issues related to each area were addressed for the first time between 1972 and 1975. The Department commissioned a series of reports, one of which led to the establishment of tertiary education courses for people working in sport and recreation. Other reports addressed issues related to women and leisure, the recreational priorities of youth and tourism development. The concept of leisure was promoted through seminars and publications. Community centres were created and policy initiatives were directed towards youth affairs. A research program was initiated in an attempt by the Department to gather intelligence about this hitherto neglected area.


In the case of sports development, the Department of Tourism and Recreation encouraged national sports associations to prepare plans for long-term projects and, later in the Government’s term, allocated grants to projects of a long-term nature only. Sport had not traditionally received assistance from the federal Government and so there was a conditioning process involved for organisations not used to preparing submissions and long-term plans. The Fraser Government abolished the Department on 22 December 1975 and in 1976 withdrew entirely from direct support of sports development, just before Australia’s undistinguished performance at the Montreal Olympics. This withdrawal signalled a reversal of policies of the previous three years.


In the area of the arts, I had the privilege as Prime Minister of laying the foundation stone for the National Gallery in 1973 and letting the contract to build it. Then, in 1975, I put through the National Gallery Act, the gallery finally being opened in October 1982. By the 1970s, nearly all state galleries, museums and libraries had been in decline for decades. The national initiatives spurred the State governments to improve the accommodation, services and standards in State collecting5. I later had the honour of chairing the Council of the Australian National Gallery for four years (1987‑1990). While collections and structures flourished in galleries, they did not flourish in museums. In April 1974, my Government appointed a committee chaired by Peter Pigott to report on museums and national collections. The report was tabled on 5 November 1975. The Museum of Australia Bill was introduced in April 1980 and received assent in October of the same year. As yet, however, the foundation stone has not been laid!6 In contrast to the rapid developments which occurred in the area of sport (e.g. development of the Australian Institute for Sport and the Sports Commission) under subsequent governments, I was moved in 1990 to say, ‘apparently the Prime Minister believes that there are more votes in sports than in arts’7.


Expenditure figures played a major role in measuring the effectiveness of Sport and Recreation policy during the course of my Government. For the Budget period 1975‑1976, the appropriation for the sport and recreation area alone was $12.2 million, a $4.1 million increase on the previous year. Of this,  $6.3 million was allocated to capital assistance for leisure facilities, community sporting and arts/cultural activities. A total of $3.4 million was allocated to youth, sport, national fitness and community recreation. The amount expended on capital assistance for leisure facilities represented the bulk of all outlays from the sport and recreation branch. The emphasis was therefore placed on servicing the community with facilities8.


In the case of the provision of such facilities, Armstrong9 builds a case in favour of technical efficiency. ‘The money expended brought immediate improvements to the provision of facilities through such projects as re‑surfacing playing fields, providing floodlighting, building indoor recreation complexes, providing multiple netball courts, upgrading pool equipment and building boat ramps and pontoons’. Such expenditure was in line with my Government’s commitment to improve community standards and the quality of life.


The Department of Tourism and Recreation was also active in its tourism development role and from the outset recognised that despite the emphasis given to overseas tourists, the Australian tourist industry is based and dependent largely on the movement of Australians at leisure in their own country. A research program was initiated to enable the Government to draw a profile of Australian tourism to guide it in its policy development. The first national Domestic Tourism Survey was administered in 1975 and now such surveys are a central part of the industry. The Department also became involved in tourist attraction development, accommodation assistance, training of tourism personnel and the licensing of travel agents10.


Because of the vast range of initiatives which the Department undertook, not all were successfully completed. For example, Frank Stewart asked Dr Allan Coles of the University of Queensland to lead a study group to examine the feasibility of a national sports institute. The study group’s report was published in November 1975. It was not, however, until September 1980 that the Fraser Government incorporated the Australian Institute of Sport as a public company. This it did by way of amends for its earlier withdrawal from support of sports development11. The Australian Institute of Sport Bill was introduced by John Brown [Labor Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism in the Hawke government] in April 1986 and received assent in October 1986. Now after two decades of intermittent attention by successive Governments, the importance of each area addressed by the first Department of Tourism and Recreation is more or less taken for granted.


