January, 2012

Call for Papers – Tourism Mobilities

TOURISM MOBILITIES: Examining Tourism at Different Speeds

ICOT 23rd – 26th May 2012,

Archanes, Crete

Special session at “Setting the Agenda for Special Interest Tourism: Past, Present and Future”

This session explores the intersection between various kinds of tourism mobilities. It focuses especially on two fields which shape tourism mobilities, namely technology and the senses. It is interested in highlighting the way in which both technology and the senses encourage and promote different speeds at which tourism is imagined, performed, and consumed. The aim will be to address the agencies of such speeds and examine the degrees to which different speeds intermingle, converge or by contrast diverge. The session then evaluates the relationship between technology and senses in tourism practices. It is hoped that perspectives gained from the dynamics of speeds in tourism processes provide invaluable insights and solutions to the evolution of tourism at a time when environmental, financial, and political strains and crises keep affecting both its practices and discourses.

The session builds on the understanding of ‘social as mobility’ introduced by the New Mobilities Paradigm and embraces its pivotal role in highlighting the ‘social’ as core in shaping (as well as being shaped by) diverse mobilities such as corporeal, imaginative and virtual travel, circulating objects, goods, money, images, waste etc. Of importance for tourism studies is the way in which the New Mobilities Paradigm and other theoretical approaches supporting a mobile logic keep contributing to unpacking and unlocking engrained static and sedentary perspectives. In this respect then the session faces the challenge of locating different speeds of technologies and senses beyond, below, and in-between opposites such as movement and stasis or distance and proximity.


‘Mediating Tourism Mobilities’ investigates the role and consequences of technologies, materialities and networks in tourist experiences and practices. Tourism inevitably involves diverse systems and networks, comprised of material, technological and human parts. On the one hand, tourism is enabled by ‘scapes’ or enduring networks of machines, technologies and organisations that enable flows of people, images, texts and information. The unevenly distributed flows at varying speeds not only claim some places and leave others on the margin, but also affect the way places are imagined, planned for and experienced. On the other hand, tourist bodies become interwoven with objects and technologies constituting hybrid assemblages of human and material parts that assist movement and experience of the world. Systems and networks (also social networks) thus enable and mediate the speed and rhythms through which places are imagined, performed and remembered. The session asks: in what way are systems and technologies shaping tourist experiences and what is the role of trust in technologically mediated relations? How are tourists forming, shaping and creating (social) networks in order to enhance their experiences? What is the role of different objects and materials in imagining, performing and remembering places?


The senses are crucial in tourism mobilities and play a lasting part in both attachment to as well as estrangement from certain places while also ever modelling experiences and practices. ‘Sensuous mobilities’ evaluates the ways in which different speeds are mediated and shaped by embodied experiences and practices of place. It situates the role of the senses within flows of technology, materialities, networks, people and places. It further examines consequences and possible conflicts or clashes which different speeds may incur upon such flows. In this way the session critically addresses the dynamic forces that perform and imagine mobilities into transformative processes of cultural change. It asks: In what ways do sensuous embodied articulations of places inform (and perhaps re-form) relations and practices in and of place? To what extent do sensuous relations and practices enact/translate ‘green’ understandings and doings in and of place?

Methodologically the session seeks ethnographic and other qualitative contributions to unpacking various tourism mobilities. Taking either a contemporary or historical approach, papers are invited on the following themes but not restricted to it:

– Networks and networking in tourism
– Technology and systems
– Materiality and objects in tourism
– Senses, the body, pleasure, the ludic
– Rhythms of places and practices
– Hospitality and sociality
– Immobilities; stillness; slowness; fasteness

Abstracts of no more than 350 words should be submitted electronically by March 1st to Dr Dana Bentia (<>).
For further inquiries regarding this session contact session organizer Dr Dana Bentia (email as above). For enquiries regarding conference fees, conference programme, recommended accommodation, maps/instructions, and registration forms, please visit the web address at

New Publication – Routes, Roads and Landscapes

Routes, Roads and Landscapes

Edited by Mari Hvattum and Janike Kampevold Larsen, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway and Brita Brenna and Beate Elvebakk, University of Oslo, Norway

Routes and roads make their way into and across the landscape, defining it as landscape and making it accessible for many kinds of uses and perceptions. Bringing together outstanding scholars from cultural history, geography, philosophy, and a host of other disciplines, this collection examines the complex entanglement between routes and landscapes. It traces the changing conceptions of the landscape from the Enlightenment to the present day, looking at how movement has been facilitated, imagined and represented and how such movement, in turn, has conditioned understandings of the landscape. A particular focus is on the modern transportation landscape as it came into being with the canal, the railway, and the automobile. These modes of transport have had a profound impact on the perception and conceptualization of the modern landscape, a relationship investigated in detail by authors such as Gernot Böhme, Sarah Bonnemaison, Tim Cresswell, Finola O’Kane, Charlotte Klonk, Peter Merriman, Christine Macy, David Nye, Vittoria Di Palma, Charles Withers, and Thomas Zeller.

