Rosa Parks has a Barbie. Toy Story 4 came out this summer. TASP was at the beginning of TAASP. The Association for the Anthropological Study of Play. Our culture is steeped in play but not always in a serious way. On the other hand, the critique of the popular culture of play is constant. What do dolls represent? What color should Lego bricks be for girls?
TASP 2020 will examine the cultural content of media and the anthropology of play. The historical significance of advocates of play who have influenced the study of play will also be recognized. Workshops, current research, and commentary on play and culture will be welcomed for the 2020 conference.
Our goal for this conference is to enlarge our network and engage in solution-oriented conversations to promote research, policy, and practices that supports an increasingly interconnected yet fractured world. Further, our goal is to promote dialogue, professional change, and leadership about ways in which play can make a bigger contribution in building and sustaining harmonious relationships through dialogue and inquiry.
Educators, researchers, practitioners, activists, and advocates from a wide range of disciplines will gather at this joint conference to share the Potential of Playful Dialogue and Inquiry as a pathway for building and sustaining more peaceful, harmonious relationships.
We are eager to reach out to professionals from a wide range of disciplines to conceptualize the role of play in activism, advocacy, and development of individuals and communities across a variety of contexts. We invite you as a play researcher, practitioner, educator, advocate, or activist to present your work at this unique conference. To this end, we have invited a wide range of dynamic keynote speakers to the 2020 TASP conference. Collectively they offer refreshingly new and innovative ways of leveraging play and playfulness to enhance education and social justice.