I am currently looking for contributors for a collected volume of essays on leisure in twentieth century Britain. I first conceived of this project when I gave a paper alongside Sandra Dawson (mid-century holiday camps) and Allison Abra (interwar modern dance). My own research focuses on the regulation of football spectating in Britain, with an emphasis on adolescent leisure and violence. Our papers fit nicely together as we discussed themes of nationalization, regulation and modernization of leisure in late imperial and postwar Britain. After talking with Allison, who shared my frustration with the lack of theoretical frameworks and analytical discussions of leisure as a fruitful subfield of historical inquiry, I began to consider collecting thought-provoking essays that exist in the liminal spaces between the disciplinary boundaries of traditional leisure studies, history, sociology, and cultural studies.
This volume would be a collective effort that sought not only to illuminate groundbreaking research in these fields, but to also draw from and integrate multiple analytical traditions present in contemporary research into the intersections of leisure, modernization, Britishness, and culture, among other themes. I imagine the volume to have seven to eight well-crafted essays, along with an introduction. Leisure is broadly defined in this volume, and the essays will be grouped into three or four themes for organization purposes. I have already received several solid ideas for essays and a few initial drafts for the collection, and am writing to seek out more worthwhile contributions.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss a possible contribution, or if you know of someone who may find this project fits their current research.
Assistant Professor of History
Clinton, South Carolina.
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