Further details:

New Publication – Ferry Tales

Ferry Tales: Mobility, Place, and Time, on Canada’s West Coast

by Phillip Vannini

The purpose of this rich and innovatively presented ethnography is to explore mobility, sense of place and time on the British Columbia coast. On the basis of almost 400 interviews with ferry passengers and over 250 ferry journeys, the author narrates and reflects on the performance of travel and on the consequences of ferry-dependence on island and coastal communities. Ferry Tales inaugurates a new series entitled Innovative Ethnographies for Routledge ( The purpose of this hypermedia book series is to use digital technologies to capture a richer, multimodal view of social life than was otherwise done in the classic, print-based tradition of ethnography, while maintaining the traditional strengths of classic, ethnographic analysis.

Pages: 246

Cost: US$ 29.95


And visit the book’s website at

Call for Papers – The Geographies of Leisure?

RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2012: 3rd to 5th July 2012, Edinburgh, UK.

Call for Papers: The Geographies of Leisure?

Organiser: Dr Tara Duncan (University of Otago)

Leisure has long been a topic of the geographical imagination.  Whilst leisure studies and geography may have gone in somewhat separate directions in the past, the multi-, trans- and interdisciplinary nature of both subjects means that convergence and synergies are (re)emerging between these two subject fields.

This session seeks to explore the ways in which leisure and geographical thought have manifested innovative and creative research.  The session aims to engage with contemporary research and knowledge production in and beyond leisure studies and in turn, to challenge Sheller and Urry’s (2006: 208) contention that the social sciences have generally neglected the significance of people’s movements for leisure, pleasure, work,  family life, politics and protest.

As such, this session seeks to highlight the intersections between leisure studies and geography and invites papers that may consider some of the following:-

– Negotiating geography and leisure
– Security, geography, leisure
– Leisure studies and methodologies
– Affective possibilities and/of leisure
– Embodiment, leisure and performance
– Gender, leisure and (im)mobility
– Fluidity, movement and leisure
– Leisure and lifestyle
– Space, place, leisure and tourism

Please submit abstracts (of no more than 250 words) to Tara Duncan ( by Monday 23rd January 2011.

Sheller M and Urry J, 2006, ‘The new mobilities paradigm’, Environment and Planning A, vol. 38, pp. 207-226.

Call for Papers – Psychological and behavioural approaches to sustainable tourism mobility

Psychological and behavioural approaches to understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility

Freiburg, 3-6 July 2012

Bournemouth University, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences and the University of Otago are proud to announce the second call for papers  (deadline February the 1st; see also for an international workshop on psychological and behavioural approaches to understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility, to be held in the Black Forest near Freiburg, Germany from the 3rd  – 6th of July 2012.

In order to mitigate tourism’s contribution to climate change, there is the need for innovations at political, technical and individual levels. Yet, despite a growing contribution to climate change, tourist and traveller behaviour is currently not acknowledged as an important sector within the development of climate policy. Influencing individual behaviour and informing effective governance will require a sound understanding of the psychology and social factors that surround contemporary tourism and travel mobilities.

This workshop aims to explore the psychological and social factors that may contribute to and inhibit sustainable behaviour change in the context of tourist and traveller behaviour. We seek to form a stronger knowledge base and research agenda for the effective governance of tourism’s contribution to climate change.

Abstract submissions are welcome in the following interdisciplinary areas (please see the the workshop’s website<> for more detail):

Psychological understandings of climate change and tourism mobilities
Behavioural aspects of climate change and tourism mobilities
Governance and policies based upon psychological, behavioural and social mechanisms

All delegates are expected to present papers, as authors or co-authors. The development of research co-operations is an expected outcome of the workshop. Please bear in mind that we seek to organize tangible outcomes, including an edited book as well as a special issue of a journal. We thus encourage all participants to submit highly developed papers.

Key dates:
Abstract submission last date: 1st of February 2012
Acceptance of abstracts and registration opens: 15th of March 2012
Conference papers due: 15th of June 2012

The workshop in organized by the following people and institutions:
Stefan Gössling & Tim Freytag (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany)
Scott Cohen (Bournemouth University, UK)
James Higham (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Paul Peeters (NHTV Breda University, The Netherlands)

The scientific advisory board consists of key researchers from the fields of tourism, mobility and sustainable behaviour:
Bas Amelung (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
Jillian Anable (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Jean-Paul Ceron (Limoges University, France)
Janet Dickinson (Bournemouth University, UK)
Ghislain Dubois (University of Versailles, France)
Michael Hall (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany & University of Canterbury, NZ)
Shaun Lawson (University of Lincoln, UK)
Jeroen Nawijn (NHTV CSTT, Breda, The Netherlands)
Daniel Scott (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Gert Spaargaren (Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands)
John Urry (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany & Lancaster University, UK)

For all information on the workshop, call for abstracts, venue and more, see the workshop’s website<> and the Call Brochure<>.

For queries, please send an email to:<>