When I was approached to write the foreword to this book I was pleased to see that many people across Australia had seized the opportunities made available to them in the course of my Government, as evidenced in the maturing field of leisure and recreation studies in Australian universities and colleges of technical and further education.


Leisure services provided by Federal, State and Local Governments, and in the voluntary and commercial sectors, have expanded enormously in the last twenty years and become increasingly professional. These services are vital for the quality of life of Australians and require sound professional training and education of the personnel involved. For this they need literature and other resources which reflect Australian conditions and address local problems at issue. This book by Rob Lynch and Tony Veal fulfils this role admirably. The book presents a comprehensive picture and analysis of leisure in Australia. It covers the history of leisure, play and culture in Australia including the 40 000 year history of Aboriginal culture and the continuing influence of indigenous culture on contemporary Australian life. The book inquires into many aspects of leisure including sport, outdoor recreation, the arts, entertainment, leisure in the home, and tourism. Politics and the role of government are examined as are voluntary organisations and private leisure enterprises. The authors have presented us with a view of leisure which illuminates both its political and historical importance in shaping aspects of contemporary Australian life and identities. The book also engages in areas of sensitive debate concerned with race, gender, age, and multiculturalism, situating leisure in the political context of each of these areas.


In my role as Australia’s Ambassador to UNESCO I was again alerted to the political power which can be exercised through sport and leisure, as the African nations had me chosen as the Chairman of the Second International Conference on the Sports Boycott against South Africa held in Paris in May 1985. Later, when touring Africa with my wife Margaret in 1993 in support of Sydney’s bid to host the 2000 Olympic Games, I found that Australia and its sport and leisure traditions are held in high regard throughout the world. In Africa, those whom I encountered were very impressed that we had encouraged and provided for our people to develop their potential in our own, non‑prescriptive way. Freedom of choice has been preserved in the leisure and sporting policies of the past few decades.


I trust that the accomplishments of the Labor Government of 1972‑75 have laid some foundations for future generations, as I remain committed to the enhancement of the quality of life of all peoples. As Australia moves into a new century, it will face both fresh and familiar challenges in relation to the environment, technology, multi‑culturalism and the quality of life. The relatively free realm of leisure and the contribution which this area of activity makes to the quality of life will, I believe, continue to be central to many of these concerns.



1     Lynch, R. L. and Veal, A. J. (1996) Australian Leisure. Sydney: Pearson Education.

Veal, A. J. and Lynch, R. L. (2001) Australian Leisure (E2). Sydney: Pearson Education

2     Whitlam, E.G. 1972, ‘Australian Labor Party Policy Speech’, Blacktown Civic Centre, 13 November, p. 26.

3     Armstrong, T.M. 1985, Sport as Public Policy 1972‑1975, Master of Human Movement Studies thesis, University of Queensland.

4     Armstrong, 1985, ibid, p. 128.

5     Whitlam, E.G. 1990, ‘National Collecting Institutions’, Inaugural Myer Lecture, Friends of the National Library of Australia, Canberra, pp. 10‑11.

6     It was eventually opened in 2001 – RL, AJV

7     Whitlam, 1990, ibid., p. 10.

8     Armstrong, 1985, op. cit., p. 140.

9     Armstrong, 1985, op. cit., p. 143.

10   Department of Tourism and Recreation, 1975, Review of Activities to 30 June 1975, AGPS, Canberra, pp. 28‑36.

11   Whitlam, 1990, op. cit.,  p. 9.

2015 ANZALS Conference – Details Announced

September 4th, 2014

Details of the 2015 ANZALS Biennial Conference have been announced on the ANZALS website.  Please visit the ANZALS conference page for the details.

ANZALS looks forward to your company in Adelaide in December 2015.

First Edition of the ANZALS Magazine – #1, July 2014

August 4th, 2014

Please find below a link to the new ANZALS magazine created by our ever-enthusiastic editor Arianne Reis.  We hope that you will enjoy the read.

