The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) is the premier professional organization in academia dedicated to interdisciplinary research and theory construction concerning play throughout the world. Presently the Association publishes a quarterly newsletter titled Play Review and an annual volume titled Play & Culture Studies. The Association’s broad multidisciplinary focus includes the fields of anthropology, biology, communication studies, cultural studies, dance, ecology, education, ethology, folklore, history, kinesiology, leisure studies, musicology, philosophy, psychology, recreation, sociology, and the arts.

TASP recognizes and celebrates the diversity of research and perspectives on the study of play. We believe that diverse perspectives enhance new knowledge and understanding. We strive to create a learning space where participants will be treated with respect and dignity and where all individuals are provided an equitable opportunity to participate and contribute.


50 th Annual conference

The Golden Anniversary of Play Research: Embracing the Past, Inspiring the Future

DATE: March 20-23, 2024
LOCATION: The Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY