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14th Biennial Australia and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies Conference 2019

Proudly co-hosted by the University of Otago, Lincoln University and Queenstown Resort College

Conference dates

The 2019 ANZALS conference will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand.

The official conference welcome function (including panel discussion and informal drinks/nibbles) will take place early evening on Tuesday 10 December 2019, and we would love to see you there! The main conference will run from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 December 2019.

There will also be a special session for Higher Degree Research (HDR) students earlier in the afternoon of Tuesday 10 December 2019.

Conference theme

The conference theme is 'The Diversity of Leisure' and we call for contributions that highlight the breadth and depth of research and industry experience in the area of leisure and leisure studies.

This theme was deliberately chosen as we wish to (a) encourage a diverse mix of scholars to participate, and (b) showcase the wide variety of leisure-related research being carried out across disciplinary boundaries.  However, we believe the notion of 'diversity' in the title carries a deeper, more fundamental meaning which in turn connotes a significant responsibility on us as organisers.

Celebrating diversity

Diversity not only means the diversity of research being carried out in the field of leisure studies and related areas.  It also means diversity in the geographic location of that research, and giving voice to the diverse range of scholars carrying out that research. For example, at this conference we want to focus on diversity at all levels and we believe this entails showcasing work of a wider variety of scholars than would usually be the case with the traditional keynote format - hence the panel discussion to be held as part of the welcome event. We want to create a conference that celebrates diversity, which signals the need for it to be accessible and inclusive.

We desire to be transparent in our decision-making, therefore we have included a discussion of why accessible and inclusive conferences are important, what this 'looks like' for ANZALS 2019 and how we have sought to achieve this through conscious planning. Find it on the About tab.

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