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Leisure Sciences CfP "Leisure and Surveillance"


This Special Issue asks how leisure is a crucial node for surveillance, and how the experience of leisure is changing as a result. Abstracts are invited that critically examine (but are not limited to) any of the following areas: 

  1. Public and private venue surveillance and tracking (e.g., cameras at outdoor recreation sites, concert venues, or sporting events, as well as on transit or other public spaces)
  2. Social media and its addictive, extractive, or exploitive properties (e.g., transfer of unauthorized recordings and images; fake accounts and catfishing; posting of negative, libelous, immoral, or illegal activities or comments)
  3. Privatized social capital facilitation (e.g., the “observer effect” from being recorded and that recording is subsequently publicly displayed) and State controlled social credit systems (e.g., mainland China’s mass surveillance system)
  4. Covert surveillance of individuals in leisure (e.g., the use of technology to record someone without their permission, invasion of privacy, stalking, and the questions of safety)
  5. The Panopticon and other forms of (often State-sponsored) surveillance (e.g., police bodycams and dashcams; monitoring at political and/or social justice rallies) 
  6. Countersurveillance activities (e.g., underground leisure and leisure spaces that evades surveillance and wider social acceptance along the queer, gendered, class, and racial lines)
  7. Sousveillance (recording of an activity by a participant, e.g., using a GoPro; and inverse surveillance, such as the recording the actions of others, for public criticism of mistreatment and discrimination – 911 calls, the response to racialized accusations)
  8. Total surveillance, the omniopticon, and concerns that arise from a society that surveillance is everywhere and for everything, inclusive of leisure, tourism, sport, and recreation
  9. The Gaze (e.g., sexualization, objectification, romanticization, and/or commodification of various minoritized genders, races, ethnicities, bodies, spaces, cultures, etc.)
  10. Globalization and surveillance in emerging forms of leisure (e.g., surveillance in Esports).

Key Dates and Submission Information 

Please send proposed paper title, name of author/s and an abstract of no more than 250 words to the guest editors, Jeff Rose (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Brett Lashua (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Bonnie Pang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by May 22, 2021. 


March 23, 2021 – Opening of the call for papers
May 22, 2021 – Abstracts due
June 8, 2021 – Full papers invited
June 1, 2022 – Submission of full papers by authors
December 2022 – Publication of the Special Issue