The Power of Playful Discourse and Inquiry

The ​Association ​for ​the ​Study ​of ​Play ​ and ​International ​Play ​Association, ​USA ​ are ​collaborating ​to ​host ​their ​2019 ​annual ​conference, ​“The ​Power ​of ​Playful ​Discourse ​and ​Inquiry”. ​Our ​focus ​is ​to ​explore ​ways ​of ​harnessing ​the ​innate, ​joyful, ​person-driven, ​and ​character-building ​potential ​of ​play ​to ​overcome ​the ​suffering ​and ​far-reaching ​effects ​of ​divisive ​rhetoric, ​anger ​and ​despair. ​Play ​is ​viewed ​as ​a ​means ​of ​healing ​and ​strengthening ​social ​justice.

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 ​2019 ​TASP/IPA-USA ​conference. ​Collectively ​they ​offer ​refreshingly ​new ​and ​innovative ​ways ​of ​leveraging ​play ​and ​playfulness ​to ​enhance ​education ​and ​social ​justice.