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  • Alan A. Lew
    ... From: Mary Mostafanezhad Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 3:00:49 PM Subject: CFP-- Traveling for a Cause: Critical
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      From: "Mary Mostafanezhad" <mary.mostafanezhad@...>
      Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 3:00:49 PM
      Subject: CFP-- Traveling for a Cause: Critical Examinations of Volunteer Tourism and Social Justice

      Traveling for a Cause: Critical Examinations of Volunteer Tourism and Social Justice

      This panel critically examines the intersection of volunteer tourism and social justice. Over the last decade there has been a rise in 'volunteer tourism' or 'voluntourism,' which is characterized by the combination of  travel and volunteering, typically in social or economic development or conversation oriented projects. Central to volunteer tourism rhetoric is the presumption that volunteer tourism ventures can and should bring about positive impacts to host destinations. This rhetoric is mediated by strong overtones of 'social', 'justice', 'pro-poor', 'green', and 'eco' tourism, which highlight the capacity of tourism to make a direct and tangible improvements to host communities and, or the natural environment in tourism destinations. From what started off as a niche sector taken up by only a few tourists, volunteer tourism is now one of the fastest growing niche tourism markets in the world. Despite enthusiasm of volunteer tourism supporters who profess the potential for volunteer tourism to address poverty and environmental degradation, there is a noticeable growth in pessimistic and cynical assessments regarding the "dark side of volunteer tourism." These assessments often proclaim that volunteer tourism is nothing but "a morally seductive adaptation of modern mass tourism" (MacKinnon, 2009).

      The papers in this panel theoretically and empirically examine the dynamic interplay between volunteer tourism and the broader expansion of market mediated social justice campaigns as well as the potential for volunteer tourism experiences to facilitate myriad implications for the volunteer tourists and host community members. Positioned against larger trends such as ethical consumerism in tourism, religious mission travel, work and study immersion programs, and academic fieldwork as 'volunteer tourism,' this session examines the various implications of volunteer tourism and its supposed benefits to social, charitable or environmental causes. As such, the papers in this session contribute to emerging critical research agendas around the intersection of volunteer tourism and social justice.

      Submissions: Please submit your AAG pin number and abstracts of no more than 250 words along with a short author(s) bibliography by email to Harng Luh, Sin (hlsin@...)  or Mary Mostafanezhad (mary.mostafanezhad@...)

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      The AAG has extended the CFP deadline to November 14th

      For a full list of AAT-RTS sponsored session, please visit: http://www.geog.nau.edu/rts/sessions/2013.html
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