Hello All: Now that most of you will have settled down to the new Fall term, it's time to get organized for the next AAG meeting in Tampa. Compared to last year, I have so far heard from fewer people who are planning to organize sessions - I am attributing this to the later (final) date for paper and session submissions of December 3rd.
HOWEVER, please note that October 23rd is the date you must register and submit your abstract if you do not wish to pay the late fee price. If you are planning to organize a session you also need to be registered before you can do so.
So my urgent request is first to RTS session organizers. Please get the sessions and CFPs posted as soon as possible and let me know.
Thank you to all those who have already submitted sessions and CFPs. Thanks to Alan Lew for posting these to the RTS list members. I am copying all of these below again in case you have missed any.
I hope to hear of more sessions soon. If there is not a session that fits your needs then think about organizing one! In any event make sure you get your abstracts submitted and the RTS group will do some post-hoc organizing and hopefully create coherent sessions that fit together.
Hope to see many of you in Tampa.
Acting Chair RTS
Department of Geography
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC Canada
SEE BELOW Currently proposed session
Thanks to the following session organizers
1. CONCEPTUALISING TOURISM MOBILITIES - Call for Papers
Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, Tampa, April 8-12, 2014
Sponsored by the AAG Recreation, Tourism & Sport Specialty Group. Session organised by:
Kevin Hannam, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Gareth Butler, Flinders University, Australia
Philip Xie, Bowling Green University, United States
In 2004 Mimi Sheller and John Urry published their edited collection Tourism Mobilities: Places to play: Places in play (Routledge). Their conceptualisation of tourism mobilities argued that it is not just that tourism is a form of mobility, but that different mobilities inform and are informed by tourism. This call for papers seeks to examine and review how work in Tourism Mobilities has developed in the past ten years. Tourism mobilities has been examined in a variety of contexts since then, particularly in the journal Mobilities (Hannam, Sheller and Urry, 2006). Work has examined transformations in tourism governance (Newmeyer, 2008), tourism and biopower (Ek and Hultman, 2008), digital photography (Larsen, 2008), urban beaches (Gale, 2009), sightseeing buses (Farias, 2010), snowboarding cultures (Thorpe, 2012) and the impact of the Icelandic ash cloud on tourism (Benediktsson, 2011). This call for papers seeks work that will examine recent developments in tourism mobilities research. In particular, papers are sought which focus on the connections between material, transportational and technological innovations and leisure, tourism and everyday life, as well as other future research directions for tourism mobilities research.
For additional information please email either Kevin Hannam at K.M.Hannam@...
> or Gareth Butler at Gareth.butler@...
2. RESILIENT CITIES: HOW TO REBOUND FROM CRISIS? (broader session but could include some tourism interests)
Session Organisers: Dimitri Ioannides & Patrick Brouder
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005 and then Hurricane Sandy impacted the northeastern US (including New York City) in November of 2012 many people in the United States took note. Disasters such as these are not something that only affects faraway places. They can strike at the core of global metropolitan areas, wreaking widespread devastation. It is not, however, only sudden events, which cause crises. Much has been made of the global economic crisis of the last few years, which has negatively affected numerous communities, some of which were already battling chronic decline associated with deindustrialization. For instance, Detroit has declared bankruptcy following decades of economic and political crisis. Meanwhile, residents in Athens, the host of the 2004 Olympics, have been facing massive unemployment and rising rates of homelessness as the city seems to have gone into a nosedive.
In response there are instances where people in some urban areas react by seeking innovative approaches to reinvigorate their livelihoods. Under the banner of “resilience” there are communities that have sought to identify and strengthen bottom-up approaches to reduce their dependence, for instance, on fossil fuels by encouraging more food production within their borders and less dependence on imports.
This session seeks to bring together a group of researchers to tell stories of resilience in urban communities from around the world. The aim of the session is to be comprehensive, encompassing, for instance, the following topics:
· Community reactions to sudden or chronic events: Bottom-up strategies for making places livable.
· Alternatives to cash-based development; how residents react to widespread recession?
· Street Art and urban resilience.
· Alternative forms of tourism; immersing the visitor.
· Social equity issues after crisis; who pays?
