Catherine Healy - New Zealand Prostitutes Collective
"The Oldest Trick: "I'm just popping out for a walk!" Leisure and the Sex Industry"
Catherine Healy, from Wellington, is the National Co-ordinator and a founding member of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, which was established in 1987 to promote the rights, health and safety of sex workers. In recent years, she has spoken at the House of Lords, and is a co-editor of the book Taking the crime out of sex work: New Zealand sex workers fight for decriminalisation, (Abel, Fitzgerald & Healy; London: Policy Press, 2010). Catherine was on the winning team that won the debate “That this house should decriminalise prostitution” held at the Oxford Union in February 2010. According to the New Zealand media, Catherine was the first New Zealander to be invited to speak at the Oxford Union Debate since David Lange in 1985. She has sat on a range of boards and committees, and is frequently asked to provide advice to countries on issues affecting sex workers, and the policies and laws surrounding them. She was a member of the Government appointed Prostitution Law Review Committee, 2003-2008 and has assisted in major research projects as a field researcher. On a daily basis, she provides advice and information to female, male, and transgender sex workers, as well as brothel operators and other participants in what some term “New Zealand’s oldest leisure industry”.
Chris Rojek - Brunel University, UK
"Event Management: A Critique"
Chris Rojek is Professor of Sociology & Culture at Brunel University, West London. He is the author of many books, the latest of which are 'Pop Music,Pop Culture' (Polity, 2011), 'The Labour of Leisure' (Sage, 2010) and 'Brit-Myth' (Reaktion, 2008). He is far from being an eminence grise in Leisure Studies, but for many years he was an enfant terrible. In a prolific array of publications, most notably, Capitalism and Leisure Theory (1985); Decentring Leisure (1995); Leisure and Culture (2000); Leisure Theory: Principles and Practice (2005); and The Labour of Leisure (2010), he sought to develop what he calls an 'action approach' to the study of free time. Among other things this involves recognizing the situated character of freedom, the embodied (emotional) nature of leisure practice, the production of 'abnormal' forms and the tendency of the leisure profession to regard leisure and recreation in a positive, uncritical light.
His most recent book, The Labour of Leisure, argues that, far from being 'free' time, leisure is the main setting in which men and women today assimilate the knowledge and skills of emotional intelligence and emotional labour which they transfer to personal relationships and the labour market. In the Western economies as many as 7 out of 10 of all workers are employed in the service sector. This means being adept in skills of self promotion, impression management and people skills. Leisure is where this type of 'life coaching' is concentrated.
Rojek was awarded the Allen V.Sapora prize for outstanding achievements in the field of Leisure and Recreation Studies in 2003. In 2009, he was Hood Fellow at the University of Auckland. His current work is a book on celebrity, Fame Attack: Celebrity Inflation and its Consequences and he is also writing a book on Event Management.
In addition to his Professorial career, for many years, Rojek has been a leading publisher of books and journals in Social Science: with Routledge, London (1986-94) and Sage Publications, London from 1994 to the present day. He publishes 30 books per year, runs 12 journals, attends relevant national and international conferences and is responsible for a turnover of over seven figures. So the ivory tower and board room are equally familiar to him.
Jim Sibthorp -University of Utah, USA
Youth Development and Adventure-based Recreation: Questioning Research and Practice
Jim got formally involved in outdoor education while teaching scuba diving and boating safety for academic field semesters. As these student groups completed their expeditions, many had changed in unintended ways. Some had clearly had transformational experiences that were more related to the group dynamics, overcoming hardships, or personal introspection than to the academic content of the courses. This curiosity motivated Jim to work for several adventure education programs and to eventually pursue a Ph.D. in Leisure Behavior from Indiana University. Today Jim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah where he regularly teaches courses on youth programming, adventure and experiential education, and research design and analysis. In addition, Jim coordinates the Adventure and Outdoor Programs Emphasis in the Department and was awarded the College of Health’s Distinguished Mentor Award in 2008 for his continued work with graduate students.
Jim’s current research focuses on youth development through outdoor and adventure programming. Through his work with both the American Camp Association (ACA) and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Jim continues to design, implement, and translate studies that bridge research and practice. As a longtime camp staff and current NOLS instructor, Jim actively works to ensure research has applied implications. There is no better reality check for “generalizable research findings” than a group of 13 teenagers on a two week NOLS course in the Wyoming Range. Recently completed projects include the development of the ACA Youth Outcomes Battery and the NOLS Transfer Study.
Jim has written extensively on topics involving outdoor and adventure education and regularly publishes in the Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, and the Journal of Experiential Education. He currently serves on the Research Advisory Council for the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors and the Journal Advisory Committee for the Association of Experiential Education.