Submission deadline extension

Dec 12, 2012

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that giving sequence to several requests, the deadline for submissions has been extended until December 17th 2012.

The Third International Congress in Cultural Studies: Idleness, Leisure and Free Time in Contemporary Culture accepts three forms of presentations: Conferences, Round Table Discussions and Group Works.


The Conference sessions will primarily offered by invitation to those who have published their scientific research in recognised national and international scientific journals.

Round Table Discussions

The Round Table Discussions will unite three presentations, each with a different perspective on a central, shared theme of investigation, which may be proposed by lecturers, researchers or professionals from fields central to the issues under consideration. The tables will be co-ordinated by one of the participants from each group. The co-ordinator of each group must be identifed in the proposal. The proposal must also include the complete texts of each presentation and the abstract (between 200-300 words) for the round table discussion. The duration of the discussion should be 50 minutes in total. The deadline for submissions of round table discussion proposals, with complete texts, in Portuguese/Spanish and English, is December 17th, 2012.

Scientific Communications in Research Groups

The ‘Research Groups’ consist of brief accounts of scientific investigations, in groups of four to five participants. Thus, complete Research Groups may be proposed (which must be indicated to co-ordinator involved), or individuals may send their contributions, which will be analysed and grouped by the Congress’ Organising Committee, which is this case, will be suggested by the co-ordinator. The deadline for submission of proposals, with complete texts in Portuguese/Spanish and English is December 17th, 2012. Works may be presented by professionals, lecturers, or researchers in the field (including doctorate students). Each session must last no longer than 15minutes.

Each proposal for presentation in Research Groups must indicate one of the following themes under which their research may be categorized:

GT 1 –Reflections and Appropriations on the Concepts of Idleness, Leisure and Free Time;

GT 2 –Contemporary Cultures, Subjectivities and Social Time

GT 3 – Contemporary Acceleration and Lifestyles

GT 4 – Free Time, Identities and Subjectivities

GT 5 – Free Time and the Appropriation of Space: Rethinking the City as a Place to Live

GT 6 – Tourism: The free time between consumption and contemplation

GT 7 – Popular Culture, Celebrations and Leisure

GT 8 – Free Time and the Pleasures of Culinary Leisure Activities

GT 9- Idleness, Creativity, Arts and Books

GT 10- Free time and the Life Cycle

The minutes of the works presented at the Round Table Discussions and within the Research Groups will be available in CD format through the Congress organizers. A number of works may be selected for publication in a special edition of the Doctoral Programme’s Academic Journal in Cultural Studies – Estudos Culturais – Revista Lusófona published by the Universities of Aveiro and Minho.

The official languages of the congress are Portuguese, Spanish and English. However, congress participants may present their research in any language they wish. The Organizing Commission requests that all participants send an English version of their presentation which may be projected during the presentation, in order to reach the widest possible audience.

Yours sincerely,

The Coordinator of the Organizing Committee

Maria Manuel Baptista