2024 Graduate Leisure Research Symposium

The 31st annual GARLS Symposium will be held May 3, 2024 as an in person conference in HLTH EXP 1689. Coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided. The theme is “Leisure futurities: crucial reflexivity towards relations and resistance” with keynote speaker Jay Bailey.

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

Thank you kindly,

Wut Yee Kyi Pyar and Melanie Lim, Co-Chairs
31st Graduate Student Leisure Research Symposium

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Primary objectives of the symposium
2024 keynote speaker
Student presentations
Symposium schedule

Primary objectives of the symposium

  1. To offer students the opportunity to present their research and ideas in a supportive, inclusive atmosphere.
  2. To advance the state of knowledge about leisure, recreation, sport, and tourism through a public forum of shared research.
  3. To facilitate scholarly communication among students and faculty interested in leisure research, and to create the opportunity for constructive criticism and debate.

2024 keynote speaker

Jay Bailey is the co-founder of Two Row on the Grand (award-winning Deyohahage Gihę' gowahneh/Two Row on the Grand, a grassroots non-profit volunteer organization). Two Row on the Grand is an annual healing and reconciliation paddle from Cambridge to Lake Erie, enacting the teachings of the Two Row Wampum, with Indigenous and ally paddlers side by side, sharing campgrounds, meals, cultural teachings, and the river. Jay’s keynote will center health, wellbeing and relationship development via leisure from both decolonial frameworks, Indigenous and scificaly, Haundenosaunee worldviews and organizational perspectives.

Student presentations

Presentations and posters are either completed research studies, or works in progress. Case studies, philosophical pieces, literature reviews, conceptual development papers, and completed empirical studies are all included. Abstracts are subject to a blind review process. Presentations will be 15 minutes with discussion, and posters will be displayed throughout the conference, including dedicated poster discussion time. We invite graduate students (and senior undergraduate students pursuing research) interested in any aspect of leisure, recreation, sport, and tourism research to attend the symposium, and to take advantage of this unique opportunity for scholarly and professional growth.

2024 symposium schedule

Schedule coming soon.

Time Session title
9:00 a.m. Meeting room opens and gathering begins
9:10 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Land Acknowledgements
9:15 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. Symposium kick-off and opening remarks
9:25 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. Introduction and welcome address
9:35 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Remarks
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. University Research Chair's remarks
10:00 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. GARLS President's introduction, welcome address
10:05 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. Guest speaker
11:05 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Coffee break
11:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Grad student presentation 1
11:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Grad student presentation 2
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Grad student presentation 3
1:20 - 1:40 p.m. Grad student presentation 4
1:40 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Grad student presentation 5
2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Grad student presentation 6
2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Grad student presentation 7
2:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Networking coffee break
3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Grad student presentation 8
3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Grad student presentation 9
3:50 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closing remarks

2024 GARLS symposium social

The Symposium Social hosted by Graduate Association of Recreation and Leisure Studies (GARLS) will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Grad House (200 University Ave W) on May 3. Food will be provided.

2024 GARLS symposium registration

Registration is required.


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