If you are interested in participating in this session please send a draft of your abstract to dimitri.ioannides@...
on or before the 28th of September 2013. Registration for the conference must be completed via the AAG Annual Meeting online submission portal by the 23rd of October 2013 in order to receive the early bird discount. Final versions of abstracts must be submitted by the 3rd of December 2013. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the session organizers.
3. TOURISM AND GOVERNING THE WILDERNESS (NB - FIRST DEADLINE OF SEPT 30 FOR ABSTRACT)
Joint sponsored session by the AAG Recreation, Tourism & Sport Specialty Group and IGU Commission on Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change
Session organisers: Jarkko Saarinen, University of Oulu (Finland); C. Michael Hall, University of Canterbury (New Zealand); Alison Gill. Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Wilderness conjures up meanings and images referring to wild, remote, rough, free, empty and untrammelled natural areas. These landscapes are often considered to represent the last parts of ‘true’ nature, untouched by the modern world. In many respect, however, this is no longer true: wilderness areas have been explored, mapped and converted into administrative (conservation) management units. In many cases they are also promoted as products or as sites of consumption, which is most clearly in evidence in connection with the tourism industry. Year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first US Wilderness Act, which has been an internationally influential reference point and also an important element in setting the governance structures for the wild and the use of wilderness in tourism and recreation. This session aims to examine the important but, at times, problematic nature of the wilderness and tourism relationship in various jurisdictions by discussing the past, current and future interplay between tourism and wilderness management.
If you are interested in participating in the session: in addition to registering your abstract for the conference on the AAG website, please submit a copy to Jarkko Saarinen (jarkko.saarinen@...
) and Michael Hall (michael.hall@...
) no later than 30th of September 2013. Other formal dead-lines: Registration for the conference via the AAG Annual Meeting online submission portal by the 23rd of October 2013 (the early bird fee); final versions of abstracts to the AAG system submitted by the 3rd of December 2013. If you need further information, don’t hesitate to contact us.
4. ASSESSING DARK TOURISM SCHOLARSHIP: NEW FRONTIERS
Session Organizers: Rudi Hartmann, University of Colorado Denver (U.S.),
Philip Stone (Institute for Dark Tourism Research, University of Central
The session invites a review of scholarly efforts made in the study of
tourism to sites where violence, tragedy and disaster occurred. The Dark
Tourism/Thanatourism approach is one of the leading research directions in
this relatively new field. Initially proposed by Foley & Lennon and Seaton,
‘dark tourism’ scholarship has been advanced considerably over the past
years. Stone who defines dark tourism as “the act of touristic travel to
sites of or sites associated with death, disaster and the seemingly
macabre” has contributed to the further conceptual foundation of the dark
tourism approach. In an introductory paper, Stone will give an assessment
of Dark Tourism Scholarship.
Submissions to the session will address, but are not limited, to the
- Dark tourism & thanatourism as a field of study
- Dissonance in the management of heritage sites with a controversial
- War and tourism: A complex relationship
- Tourism to war torn regions
- Contributions to a geography of memory: America’s landscapes of violence
and tragedy revisited
If you are interested in participating in the session, please send an
abstract to Rudi Hartmann, University of Colorado Denver:
by Oct 10, 2013.
Further information on the topic of “Dark tourism scholarship” (Philip
Stone) see forthcoming special issue Dark Tourism – New research published
on attractions of death and disaster in International Journal of Culture,
Tourism and Hospitality Research, Vol. 7 NO. 3 2013, and for a review of
“Dark tourism, thanatourism and dissonance in heritage tourism management:
new directions in contemporary tourism research” Rudi Hartmann, Journal of
Heritage Tourism, 2013 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1743873X.2013.807266
5. TOURISM THEORY
I am putting together a session on tourism theory and welcome papers on that theme for the annual meetings. Please forward ideas/short abstracts to me by October 10 at knudsen@...
so that I can get an idea of what topics might be involved. This session is in lieu of the previously posted session on Alienation/Authenticity.
I am putting together a session on the twin modalities of alienation and authenticity in tourism and welcome papers on that theme for the annual meetings. Please forward ideas/short abstracts to me by October 1 at knudsen@...
so that I can get an idea of what topics might be involved. Both theoretical and applied papers are welcomed.