Graduate Leisure Research Symposium

Formed as a chance for graduate students in the wide-ranging fields of recreation, leisure, tourism studies and therapeutic recreation to come together and share research and ideas, the Graduate Leisure Research Symposium is a forum to present to peers and faculty in a low-stress and supportive environment.

Hosted by the Graduate Association of Recreation and Leisure Studies (GARLS), the symposium aims to:

  • advance discourses of knowledge surrounding leisure research (broadly defined to include recreation, sport, tourism, therapeutic recreation, and the like)
  • facilitate scholarly communication among students and faculty interested in various aspects of leisure research

The 29th annual GARLS Symposium will be held May 5th to 6th, 2022 as a virtual conference. The theme is “Leisure in process: Reflections on leisure, sport, tourism and recreation scholarship” with keynote speakers Kevin Eshkawkogan, President and CEO of Indigenous Tourism Ontario and Dr. Linda Oakleaf, Department of Kinesiology, Missouri State University. Zoom links for the sessions will be emailed to registrants a few days ahead of the symposium.

Call for Abstracts

We invite graduate students (and senior undergraduate students pursuing research) interested in any aspect of leisure, recreation, sport, and tourism research to submit an abstract for the Symposium, and to take advantage of this unique opportunity for scholarly and professional growth.

You can download the 2022 GARLS Symposium call for abstracts details (pdf).

The submission deadline is Friday March 11, 2022 at 11:59pm EST

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Thank you kindly,

Rebecca Koroll and Gaurav Panse, Co-Chairs
29th Graduate Student Leisure Research Symposium