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Oct 25 2017
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2018 WL Field School: Are you a leisure student? This will surely be of your interest!

The World Leisure Field School is an international experience combining field experience and Congress attendance. The 2018 World Leisure Congress to be held in São Paulo (Brazil) focuses on the theme “Leisure Beyond Constraints”. The theme refers to the issue of leisure and access in its broadest sense, and comprises at least three dimensions of barriers – physical, socio‐economic and symbolic – which must be recognized, discussed and overcome, so that all people can fully enjoy and take advantage of leisure. Utilizing that theme, students will study and experience leisure constraints in a local Brazilian community. Students will be in the field for approximately 3-4 days followed by the Congress attendance. The first inaugural WL Field School took place in Mobile, Alabama, and the second one in Durban (South Africa) with 30 students from 9 countries, so a very dynamic, global experiential exposure is expected in beautiful Brazil!

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Oct 25 2017
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Representatives of WLO visit Zhejiang University

On the 21 October, right after the closing of the Third World Leisure Forum, WLO representatives were offered a guided tour through the Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University. After a visit to the University History Museum, the group was welcome by Prof. Li Min, director of the International Relations Office. Then, Prof. Roger Coles, WLO Chairman, introduce the work of the network, followed by an introduction to Zheijang University’s College of Education research on Sports, Health and Leisure, delivered by Lijun Jane Zhou, Associate Dean at the College and also a WLO Board Member.

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Oct 25 2017
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WLO Board Members participate in Sports, Leisure & Tourism Festival and Summit in Wuyi (Zhejiang, China)

The 6th Sports Leisure Tourism Festival and the Sport & Leisure Development International Summit 2017 combined academic discussion on leisure with the opportunity to enjoy some local cultural and leisure expressions. The Festival and the Summit, which took place in Wiyu County, in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, counted with the participation of several WLO Board of Directors members, who were invited by Lijun Jane Zhou, Associate Dean at the College of Education, Zhejiang University, and also a WLO Board Member.

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Oct 25 2017
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Open call for applications for WL Communities of Excellence: Why apply?

WLO has recently launched a news call for applications to become a World Leisure Community of Excellence. The designation World Leisure Community of Excellence is bestowed for a three-year period upon communities that have successfully used leisure in its widest forms to reinvent themselves and to improve the economic, social and cultural lives of their citizens, and that have made substantive contributions consistent with advancing the mission of WLO.

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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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