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Oct 5 2017
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Call for book chapter abstracts: ‘Events at the Margins/Marginal Events’. DEADLINE 13 OCT!

By Dr Trudie Walters (University of Otago) and Dr Allan Jepson (The University of Hertfordshire)

Marginalisation in societies has long been the subject of academic research.  For example, marginalisation and exclusion have been identified as problematic in fields as diverse as geography (Sibley, 1995; Cloke and Little, 1997), public health (de Jong and Schout, 2013; Eliassen et al., 2013), education (Benner and Yang, 2014) and media studies (Budarick and Han, 2017), however very limited research has been carried out in the field of critical event studies.  Both individuals and communities may be/feel marginalised in a variety of ways and for a number of reasons, and we contend this is also highly relevant to events at all levels and scales and across the public, private and voluntary sectors.  As such, a great many research questions remain unaddressed in the area of event studies, for example:

  • In what ways do marginalised groups use events for social interaction?
  • How do events contribute to community cohesion, wellbeing, or QOL for marginalised communities?
  • How do communities perceive, resist or support marginal events?
  • How is marginalisation enacted or resisted in an events context?
  • How are planning decisions made when an event is financially marginal but socially beneficial

This call invites abstracts from potential contributors to an edited book entitled ‘Events at the Margins/Marginal Events’.  It is based on a book proposal by Dr Trudie Walters (University of Otago) and Dr Allan Jepson (The University of Hertfordshire) as part of the Routledge Advances in Events Book Series.

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Sep 29 2017
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News from Quebec WL Chapter: the recreation training programme DAFA continues growing

In 2016-2017, the DAFA Program, managed by the Quebec Leisure Council (CQL, Conseil Québécois du Loisir), has welcomed 3.764 new leaders, 168 new instructors, 36 new organizations and organized 240 training courses. Following the 2016 World Leisure Innovation Prize, the DAFA Program received a motion of congratulations from the Québec National Assembly. In addition, the partners of the DAFA Program updated the content of the training and carried out 22 training updates throughout Quebec. It was present in 19 regional, national and international events and has organized the 32th edition of the Journalism Award in leisure. Its two Facebook pages welcome 4,437 subscribers.  Some 150 students were met to present the community of leisure. Finally, DAFA participated in two partnership research projects: one on the leisure community and integration, and another one on the relations between the national leisure organizations and the Quebec government.

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Sep 28 2017
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Jingde County (China) designated as a 2017 World Leisure Community of Excellence

An on-site visit was made between 6 and 8 July 2017 by members of WLO Board of Directors to assess the nomination of Jingde County, in the Chinese province of Anhui, as a World Leisure Community of Excellence for the year 2017. During the visit, the evaluators met with county officials, staff of management committee of Huangshan Mountain and staff from the local travel company, as well as the Executive Vice Mayor of Jingde County, the Vice Mayor in charge of Tourism, Health and Social Services and the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Jingde County. The purpose of such meetings and interactions was to gauge the level of commitment of the leadership as regards to leisure industry and services to the community.

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Sep 27 2017
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Senthil Kumaran Piramanayagam (India): “I am researching to develop a comprehensive universal design of built leisure infrastructure”

WLO welcomes Senthil Kumaran Piramanayagam as a new member. He works as a professor and a research at the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Administration and Centre for Hospitality Research (WGSHA), Manipal University (India). Keep reading to know more about him!

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Sep 27 2017
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Laurel Sliskovic (Canada): “Leisure is the perspective that shapes how I actively participate in my geographic and social communities”

Read our conversation with Laurel Sliskovic, a graduate of Vancouver Island University, a World Leisure Centre of Excellence (WLCE), who works at The Sociable Scientists Inc and just renewed her WLO membership.

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