Call for abstracts

Call for abstracts have now closed.

The organising committee for the 17th World Leisure Congress welcomes you to join us in New Zealand in 2023 and invites you to submit abstracts for presentation at the Congress.

Presentation types

We welcome abstracts for contributions to:

  • General Congress sessions - oral presentations (20 minute presentation and 10 minutes Q&A)
  • Special topic sessions

Special topic sessions

The below special topic sessions are open for contributions as part of the call for abstracts. Find out more about each special topic sessions.

If you would like to submit your abstract for a special topic session, please select the session when submitting your abstract.

  • 2023 World Leisure Congress Queer Scholarship Showcase
  • A 100 years of LGBTTQIA+ leisure and events
  • Academic research in leisure studies: the global south perspective
  • Adaptation and innovation of events in times of crisis
  • Archival research across leisure domains
  • Children and families in leisure
  • Diversity, Access and Inclusion in Leisure
  • Driving organisation-wide change to achieve excellence in access and inclusion for ALL in leisure
  • Experience measurement: Empirical approaches to the measurement of experiences
  • Gender and Leisure: Issues and Trends in the 21st Century
  • Higher education and innovation in the field of leisure around the world in the times of Covid-19 pandemic and beyond
  • IBPOC, 2SQ (Two Spirit Queer), LGBTQ, Disability, and Settler Ally perspectives on cultivating wellness in the academy
  • Learning communities for better places
  • Leisure and Ageing
  • Leisure and Human Rights
  • Leisure and marginalisation through a social ecological lens
  • Leisure education and the right for leisure
  • Leisure Management
  • Positive Psychology, Experience Design, and Leisure
  • Resilience and Wellbeing for communities and people in Post Covid Leisure and tourism
  • Serious leisure & event travel research: Where do we go from here?
  • The paradoxes of events studies as a form of leisure
  • Transformative travel storytelling via video documentary
  • Unstructured entanglements of human leisure and non-human animal life
  • When leisure becomes an intervention tool: Leisure Intervention Programs to enhance well-being and quality of life

Abstract formatting guidelines

Abstracts must be clearly written in English and be a maximum of 300 words excluding the title and authors.

Key dates

Call for abstracts close Now closed
Abstract presenters notifiedFrom 15 June 2023
Special topic session and abstract presenters deadline for registration31 August 2023
Full programme availableSeptember 2023
Presentations due22 November 2023

Terms and conditions

The decision to accept a special topic session or abstract is at the discretion of the Congress Programme Committee.

A condition of acceptance is that all presenting authors must register to attend the Congress. All presenters are responsible for their own registration, travel and accommodation expenses.

No funding is available from the 17th World Leisure Congress.

Have a question?

For further information please contact:

Lauren Broughton | Digital & Event Coordinator
17th. World Leisure Congress 2023 | Conference Innovators
E: lauren@conference.nz