Please click on this link to download the magazine: ANZALS Magazine n1 July 2014 [pdf: 1.44mb].

ANZALS welcomes the University of Tasmania as its newest patron

July 24th, 2014

ANZALS would like to welcome the University of Tasmania as its newest patron.   This patronage comes through a partnership between the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics and the Institute for Regional Development.

Please view all of the ANZALS patrons at

Research Connections Newsletter #7

July 1st, 2014

Please find attached the latest edition of Research Connections.

Please click on this link to download Research Connections #7 [843kb]

CFP: Annals of Leisure Research – Sporting and Cultural Events: Contested Legacies

July 1st, 2014




Sporting and Cultural Events: Contested Legacies


Whereas the language of legacy has dominated sport and cultural event narratives over the last two decades, in recent years there has been a greater recognition that the outcomes of these events do not happen automatically but instead need to be planned, resourced, and led by a range of partners and funders (Misener & Mason, 2010; Foley, et al, 2011; Gratton & Preuss, 2008). In academic and policy communities there is debate over the most useful strategies and tactics used to ensure that the beneficiaries of these events are considered in advance, during delivery and in the period beyond (Chalip, 2006; HM Government, 2013).


On one level, sporting and cultural events have been credited with the potential to change perceptions of cities and nations and act as a catalyst for change. Yet, on another, there is contestation over the value of these events and their impact on the people and places affected by their delivery.


This Special Issue invites papers from those presenting at the 2014 Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference, Sport, Festivity and Digital Cultures – hosted at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) – but also the wider interdisciplinary academic community studying the event phenomenon in the following areas, amongst others:


· _Urban space and zoning

· _Digital and social media

· _Spectatorship, fandom and audiences

· _Citizen-consumer identities

· _Tourism legacies

· _Sport and cultural participation outcomes · _Policy and planning legacies · _Volunteer legacies · _Parasport legacies · _Events and protest/resistance

Important dates for authors:

Submission of abstracts:


Please send proposed paper title and an abstract of no more than 500 words to guest editors Professor David McGillivray (, Professor Gayle McPherson ( and Dr Sandro Carnicelli, from University of the West of Scotland, no later than Monday 15th August 2014. We will advise the outcome by the 1st of September 2014.

Submission of full paper:

30th November 2014 (further details to be advised upon confirmation of abstract acceptance)


Publication: November 2015



Chalip, L. (2006). Towards social leverage of sport events. Journal of Sport & Tourism, 11, 109-127.

Foley, M., McGillivray, D. & McPherson, G. (2011). Event policy: From theory to strategy. London, UK. Routledge Gratton, C., & Preuss, H. (2008). Maximizing Olympic impacts by building up legacies.International Journal of the History of Sport, 25(14), 1922-1938.

London, UK: Routledge.

HM Government (2013) Inspired by 2012: The legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games A joint UK and Major of London Report Cabinet Office Misener, L. & Mason, D.S. (2010). Moving beyond economic impact: Sporting events as a community development tool. Journal of Management and Organization, 16(4), 495-514.

Professor Gayle McPherson, BA (Hons), PhD, FHEA, FRSA Chair in Events and Cultural Policy University of West of Scotland Room A222 Paisley Campus PAISLEY


Tel: 0141 848 3233






Book: Research Methods in Sport Studies and Sport Management: A Practical Guide

May 22nd, 2014

A new book has been published entitled “Research Methods in Sport Studies and Sport Management: A Practical Guide”.  It is a 2014 book by A.J. Veal and Simon Darcy published by Routledge.

You can order your book at and you can receive a 20% discount by using DC361 as the code.

CFP: Annals of Leisure Research, Special Issue: THE DRESS ISSUE

April 10th, 2014

Call for Papers, Annals of Leisure Research, Special Issue: THE DRESS ISSUE

Guest Editor: Prof Alison L Goodrum, Department of Apparel, Manchester Metropolitan University, England
According to Entwistle (2000: 6) “all people dress the body in some way, be it through clothing, tattooing, cosmetics or other forms of body painting. To put it another way, no culture leaves the body unadorned but adds to, embellishes, enhances or decorates the body”. In this scholarly definition, even Nudists and Naturists, although eschewing material items of clothing, are dressed, be this in the form of, say, a splash of perfume, a slick of moisturiser, a necklace or a goatee beard. This Special Issue takes this expansive definition of dress and explores its application to, and significance within, Leisure Studies.

