Arts & Humanities Society & Culture

Expert on indigenous perspectives on leisure to speak at UGA College of Education

Karen Fox

Athens, Ga. – Karen Fox, an expert in indigenous perspectives on leisure, will speak on “Researching and Living Paradoxical Knowledges: Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Approaches,” on March 7 at 4 p.m. in Room G-5 of Aderhold Hall on the University of Georgia campus.

Fox, a professor of leisure studies at the University of Alberta in Canada, will speak at the College of Education as part of Ramsey Lecture Series. A reception will immediately follow the presentation.

Fox teaches courses on the human-nature relationship, leisure and community development, environmental education and ethics.

She has engaged in numerous studies with Central American immigrants and refugees, native Hawaiians, and urban Aboriginal hip-hop artists in an attempt to rethink the leisure experience, believing that these cultures engage in performative practices that integrate leisure more holistically than the dominant Western views of leisure. This led to her current interest in engaging in leisure experiences more deeply.

In this presentation, she rethinks theories about leisure from indigenous and yogic perspectives. She is interested in decentering dominant conceptions of leisure through holistic, arts-based and ecological understandings of the world.

Fox is an elected fellow in the Academy of Leisure Studies, an honorary association that acknowledges scholars who have demonstrated excellence throughout an extended career in leisure studies.

The event is sponsored by the recreation and leisure studies program in the department of counseling and human development services.