Past Conferences


Theme : Leisure as a Human Right

Theme: Leisure as a Human Right

When : 9 – 11 December 2015

Where : School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia

Description : 

ANZALS 12th Biennial conference in December  2015 at University of South Australia, Australia

The right to access and participate in leisure is enshrined in a number of international conventions and declarations beginning with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) – Articles 24 & 27. While there has been global consensus that access to leisure is a human right, there still remain a number of challenges and issues that individuals, communities and nations face in relation to fulfilling this right.


Understanding leisure in a complex world : Promoting a Critical Leisure Studies

Understanding leisure in a complex world: Promoting a Critical Leisure Studies

When : 4-6 December 2013

Where : Monash University, Peninsula campus, Australia

Description : 

In this context, our conference theme addressed two intertwined issues:

  • that social, cultural and economic diversity and polarisation is increasing across, between and within global regions; and
  • that this complex environment presents an opportunity for leisure academics to develop a more critical and inclusive leisure studies.

The key question we had for delegates of this conference was where does leisure fit amongst these significant issues and what can leisure studies offer in response to the challenges our society is now facing? We have argued for many years the importance and benefits that can be accrued to society from leisure at a community, family and individual level. How does this now fit within societies affected by such extensive social problems? Can leisure itself in the form of ‘dark’ or ‘deviant’ leisure be part of the problem? Through this conference, we called for a critical interrogation of the place and value of leisure within a rapidly changing global society.


Challenging Leisure : Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies

Challenging Leisure: Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies

When : 6‐8 December 2011

Where : Department of Tourism and School of Physical Education, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Description : 

“The demand for and the provision and consumption of leisure is becoming ever more diverse. At the same time the world is facing up to the reality of finite resources.

It is against this backdrop that academics, industry practitioners, and public bodies are being challenged to understand and react to the changing face of leisure and society in a cohesive, productive, and sustainable manner. At the same time leisure studies, as a maturing discipline, is being challenged to re-situate itself within academia and to redefine its relationships to a plethora of disciplines and study areas.

Paralleling this is a re-conceptualisation of the position of leisure in society as the mirage of the leisure society is pushed into history and lifestyle choices and work demands vie for attention from the general public and policy decision makers.

The result is challenging and exciting times for leisure studies scholars and the aim of ANZALS 10th biennial conference is to provide a forum for academics, industry practitioners, and public bodies to come together to explore the challenges and opportunities facing leisure and to examine possible avenues of future interest and value to all three. While looking forward another challenge is to ensure that the lessons learnt in the past by those interested in leisure are fully utilised as we look to an exciting future.”

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