The symposium conveners are Dr Ian Lamond; Professor Karl Spracklen and Professor Kevin Hannam.

Dr Ian Lamond joined Leeds Metropolitan University in April 2012 having taught as an associate lecturer in cultural policy at Sheffield Hallam University for three years. He has presented work at conferences on political communication, cultural policy and discourse analysis. Ian’s research background is in philosophy, dance communications theory and the analysis of political discourse. He has published in all three areas academically and written extensively for British arts professional publications for arts practitioners. As well as his academic work Ian still maintains a high profile in community arts. His recent work has included performance and new writing projects for Blackpool library service and Blackpool arts service. His PhD is in the history of British cultural policy (1945 to 2010) was awarded by Sheffield Hallam University.

Professor Kevin Hannam recently joined the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Metropolitan University as Professor of Tourism Mobilities from the University of Sunderland where he was Associate Dean (Research) and Head of the Department of Tourism, Hospitality & Events. Kevin is founding co-editor of the Routledge journal Mobilities (with John Urry and Mimi Sheller) and on the editorial board of the Journal of Heritage Tourism, Tourist Studies and Annals of Tourism Research. He started out as a political geographer but has since published books on tourism, in particular, the research monograph Tourism and India (Routledge) and the text Understanding Tourism (Sage). He is chair of the World Leisure Organisation’s Commission on Tourism and the Environment and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). He holds a PhD in geography from the University of Portsmouth, UK and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Professor Karl Spracklen is Professor of Leisure Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is currently the Chair of the Leisure Studies Association and the Secretary of the International Society for Metal Music Studies. He is interested in the meaning and purpose of leisure and the construction of social identity in leisure, sport, tourism and culture. He has published widely on the black metal music scene, as well as whiteness and blackness in sport, rugby league and northernness, and authenticity and whisky tourism. His latest book, Constructing Leisure, a history and philosophy of leisure, was published in 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan.


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