Canadian Association for Leisure Studies

Association #501
Canadian Association for Leisure Studies (CALS)
Conference dates: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018
To attend this conference, register for Congress and add CALS #501 in Section 3 of the registration form.
Registration is required for all conference attendees, including speakers, presenters, panelists, organizers and those chairing or attending a session.

The Canadian Association for Leisure Studies (CALS) invites you to attend "Leisure Under Living Skies" as part of Congress 2018, Gathering Diversities. "Leisure Under Living Skies" reflects the state of change in leisure studies. The province of Saskatchewan is known for its vast horizon and its "Living Skies" are beautiful, forceful, dramatic, and ever-changing. Just as the skies in Saskatchewan are vast and open, our conference will encompass a gathering of diverse leisure perspectives, behaviours, pursuits, and methodologies.

CALS is an association created by scholars and practitioners working in the field of leisure and related areas (including recreation, tourism, therapeutic recreation, and sport). Since its first formal meeting (or Congress), which was held in Quebec City in 1975, CALS has worked to meet the following four goals: (1) to create a platform for Canadian leisure researchers and those working in related fields; (2) to gather in the spirit of fostering critical dialogue, sharing research, building and strengthening relationships; (3) to support colleagues, especially emerging scholars and graduate students; and (4) to make more visible the importance of leisure to individual and community wellbeing.

This will be the first time CALS has been present at the Congress and we are very excited about joining the community!


Tourism; Therapeutic recreation; Sport; Parks and facilities; Sustainability; Community development; Recreation management; Leisure spaces and places; Diversity; Leisure and well-being; Family leisure; Leisure across the lifespan; Outdoor and adventure recreation; Technology and leisure; Pop culture; Epistemologies and methodologies; Scholarship of teaching and learning in leisure studies

Updated: 2018-04-20
Open events: 
May 31,
9:00 - 10:30
- Colonialism Skateboards
May 31,
15:00 - 16:30
- Pedagogy in leisure studies
Call-for-papers deadline: 
November 15, 2017
President's Reception: 
May 30, 2018
Program Chairs: 

Heather Mair, University of Waterloo; Rebecca Genoe, University of Regina

Local Arrangement Coordinators: 

Rebecca Genoe, University of Regina