Digital Leisure

A Stream on “Digital Leisure and its Experiences”
as part of the 3rd Annual International Symposium on Leisure & Recreation
14-17 May 2018, Athens, Greece
sponsored by the Athens Journal of Sports

The Sports, Leisure & Recreation Unit of ATINER organize a Steam on “Digital Leisure and its Experiences” as part of the 3rd Annual International Symposium on Leisure & Recreation, 14-17 May 2018, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Sports.

It is possible to define leisure through many approaches. Even in many languages, it is hard to find a term which is equivalent to leisure. After all, it has a long history. Starting from classic Greek philosophy, the concept has taken considerable attention. It might be defined in a number of ways: as activity, primarily for the experience itself; as time beyond obligations, maintenance, rest and necessities of living; as a state of mind connotes self-actualization; as a quality of action for doing something in a real time and place. In other words, leisure is a dimension of life and a transaction between individuals and their environments; it is personal stories with spatial qualities (Stewart 1998). It is an obvious fact that we live in a world that is changing in almost every day. In this respect, the nature of leisure has radically undergone considerable transformation and will continue to change more in the future. The “digital age” is rapidly making this transformation faster, cheaper, wider and pervasive. Contemporary technological developments expand markets for different products, services and activities; printed media, visual media, auditory media and many other forms of entertainment are on the edge of even more dramatic changes, which has changed and will eventually change our time use behaviors and leisure experiences. Accordingly, this stream aims to bring together the papers that investigate the interconnection between the changes in digital age and transformation of leisure experiences. You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair of a session or observer.

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Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 2 April 2018 to: Dr. Guliz Mugan, Academic Member, ATINER and Associate Professor & Vice Dean, Okan University, Turkey. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to

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