2016 World Leisure Congress Challenges, Choices and Consequences will be held in Durban, South Africa from June 27th to June 30th, 2016.
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.
The legacy we leave behind for future generations as leisure professionals is reflected not only in the extensive scientific research evidence debated throughout the week, but also in the mentorship and grooming of the young leisure professional as a future leader. The Congress provides a platform for young people to be part of the volunteer corp under expert supervision throughout the week.
Together with the World Leisure Centers of Excellence (Breda, Deusto, and Vancouver Island), we are thrilled to announce the innovative field school concept which will be held during the week of the Congress. Leisure and Tourism students are invited to be part of this stimulating and exciting opportunity to engage in a critical discourse with a focus on theory and hands on practicum in a local setting within the city of Durban.
The warmest place to be in South Africa is Durban (http://www.durbanexperience.co.za/). Located on the east coast, it is a popular tourist destination and coastal city, a trendsetter in offering great lifestyle, adventure activities, natural beauty and is an astonishingly liveable city. The city played host to the successful 2010 FIFA World Cup events which transformed Durban into a leisure and sustainable city where different cultures mingle. The celebration of the historic and cultural event in 2016, of the 200 year anniversary of the formation of the Zulu Nation under the leadership of King Shaka, provides the perfect landscape for the 2016 LARASA World Leisure Congress.
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), and
• 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.