NEWS

Aug 8 2017
Montevideo-Colloquium recreandonos

Study colloquium “Recreation Dimensions: the Cultural and Institutional Aspects” (Uruguay)

The group Recreándonos, Centre for the Promotion and Research on Play, Recreation, Cultural and Community Work, organizes this study colloquium to explore cultural and institutional dimensions of recreation.

The event is supported by the group Permanent Forum of Free Time and Recreation (Foro Permanente de Tiempo Libre y Recreación), formed by professionals from Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Venezuela and Uruguay. The Forum was created 22 years ago and it led the elaboration of the “Charter of Montevideo” (in Spanish) in 2005, on the occasion of the 1st International Congress on Play, Recreation and Free Time, which gathered 1.000 people from around the world in the Uruguayan capital. The Charter is a joint declaration claiming for the values of play, recreation, and free time in the region.

This event is highly recommendable to learn more about the specifics of recreation in Uruguay and the South American region.


Photo credit: Montevideo by David Almeida on Flickr CC BY 2.0

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Aug 8 2017
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J. V. Pestana (Spain): “Integrating knowledge – from a pluralistic standpoint – is a key aspect for developing leisure as a field of study”

We talked to WLO member José Vicente Pestana, researcher at the Department of Social Psychology and Quantitative Psychology of the University of Barcelona (Spain).

In one sentence: What does leisure mean to you?

Leisure means to me the context and the experience to deeply go into what we actually are and may be.

What leisure projects, research and/or activities are you involved in?

I am currently researching about the links between leisure experiences and specifics time uses (time perspectives, procrastination), as well as theatre practices as a complex heuristics for self-development.

How did you hear about WLO?

I heard about WLO thanks to Nuria Codina, who directed my doctoral dissertation and is currently the main responsible of several research projects I am working in.

Why did you decide to become a member of WLO?

Because I strongly believe that the more we share scientific projects and human affinities, the more we may be able to change our surroundings through leisure.

What kind of synergies would you like to develop through your WLO membership?

It would be great to make reflections about the transformative side of arts as a leisure practice, combining their epistemological, methodological and social intervention issues. In my view, integrating knowledge – from a pluralistic standpoint – is a key aspect for developing leisure as a field of study.

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Aug 8 2017
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Fabián Vilas (Uruguay): “I believe WLO opens doors, and makes it possible to generate and exchange knowledge”

We talked to WLO member Fabián Vilas Serna, coordinator of the Entertainment Team of the Permanent Forum of Free Time and Recreation, and director of the Centre for the Promotion and Research on Play, Recreation, Cultural and Community Work Recreándonos (Uruguay).

In one sentence: What does leisure mean to you?

From our reality and cultural framework, we talk about “Recreation”, not about “Leisure”. Recreation is a cultural phenomenon of societies and communities, as well as a right.

What leisure projects, research and/or activities are you involved in?

I am the Director of the Collective Centre Recreándonos, which is devoted to the study and promotion of Play, Recreation, and Community Work. Our office is located in the city of Montevideo (Uruguay). I am also the Coordinator Permanent Forum of Free Time and Recreation, a group formed by professionals from all Latin America. I also do consultancy and counseling work for production and work Cooperatives, Teams, and social and business Organizations. At the moment I am conducting a research on human groups, subjectivity and daily life, within the consultancy firm GROPPO.

How did you hear about WLO?

Through a communication/call for the World Leisure Congress in São Paulo in 1998.

Why did you decide to become a member of WLO?

Because I think it is an organization that, by joining together people and organizations from all over the world, it open doors, and makes it possible to generate and exchange knowledge.

What kind of synergies would you like to develop through your WLO membership?

I would like to develop synergies for the articulation and exchange of expertise and knowledge, while taking part in academic production spaces, and supporting actions of political-institutional nature.

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Aug 7 2017
Veal & Stebbins

Follow the debate between Tony Veal and Robert Stebbins on the Serious Leisure Perspective

Prof. Dr. Tony Veal and Prof. Dr. Robert Stebbins, both members of the WL Academy and prominent scholars in the field of leisure, have recently engaged on a debate on the Serious Leisure Perspective (SLP), a theoretical framework originated by Stebbins

Details are as follows:

  • Veal, A.J. (2016). “The serious leisure perspective and the experience of leisure”. Leisure Sciences, 39(3), 205-223.
  • Stebbins, R.A. (2016). “The serious leisure perspective or the leisure experience perspective? A rejoinder to Veal”. At: researchgate.net/publication/307857914
  • Veal, A.J. (2017) “The leisure experience and the serious leisure perspective: A response to Robert Stebbins”. At: researchgate.net/publication/317740871
  • A synthesis of the SPS, dealing with, among many other matters, many of the points tackled in this debate, is being prepared at the moment by Stebbins.

Stay tuned not to miss the next updates on this crucial debate for the Leisure Studies field!


Photo credit: Prof. Dr. Tony Veal on the left and Prof. Dr. Robert A. Stebbins on the right.

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Aug 7 2017
ILR_CfP

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Leisure Review (Taiwan)

The International Leisure Review launches a call for papers on leisure, recreation, and related issues. The journal publishes studies of theoretical, applied and professional interest. Contributions may be in the form of original articles reporting the author’s research, reviews of a topic or issue, or case studies. Proposals for sets of papers addressing a common theme or issue are also encouraged.

The International Leisure Review is the official refereed journal of the Taiwan Leisure Association (TLA). It has a large, worldwide and diverse readership composed of researchers, scholars, educators, policymakers, and managers in the commercial, public and voluntary sectors, who work in the arts, the media, sport, tourism, community recreation, therapeutic recreation and other specific field, and in the wider leisure field.

Guidelines for authors are provided here.

Manuscripts and other proposals, as well as proposals of books for review, should be sent to the Guest Editor, Dr. Lawal Marafa, at lmmarafa@cuhk.edu.hk

Deadline for submissions: end of November 2017.

Publication date: end of December 2017.

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