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Football Conference

Wednesday 20 May 2015, 09:00 - 17:30
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Football as 'Inclusive Leisure': A one day conference for Football Industry

Professionals and Scholars of Football-related Studies.football conference event

Wednesday 20th May 2015, Southampton Solent University. Football as 'Inclusive Leisure' is a one day event hosted by Southampton Solent University in conjunction with Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research and Leisure Studies Association.

Football as leisure is indeed an interesting and well established concept. For some, football is a physical pursuit, a way to be at leisure while conditioning the body; for others, it meets distinctly social ends and allows a sense of community to be imagined in the face of broader social and political change. Football as inclusive leisure however is an idea that is less well defined. Although, the notion football should be more inclusive is universally popular, and certainly topical given various, recent high-profile cases of racism, sexism and homophobia, as well as fan activism, how the football industry might work collectively toward achieving inclusivity is more uncertain.

This event, hosted by the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research at Southampton Solent University and the Leisure Studies Association, seeks to understand better the usefulness of football as a vehicle for inclusion. But perhaps most uniquely, it will bring together a variety of different stakeholders from across the football family, to share best practice in a friendly, hospitable environment. This conference will bring together football and leisure scholars, educators and professionals from across the industry, all of whom are working to make football more inclusive, but often in isolation one from another.

Conference themes include:-

Fandom and Spectatorship
Digital Football Cultures
Football for Development
Football beyond Leisure (open stream)

We encourage not only attendance by industry professionals but also presentations. If you have any interest in running a short workshop or perhaps you wish to showcase some of your organisation’s current initiatives, for example, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Friday 27th February 2015.


Confirmed Keynote Speakers


Roisin Wood (Director of Kick it Out)
Roisin Wood is Kick It Out Director and has previous football industry experience having spent over three years at the Football Foundation as Head of Equalities and Diversity. Roisin, a native of County Down in Northern Ireland, has also held positions as the Partnership Manager at the London Borough of Redbridge Council and the Community Engagement Manager in the Metropolitan Police Service, and has experience in community development within divided communities after working for the Community Foundation in Northern Ireland.

Ian McDonald (Newcastle University)
An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ian McDonald’s work has screened at film festivals, academic conferences, campaign meetings and in cinemas around the world. Engaged in theory and practice, Ian has written extensively about documentaries and his latest works include a critique of the official Olympic documentary and 'the spirit of Olympism', and an investigation into myth and masculinity in the sport films of Jorgen Leth. Ian is currently working on a monograph on Sport Documentaries (to be published by Routledge).

Ben Carrington (University of Texas at Austin)
Professor Carrington studies a broad range of topics and areas generally concerned with mapping the circulation and reproduction of power within contemporary societies. More specifically, he is interested in how ideologies of race shape - and are themselves shaped by - cultural forms, practices and identities and how popular culture is often a key site of both cultural resistance and domination. His work examines the mass media, music and sport as way to understand key sociological dimensions of everyday life such as personal and communal identity and nationalistic identification and dis-identification. Professor Carrington currently serves on the editorial boards of Sociological Theory, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, the Sociology of Sport Journal, and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

Southampton FC Stadium Tour and Conference Dinner
We are also pleased to announce that in conjunction with the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research we are able to provide a stadium tour of Southampton Football Club at their Premier League St Mary’s football stadium in the early evening. The price of the tour will also include a full conference dinner which is to be hosted in the Markus Liebherr Lounge. Ex-Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy will be the conference's after dinner speaker.

The deadline for booking the conference dinner is Friday 8th May 2015.

Find out more and buy tickets on Eventbrite


Location : Southampton Solent University Conference Centre
Above Bar Street
SO14 7NN

Contact : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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