The links between dress and leisure are multiple, longstanding, and range across time and space. In the 1920s, for example, French couturière, Coco Chanel, gave utilitarian jersey fabric a high fashion ‘spin’, endorsing its easy-to-wear qualities as a motif for modern living. And, today, stretchiness and comfort remain as important material properties in both active- and leisurewear. While certain leisure pursuits call for ‘dressing down’ and the wearing of decidedly non-specialist dress, other leisure activities demand modes of dress that are strictly policed and/or technically sophisticated. On a cultural note, sports-based communities such as ‘Bikers’, ‘Skaters’ and ‘Surfies’ identify themselves tribally through esoteric sartorial markers (favouring a particular brand of clothing, for example).

The current resurgence of handcrafting, knitting and home dressmaking as a cross-generational, fashionable, and often gender-distinctive, pastime, presents yet a further link between leisure and dress: one that relates to making-as-hobby. The vernacular in dress is pertinent, too, to sporting spectatorship. For example, fans may use make-shift props, face-paints and fancy dress costuming to display support for individual players or teams. More generally, sports fans comprise an eager and profitable cohort of consumers keen to purchase goods relating to their interests such as replica kits and commemorative garments and merchandise.

Shopping for fashionable dress and accessories is itself, for some, an all-consuming pastime or passion. The practice of shopping has altered radically over the past decade with internet and TV shopping offering alternative routes to market and, with them, shifts in the consumer experience. Other alternative sites and spaces for the consumption of dress include the car boot sale, thrift store, flea market and swap shop. These informal, often festive or festival-like spaces, move the consumption of dress from formalised retail industry into the realm of entertainment.

The Special Issue seeks, then, to capture, and to map, the diversity and dynamism of the many links between dress and leisure. The discipline of Leisure Studies has engaged with these links but has tended to do so in a haphazard way, touching on dress as an adjunct to, or spin-off from, larger projects. The proposed Issue will marshal together original research papers on dress and leisure, an underexplored, and perhaps under-considered, area in Leisure Studies. The outcome will be a publication that repositions dress as a central, and significant, subject in, and for, leisure, whilst simultaneously promoting leisure as a rich topic, too, for scholars from such disciplines as fashion theory and dress history. We welcome paper submissions that address any of the following (and related) topics on dress and aspects of leisure (as well as relevant others):

  • Style tribes and leisure/sporting subcultures and fandom
  • Performance-, active-wear and technical design in/for leisure and sport
  • Histories of leisure and dress
  • Spaces and sites of/for leisure and the performance of dress
  • Buying, shopping and consumption of dress as leisure, pleasure and/or anxiety
  • Leisure, sport and the dressed and/or undressed body
  • Collecting dress, shoes, accessories and bodily adornment/s
  • Craft, making and the (domestic) production of dress as a leisure pursuit
  • Leisure, dress and non-conformity/subversion

Important Dates for Authors:

Submission of Abstracts: Please send proposed paper title and an abstract of no more than 250 words to the guest editor, Alison Goodrum ( no later than 21st July 2014. We will advise the outcome no later than 4th August 2014.

Submission of Full Paper: 2nd March 2015 (further details to be advised upon confirmation of abstract acceptance).

Publication: First issue of 2016 (approximately January)

CFP: Advancing Event Research Seminar Series June-July 2014, Perth and Melbourne, Australia

March 27th, 2014

The theme of the Perth research seminars at the Curtin Business School is Event, Festivals and Communities.  The theme of the Melbourne research seminars at Victoria University is Events in Society.  Please click on this link - Advancing Event Research Seminar Series – Call for papers final - to download the details of these seminar events.

