The University of Alberta is pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for the 16th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research (CCLR16).

The deadline for submission of abstracts is November 30, 2019

The congress provides attendees with an opportunity to share their scholarship on leisure with national and international colleagues from a diverse spectrum of academic fields. Abstracts are welcome from all disciplines and all interests in leisure.

Submission Information

The theme of the congress is Leisure and Quality of Life (QOL), broadly construed, and includes:
        • Cross-cultural perspectives
        • Indigenous perspectives
        • Leisure-time physical activity and QOL
        • Nature, outdoor recreation, and QOL
        • Social justice and QOL
        • Social and positive psychology perspectives
        • Sport and QOL
        • Programming and policy implications
        • Tourism and QOL.

Individuals are encouraged to submit abstracts that address this theme, though all submissions will be given equal consideration. Abstracts may be submitted as a Traditional Paper, Developmental Paper, Poster, Themed Session, or Alternative Format (see below for details or click on a link to go there directly). Whichever is chosen, all formats are considered of equal scholarly status. The program committee will coordinate the doubleblind review and assessment of all submissions. It will also make final decisions regarding the program. Abstracts must be sent electronically to

Fully complete abstracts submitted by midnight on November 30, 2019 will be considered for presentation at the Congress. Instructions for submitting an abstract are detailed below.

Organization and Review Process

Each abstract will be double-blind reviewed. Abstracts will be evaluated based on:

        • appropriateness and suitability of its subject matter for CCLR16;
        • adherence to format requirements described in this Call for Abstracts; and
        • overall quality.

Any abstract previously published or presented at another national or regional meeting is not acceptable for presentation at CCLR16. However, new aspects of the previously published or presented material may be considered. All applicants are bound by ethical rules that prohibit plagiarism in writing or oral presentations. The program committee will try its utmost to avoid scheduling conflicts.

Who May Submit

Submissions are encouraged from anyone with a scholarly interest in leisure, broadly construed. Abstracts may focus on theory, research design and execution, as well as leisure practice, programs, and/or policy.

Note for students: Students are encouraged to submit abstracts reporting empirical research, theoretical work, and works-in-progress. Student submissions will undergo the same review process as non-student submissions. Students are welcome to submit abstracts as a Poster or Traditional Paper, however they may also want to consider the Developmental Paper option as it is designed to provide constructive critique of a submission.

How to Submit

Abstracts must be submitted electronically to Please read ALL of the instructions carefully before completing an abstract submission. Abstracts may be submitted in either English or French. Abstracts will be published online in the language in which they were submitted and should reflect the preferred language of presentation. Changes to submitted abstracts will not be accepted after the deadline.

Abstracts must be submitted by midnight on November 30, 2019.

Upon Acceptance

The primary contact for each abstract will be informed of the status (accepted/rejected) of their submission in January 2020. Presenters of accepted abstracts will be advised of registration deadlines to confirm places in the program at that time.

Meeting Participation/Registration

All individuals attending the congress (including presenters) are required to register and pay the registration fee before their presentations are officially added to the program. This includes ALL presenters, moderators, and organization representatives who are in attendance at the conference. Full conference and one-day fees will be available.

Audio-Visual Equipment Requests

Audio-visual equipment available for presentations include: 1 laptop computer running Windows; 1 LCD projector; and 1 screen. All other equipment must be arranged by the presenter.

Presentation Formats

There are five formats for presentation at CCLR16:

        1. Traditional Paper Individual presentations allow for a brief overview of the major points/highlights of a particular research project, program, or paper. Papers are limited to 20 minutes (15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion). Paper presentations must report on work completed by the author(s).
        2. Developmental Paper There are three categories of developmental papers: research proposals, conceptual papers, and empirical papers. Research proposals should include research questions or hypotheses, a brief summary of the literature that has informed the questions, and proposed methods for data collection and analysis. An empirical paper should include the same elements as a research proposal submission and also some preliminary analyses. Conceptual papers should include a description of the relevant literature and some preliminary ideas for the theoretical contribution. Developmental submissions that are accepted will be assigned to a group with other developmental papers. Each author will have 5 minutes to informally present their ideas, and will then listen for 10 minutes as the other participants discuss the author’s ideas/work. There will be 5 minutes at the end for follow-up questions or discussion. Authors will be expected to review each other’s work in advance and come prepared to participate in these discussions.
        3. Poster The poster session is a visual paper. Material will be mounted on free standing display panels and interpreted by the author during the poster exhibition session (this is mandatory). Abstracts must be informational and must report on work completed. The format for a poster session is the same as for traditional papers.
        4. Themed Session A themed session is a collection of no more than four papers contributed by a group of individuals, usually from different institutions/organizations, on a single theme. Each participant delivers a paper relevant to the theme. The chair presides over the presentations and discusses the papers as they relate to each other and the overall topic. Themed sessions are 90-minutes to allow for presentation and discussion. Gender equity for themed sessions is strongly encouraged.
        5. Alternative Format The program committee welcomes submissions that propose alternative formats (e.g., performances, screenings, debates, flipped presentations, etc.).

Abstract Submission Instructions

        1. Abstracts must not exceed 600 words in length. Those failing to meet this requirement will be rejected without review. Three-to-five keywords and a reference list are required, but do not count toward the abstract length.
        2. For traditional papers, developmental papers, posters, and alternative format presentations, abstracts must include a title and describe the purpose of the proposed presentation, explain the approach used (e.g., theoretical lens, methods), describe the ideas or findings it will explore, and articulate the practical or scholarly relevance that makes it suitable for CCLR16. For themed sessions, abstracts must be submitted for each presentation and submitted collectively in one document. A brief description of the conference theme and its relevance to CCLR16 should accompany the joint submission.
        3. All author identification must be removed from the document properties of each submission (for PC users, in Word, go to File, then properties, summary and remove author name; for Mac users, in Word, go to Preferences, Security, remove personal information from this file on save). Contact information, including the name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address of the principal author and names and institutional affiliations of any co-authors, should be listed on a separate page. These will be removed for the double-blind review process.
        4. The author(s) must indicate a preferred format: traditional paper, or developmental paper, or poster, or themed session, or alternative (see above for description of each type of format).
        5. Abstracts should be submitted through the Google Form on the conference website (


For questions regarding submission and review of CCLR16 abstracts, contact Program Chairs, Dr. Howie Harshaw ( or Dr. Gordon Walker (