Tourism, People and Protected Areas in Polar Wilderness
Date: 13-16 June 2010,
Venue: Abisko, Sweden
Abstract deadline: 10 March 2010
Registration deadline: 10 April 2010
Conference web page: http://www8.umu.se/soc_econ_geography/IPTRN/call.html
Polar areas have recently raised enormous interest from various directions. Geopolitical struggle over resources and growing concern regarding the impacts of climate change on polar environments are only two reasons for the increasing awareness directed towards polar areas often focusing the regions’ ecological vulnerability.
These changes are intertwined with issues related to human mobility and here particularly the role of tourism can be highlighted. The remoteness of the polar areas promises tourists extreme climatic conditions, undisturbed wilderness, authentic heritage and exotism. These factors have been successfully used to lure an increasing number of tourists into the polar regions. Hence meanwhile desired by national and regional governments and also some communities as a way of achieving regional development and sustaining livelihoods for polar peoples, the growing numbers of tourists have created concern among environmentalists, academics and locals. Obviously, the needs and desires of tourists collide with local subsistence, global conservation interest and other resource exploitation. Hence in some cases mining, tourism, nature protection and indigenous traditions compete for the same spaces. The idea of ‘peripheral’ polar areas is thus increasingly contested and in the light of global change polar areas have been moved into the center of interest as never before.
This forms the background for the 2nd conference of the International Polar Tourism Research Network in Abisko, Sweden.
Abstract submissions addressing both theoretical and empirical issues are welcomed. A review process will be applied to ensure high-quality contributions to the conference. Moreover, the location of the conference in the sub-polar region of Sweden and the subsequent logistical limitations imply that only a limited number of delegates can be accepted for the conference.
Abstracts should state the title of the presentation and the names and affiliations of all authors. The abstract itself should be about 250 words. Abstracts should be send to dieter.muller@...
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Dieter K. Müller, Ph.D., Professor, Vice Head of Department
Department of Social and Economic Geography, Umeå University
SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
Tel.: +46 - 90 - 786 63 66, cell.: + 46 - 70 - 216 43 27, fax: +46 - 90 - 786 63 59
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