Conference Call for Presentation Proposals 2023

Conference Theme: Playship: A Pathway For Building and Sustaining Equitable Playful Spaces
May 17-19, 2023
Place: Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City, New York
Types of Presentations:
Research Session (50 minutes)
Research sessions include individual presentations on new or ongoing research related to play and play provision. Individual presenters will be given time to share their original research (i.e., systematically designed, generalizable studies employing sound methodologies and data analysis practices). Multiple (2-3) presenters will be assigned to one session with a discussant. The first part of the session will allow researchers to present their work for 10-15 minutes. The second part of the session will be for a discussion led by a discussant.
Workshops (50 minutes)
Workshops emphasize learning by doing and allow participants to explore topics in depth through hands-on activities, reflection, and discussion. Proposals should include a detailed outline describing the types of learning activities and interactions you plan.
Roundtable/Symposium presentations sessions (50 minutes)
Similar to the Research Session in which there are multiple presenters. However, the roundtable sessions are self-organized, with 2-4 presenters and one self-selected facilitator. This is designed for participants to engage in an academic discussion on a specific topic of common interest. The roundtable discussions allow participants to get together in an informal setting to examine issues related to play and play provision research. The proposal must include an outline of the presentations and provide time for discussion.
Pre-Recorded poster presentations via CANVAS (15-20 minutes)
Recorded poster session presentations will include a pre-recorded audio or video presentation with PowerPoint or other digital visuals. The research applied research, action research, play advocacy events or programs, and the practice and promotion of the necessity of play will be accepted.

Please submit your proposal with the following information:

  • Current contact information and a brief bio for the main presenter or facilitator
    and all co-presenters
  • Presentation title (no more than 10 words)
  • Type of presentation
  • Session abstract- 150-250 words
  • Session description 350-500 words
    o Provide a conceptual framework for your work.
    o List expected outcomes for session participants.
    o Outline the session activities and plan for interaction.
    o Approval of Recording Session and Photos

Submission Deadline: February 10, 2023
Acceptance Notification: February 28, 2023
Please submit your proposal here:
We create equitable playful spaces when we make room for different and varied experiences and opportunities. Through equitable playful spaces, we can hope to build a culture of care within which each individual can thrive as fulfilled members of society. We therefore have a responsibility to advance equity. We do this best when we are effectively supported and when our wider communities embrace diversity and full inclusion as strengths, uphold fundamental principles of fairness and justice and work to eliminate structural inequities that minimize diverse experiences and limit equitable opportunities.

Advancing equity requires understanding broader societal contexts, individual and group biases, and how historical and current inequities have colored our experiences. Playship is a state or condition that positions individuals with the skills and ability to create playful spaces by eliminating biases rooted in our nation’s social, political, economic, and educational structures. Playship creates an environment where all
members feel welcome, valued, and caring for each other. This playful environment promotes opportunities to learn where and how injustice and inequality operate and advocates equity and inclusion.

Researchers, practitioners, activists, and advocates from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, education, eldercare, healthcare, social work, sociology, psychology, and zoology, will gather at this conference to share their playfulness, research, practices, and thoughts for “Playship” and as a pathway for building and sustaining equitable, peaceful, accepting, and playful spaces. The conference calls upon advocates, practitioners, and multidisciplinary scholars exploring the potential of play in creating a new world to contribute empirical papers, posters, symposia, and workshops that capture the dimensions of this process.
The Association for the Study of Play recognizes and celebrates the diversity of research and perspectives on the study of play. We believe that diverse perspectives enhance new knowledge and understanding. Our goal is to create an inclusive conference environment that invites participation from scholars of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, nationalities, and sexual orientations. We strive to create a learning space where participants are treated with respect and dignity, and all individuals are provided an equitable opportunity to participate and contribute.

Topics can include play and its relation to current contexts, such as (but not limited to)
the following:
● Animal Play
● Anti-racist, Anti-bias, and Inclusive Play
● Children’s Voice and Participation in Play
● Climate Change and Play
● Historical and Future Contexts of Play
● Play and Social-Emotional Learning
● Play Environments
● Play in Education
● Play in Healing and Mental Health
● Play Rights Across the Lifespan
● Risk and Freedom in Play
● War, Political Unrest, and Play


IPA USA October Conference

Mark your calendars, and join us in San Antonio, TX, October 6-9 as the American Association for Promoting the Child’s Right to Play-IPAUSA comes together for the “Right to Play…RIGHT NOW!”

IPA Conference Registration Flyer

The USA continues to be the last nation to not ratify Article 31. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, share, connect, and continue to advocate for the Child’s Right to Play.


Registration is Now Open –  — Early Bird Registration ends July 31st.

This four-day conference will focus on advocating for the need to play, play equity, nature play, and the importance of play as a restorative practice following traumatic events. We all need that! Together we will work to all leave with action steps to advocate for play, address play equity, design remarkable outdoor play environments, and revive our inner child through restorative and playful field trips. 

Let’s Reclaim Our JOY!

This conference is going to be held in San Antonio, Texas on October 6-9, 2022, and will be a space for unity and inspiration that reflects the audience it serves and the restorative environment needed to ignite play advocacy and action. Yes! This means there will be a rhythm of speakers, presenters, and intentional activities to restore the inner child in all of us as we lean into the ebb and flow of exuberant learning and joyful relaxation. Ahhhhh!

Over these four days, you can look forward to: 

  1. Welcome and Classic Conference Day 1 at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), followed by Evening Exploration and Welcome Reception at The DoSeum
  2. Classic Conference Day 2 at UIW, followed by an evening enjoying play in nature, plus reception, at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.
  3. Day 3 gets you out of the conference room and out into San Antonio! Four different tour options, each with transportation, lunch, and visits to two play-focused locations in the San Antonio area, fill your day with play and learning. Keep the party going afterward with BBQ and a Hoe-down, catered by Texas favorite, Pinkerton’s! (Optional event, ticket required.)
  4. The Unconference and Play Festival at UIW! Also available is a very unique way to start your day – with a Beastly Breakfast! (Breakfast optional, overlaps Unconference, ticket required.)

The Theme Of The Conference Is Right To Play, RIGHT NOW!

Children need the social, physical, mental, and emotional benefits of play now more than ever. So what is happening RIGHT NOW? What are the challenges to play right now? What are the success stories? What is research telling us right now? What can we do together RIGHT NOW to take play to the next level?? Speakers and sessions at this conference will be invited to present on the following themes in an engaging and interactive manner:

  • Play + Advocacy/ Tools for Change
  • Nature Play
  • Research
  • Playwork
  • Social Justice / Play Equity- UNCRC
  • Child-friendly Cities
  • Play Provision/COVID Play
  • Play Design
  • Action Steps for implementation
  • Improvisation – creative and innovative presentations

Possible Online Options
Given the tumultuous period of unprecedented events we are enduring during this global pandemic, we are giving constant consideration to having online or on-demand options should conditions concerning travel and fellowship not be conducive to in-person events during the time of this conference. Should these options come to light, we will notify presenters and attendees.  


2022 Conference Registration Information

The registration link:

The conference costs: 

TASP Member: $50

Non-Member: $100

Student Member: $10

Student- Non-member: $25

Retirees: $25


2022 Online Conference Call for Presentation Proposals

The Association for the Study of Play Online Conference Call for Presentation Proposals 2022 is available in the link:


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