There have been a number of developments since the last update. Foremost was the annual conference hosted last July by Liverpool John Moores University which was, in the LSA tradition, informative, stimulating and enjoyable. I would like to record my thanks to the University and especially the conference organizing committee for all the hard work that went into making this a successful event.
At the Association’s AGM, which took place during the conference, a number of important decisions were taken. One of the most significant was a reduction in the annual membership fee, made possible by the Association’s re-structuring of its operations and the resultant improvement in finances. We also welcomed the nomination and election of Spencer Swain (Leeds Beckett University) to the Executive Committee. Next year it will be necessary to elect more new members as a number of people will come to the end of their terms of office. A call for nomination will be circulated next year but please do consider nomination, or perhaps encouraging someone else to do so; the Association needs people to help run it. It was also pleasing to announce at the conference that Leeds Beckett University Library has agreed to establish an LSA Collection. This will comprise LSA publications, including books, newsletters, and archival documents which have been temporarily stored in a secure lock-up in Eastbourne since the Association ceased to act as a publisher. This will secure a safe home for these materials and also make them publicly available through the Library.
At the autumn meeting of the Executive Committee further developments were discussed; these included the establishment of an Officer role with responsibility for LSA Conferences and Research. The rationale of this is to support and promote the LSA annual conference and other regional one-day conferences and to investigate ways in which the Association can fulfil its commitment to the development of leisure studies by facilitating the interchange of ideas and stimulating debate. Dr. Ian Jones (University of Bournemouth) has kindly volunteered to take on this role and we will re-visit this topic at the next Executive meeting. Finally, don’t forget to enter the date of next year’s conference in your new academic diary – it’s at Leeds Beckett University, 4th -6th July 2017.
Dr Bob Snape
Chair of the Leisure Studies Association