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[ecrea] CfP - Special Issue of Leisure Studies on Leisure, Activism, and the Animation of the Urban Environment
Mon Jul 23 06:56:51 GMT 2018
*Special Issue of Leisure Studies on Leisure, Activism, and the
Animation of the Urban Environment*
There is a long history to leisure and protest (Gilchrist & Ravenscroft,
2013; Lamond, 2018; Lamond & Spracklen, 2015; Lashua & Baker, in press)
in the UK as elsewhere. Urban public spaces—such as the National Mall in
Washington D.C.; Tiananmen Square in Beijing; Tahrir Square in Cairo, or
Trafalgar Square in London—have often served as rallying sites. In a
broader example, on February 15^th 2003 more than 15 million people took
to the streets around the world to protest against the pending war on
Iraq. Since then we have seen, amongst other mass mobilizations, the
Arab uprisings across several states in the Middle East; the Occupy
movement across the world; the umbrella protests in Hong Kong; Black
Lives Matter; the 2018 Women’s March; the alt-National Park movement in
the USA; and the March for Science demonstrations in 500 cities
worldwide (Pavoni, 2017). Yet, alongside this, we are concerned with the
emergence of populism on the Right, and ultra-nationalism, e.g., the UK
referendum to leave the EU; the French presidential candidate Marine le
Pen, the xenophobic framing of debates around migration and much more.
Whether conservative or progressive, these moments and movements have
relied on support and participation of people using leisure, and leisure
spaces, to protest: people who want the world to be /other /than it is.
Now appears a time to reflect on this, to ask what discourses are at
play and how to make sense of where leisure connects to activism,
protests, dissent and upheaval. We are interested in the animation of
public spaces (Glover, 2017) during, through and as activism and protest.
Dissent, unrest and collectivity can be understood across many
disciplines, each bringing varying perspectives on a central
theme—active protest—but understandings of current cultural-political
contexts through critical approaches to leisure studies and event
studies have much to offer within these debates. This special issue will
be devoted to examining relationships between leisure, activism and the
urban environment. We invite academics, activists, and protest
organisers with an interest in critical conceptual and theoretical
approaches to leisure, culture, media, tourism and events studies to
submit papers relevant to understanding how activism animates urban space.
We aim to assemble a collection of papers exploring the relationships
· events of dissent, protest, civil disobedience, resistance;
· activism as leisure in urban environments;
· activism, creativity and the animation of urban space, e.g.,
through public performance, art, theatre, graffiti, sport, music,
· the urban imaginary of space and protest: social and political
aspects of cities beyond territory; psycho-geographies, imagined
· uses of media (e.g., photography, documentary filmmaking, music,
or social media) in articulations of otherness, belonging, and urbanity.
We welcome full papers and research notes related to current social
movements that are authored, or co-authored, by activists or organisers.
If you are an activist/organiser interested in contributing to the
special issue, and less familiar with writing for academic publication,
we recommended that you contact one of the guest editors first. We can
then discuss how best to support you with converting your idea into a
We also invite papers exploring diverse methodologies and critical
approaches to researching activism, protest and dissent, including
arts-based approaches, as well as attending to researcher-participant
relationships in understanding activism, leisure, and the animation of
the urban environment.
Guest co-editors represent multidisciplinary areas of events, cultural
studies, and leisure studies at Leeds Beckett University, UK:
· Ian R. Lamond ((I.Lamond /at/ leedsbeckett.ac.uk))
· Brett Lashua ((B.Lashua /at/ leedsbeckett.ac.uk))
· Chelsea Reid ((C.Reid /at/ leedsbeckett.ac.uk))
The deadline for full manuscripts to be submitted is *31 January 2019.
*A typical manuscript for this journal should be 7,000-8,000 words. This
limit includes tables, references, figure captions, footnotes, and
endnotes. A typical Research Note for this journal should be 4,000-5,000
words. For further details, please visit the journal's *Instructions for
* Call for papers: *10 July 2018*
* Submission deadline: *31 January 2019*
* Review process manuscripts returned to authors: *31 May 2019*
* Revision process final drafts: *30 August 2019*
Gilchrist, P., & Ravenscroft, N. (2013). Space hijacking and the
anarcho-politics of leisure. /Leisure Studies/, /32/(1), 49-68.
Glover, T. D. (2015). Animating public space. In S. Gammon & S.
Elkington (Eds.), /Landscapes of Leisure: Space, Place and Identities
/(pp. 96-109). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Lamond, I. R., & Spracklen, K. (2015). /Protests as Events: Politics,
Activism and Leisure. /London: Rowman & Littlefield.
Lamond, I. R. (2018). The challenge of articulating human rights at an
LGBT ‘mega-event’: a personal reflection on Sao Paulo Pride 2017.
/Leisure Studies/, /37/(1), 36-48.
Lashua, B. D., & Baker, S. (in press). Urban subversion and mobile
cinema: Leisure, architecture and the “kino-cine-bomber”. /Leisure
Pavoni, A. (2017). /Controlling Urban Events: Law, Ethics and the
Material/. London: Routledge.
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