Association for the Study of Play (TASP) Holds 2011 Conference at The Strong

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

April 19, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

The Association for the Study of Play (TASP)
Holds 2011 Annual Conference April 27—30
at The Strong®

Play scholars from 27 states and 10 countries (Brazil, Canada, Finland, Israel, Norway, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States) will converge at The Strong in Rochester, New York for The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) 2011 Annual Conference, which will be held Wednesday, April 27 through Saturday, April 30.

This year’s conference theme is “Play and Health” and speakers from a multitude of disciplines (including anthropology, education, music, child and family studies, sociology, and psychology) will reflect upon the ways families, schools, and communities can promote play as part of a healthy life.

Brian Sutton-Smith, one of the three most prominent play scholars of the 20th century, and namesake of The Strong’s Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, will introduce a BBC film, Fields of Play, and comment briefly about the past, present, and future of the study of play. The Thursday morning keynote speaker is Bowen White, M.D., who founded the Department of Preventive and Stress Medicine for Baptist Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. His address, “Why Normal Isn’t Healthy,” will focus on the need for individuals to take responsibility for their own health and well being.

Registration will remain open through Friday, April 29. To register, or for more information:


About The Association for the Study of Play: The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) is the premier professional organization in academia dedicated to interdisciplinary research and theory construction concerning play throughout the world. Presently the Association publishes a quarterly newsletter titled Play Review and an annual volume titled Play & Culture Studies. The Association’s broad multidisciplinary focus includes the fields of anthropology, biology, communication studies, cultural studies, dance, ecology, education, ethology, folklore, history, kinesiology, leisure studies, musicology, philosophy, psychology, recreation, sociology, and the arts.

 About The Strong: The Strong® is a highly interactive, collections-based educational institution devoted to the study and exploration of play. It carries out this mission through five programmatic arms called “Play Partners.” These are the National Museum of Play, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, and the American Journal of Play.

Independent and not-for-profit, The Strong is situated in Rochester, New York, where it houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. These enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.