Sports and Leisure Activities in the South & East Mediterranean Countries

A Small Symposium on “Sports and Leisure Activities in the South & East Mediterranean Countries”
as part of the 5th Annual International Symposium on Leisure & Recreation
11-14 May 2020, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Sports

The Sports, Leisure & Recreation Unit of ATINER is organizing a Small Symposium on “Sports and Leisure Activities in the South & East Mediterranean Countries” as part of the 5th Annual International Symposium on Leisure & Recreation, 11-14 May 2020, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Sports.

In 2011 the events known as the Arab Spring drew international attention to discontents that simmered throughout the region: not enough jobs, too many poor quality jobs, over-priced housing, poor public services and lack of democracy. None of these discontents have gone away. In 2011 the cultural creativity of the region’s young people produced sounds and sights that amplified the public’s expressions of discontent. This symposium invites contributions which explore whether free time today is a domain in which discontents are ameliorated, or a site of resistance, or, for too many, where marginalisation and exclusion are amplified. Also, how do opportunities to engage in sport and other leisure activities vary by age, gender, educational backgrounds and employment status?

You may participate as presenter of one paper or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

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, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip 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 27 April 2020 to: Ken Roberts, Academic Member, ATINER & Professor Emeritus of Sociology, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool, UK.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. lead 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 Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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