TALS 2021 Virtual Conference


Leisure Pasts, Leisure Futures

As we continue to face challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional format of the TALS Conference on Research and Teaching has been altered for 2021 to feature a number of virtual events throughout the month of February. While further information is forthcoming on the Opening Bannon Lecture, Friday Research/Teaching Seminars, and the Closing Keynote Panel, this CALL FOR ABSTRACTS is for two distinct weeks of virtual research and teaching presentations (February 8-12) and virtual poster sessions (February 15-19). TALS 2021 Annual Conference will provide opportunities to engage colleagues in theoretical and applied research and teaching related to leisure sciences. Additionally, by operating in a virtual environment over a period of days allows the TALS 2021 Annual Conference presentations and poster to showcase the possibility for a greater range and depth in feedback on showcased presentations and posters, increased potential collaborative opportunities, and the deepening of discussions.

Building off of past gatherings in Indianapolis, Greenville, and Champaign, TALS 2021 Annual Conference will operate under the theme of “Leisure Pasts, Leisure Futures.” This theme should assist authors in the field of leisure studies in tailoring their abstracts but also attract interested parties outside of the field of leisure studies. In this case, “leisure pasts” should guide the authors who wish to submit their research or teaching abstracts on topics that relate, speak to, challenge, or present a reinterpretation of leisure research and teaching of/on the past. Abstracts submitted under the theme of “leisure futures” should pay extra attention to implications, goals, aims, or solutions for future study, teaching, or practice.

As has been the case with past gatherings, appropriate topics for proposals include those connected to leisure, recreation, sport, tourism, therapeutic recreation, play, experience industry management, events, park and natural resources, as well as topics that transcend disciplinary boundaries drawing from such fields and disciplines as psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, public health, or geography to explain leisure behavior and practices associated with it.

The online events in February are also designed to showcase cutting-edge teaching and learning with open discussion topics generated by conference attendees, such as teaching methods and strategies, research on student learning, critical pedagogy, curricular (re)development, and other areas in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

To facilitate engagement among presenters and attendees, abstracts submissions proposed, should they accepted, will be pre-recorded presentations or posters which will be shared in a virtual social media setting.

TALS 2021Annual Conference encourages submitting papers that are works-in-progress seeking constructive feedback, best-practices in teaching to share with colleagues, completed research that has moved toward publication, and innovative teaching demonstrations, to name a few.

Abstracts cannot exceed ONE page, single‑spaced (see detailed instructions below).

Abstract submission due date: September 17, 2020.

Please see the abstract preparation HERE


TALS 2021 Annual Conference Committee:

Justin Harmon. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Harrison Pinckney. Clemson University

Brooke Burke. Minnesota State University

Birgitta Baker. Penn State University

Corliss Outley. Clemson University

Monika Stodolska. University of Illinois

Rasul Mowatt. Indiana University, President of TALS and Chair