Last call for papers for World Leisure Congress 2014

March 4th, 2014

There is still time to submit an abstract for the World Leisure Congress that will be held in Mobile Bay Alabama USA from 7 to 12 September 2014.  Abstract proposals are due by the end of March.  More details are available via


Thomas and Ruth Rivers International Scholarship Award is intended to provide opportunities for senior or graduate students, who are studying recreation, leisure studies, leisure services, leisure resources or tourism studies in college or university programs, to attend and present a scholarly paper at the biennial international World Leisure Congress.  Please share this information with your research students! The Scholarship Award provides the scholarship recipient(s) the opportunity to attend and participate in an international congress.  The recipient(s) are provided a world-wide forum for the presentation of a scholarly paper.  The scholarship includes: (1) Congress registration fee; (2) accommodation during Congress; and (3) transportation by air from a suitably located departure point.


More details are available from A number of esteemed ANZALS members have received this award in the past.


Please contact John Tower ( if you have any questions about World Leisure Organisation activities, or check the WLO website –

CEAD 2014: Sensual Landscapes of Ethnography

January 26th, 2014

The third international Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines conference will take place in New Zealand from 25 – 28 November 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

CFP: Annals of Leisure Research 2015 Special Issue: Children, Families and Leisure

November 15th, 2013

Children and families form the closest and most important emotional bond in humans. This relationship is what drives humanity and society, and positions families at the centre of leisure activities. Read the rest of this entry »

Latest issue of Annals available online

November 8th, 2013

Annals of Leisure Research (volume 16, issue 3) is now available online. This is a special issue entitled ‘Cultural Life’, Disability, Inclusion and Citizenship: Moving Beyond Leisure in Isolation and guest edited by Jerome Singleton and Simon Darcy. Access to the journal for ANZALS members is via a secure link in the members section of the website.

2nd CFP: “Challenges and Experiences of Outdoor Education in Latin America”

November 7th, 2013

The guest editors invite interested researchers to contribute theoretical and/or empirical papers related to the theme of this special issue “Challenges and Experiences of Outdoor Education in Latin America” of the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning (JAEOL). Read the rest of this entry »

CFP: Leisure Studies Special Issue – Mobile Lives: Migration, Migrants and Meaningful Leisure

October 9th, 2013

Migrants are frequently perceived through the conceptual lens of their mobility and work-related activities. In this special issue we want to draw attention to another important dimension of migrants’ lives: their leisure activities. For more information click here.

CFP: Aerial activities

September 17th, 2013

Abstracts are now being accepted for the European scientific conference “The Quest for the Sky : Human techniques, creativity, organization and territoriality in aerial activities”, to be held 18th to the 20th of September 2014, Saint Hilaire du Touvet, France. For more information click here.

2014 World Leisure Congress Call for Abstracts

September 17th, 2013

September 13, 2013 – The World Leisure Organization has sent a call for abstracts for the 2014 World Leisure Congress to be held Sept. 6-12, 2014 in Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA. Read the rest of this entry »

International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas

June 25th, 2013

The 7 th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas, Tallinn, Estonia, August 20-23, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

CFP: Canadian Congress on Leisure Research 14th conference

June 20th, 2013

We are looking forward to hosting you at the CCLR14 conference in Halifax, NS, Canada from May 21 to 24 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Vancouver Island University’s Visiting Scholar Programme

February 15th, 2013

Vancouver Island University’s World Leisure Centre for Excellence welcomes applications for their Visiting Scholar programme. For more information click here: Visiting Scholar Application 2013 -2014.

Island University’s World Leisure Centre for Excellence were hoping that you would post our Visiting Scholar Application

Annals of Leisure Research: Back issues

February 14th, 2013

We would like to advise that all back issues of the Annals of Leisure Research (starting with Volume 1, Issue 1 in 1998) have now been uploaded into electronic format by Taylor and Francis (see Please check with your university to see whether they have updated their catalogue.

ANZALS / CAUTHE memorandum of understanding – renewed for 2 years

January 23rd, 2013

The ANZALS Board and the CAUTHE Executive committee are very happy to renew the MOU between the two organisations for the next two years. Read the rest of this entry »