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OcioGune 2017 Advance

"Leisure and the new technological ecosystems"
(Bilbao, 28 and 29 September)

New technological advances have emerged and spread in various fields in recent years that are radically transforming our understanding of education, politics, social relations, communication and leisure. Virtual and augmented reality, social robots, wearables or smart personal assistants, among others, are a growing network of components that have been incorporated into current forms of leisure activities that cannot be longer understood as mere leisure instruments or facilitators.


OcioGune 2017 Best Paper Award

The Best Communication Award of OcioGune Forum 2017, devoted in this twelfth edition to the topic of Leisure and new technological ecosystems, was delivered on 29 September by the Chair of Leisure and Knowledge of the Institute of Leisure Studies at the University of Deusto.

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The winner of this award, promoted by the Santander Bank, has been, in its third edition, the communication titled Digital leisure in the configuration of regulatory frameworks: a look through the co-creative practice of online video games, whose authors are Alexandra Samper-Martínez, Sheila Sánchez Bergara and Ercilia García Álvarez. The purpose of this award is to encourage and appreciate the work of researchers who devote their efforts to the study of the phenomenon of leisure and related subjects. 

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OcioGune 2017. 12th Research forum on leisure.
Leisure and the new digital ecosystems

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The 12th OcioGune 2017 forum was held on 28 and 29 September. This event brought together around a hundred specialist researchers on leisure (culture, tourism, sport, recreation) and professionals from various European and Latin American countries. The reflections and contributions mainly focused on three thematic areas, which were each linked to one of the round table discussions Mediaciones inéditas del ocio (Unpublished mediations on leisure) (speakers: Elena Neira, Mikel Asensio and Luca Carrubba); Ocio y tecnología en la construcción del espacio público urbano ( Leisure and technology in building public urban spaces) (speakers: Irina Grevtsova and Fernando Bayón) and Comunidades de practicantes. Análisis y tendencias (Communities of practitioners. Analysis and tendencies) (speakers: Nuria Robles, Jorge Gallardo and María del Carmen Villén). The keynote speech, delivered by David McGillivray, offered an excellent view of the possibilities and problems in the leisure-technology dichotomy and called for new theoretical and methodological frameworks from Leisure Studies to address the complexity of this phenomenon and face up to the challenges it raises. In the closing speech, Genís Roca underscored the ethical aspect of technology development as a key element to make it an instrument to serve people through leisure.


  • Institute of Leisure Studies University of Deusto Avda. de las Universidades 24 48007 Bilbao Tel.: 944 139 075
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