Call for papers / International Conference of Mobilities, Health, Wellbeing and Tourism

Call for papers / International Conference of Mobilities, Health, Wellbeing and Tourism

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Photographer: Dorte Fjalland (

In collaboration with the Cosmobilities Network, the School of Tourism Management at Sun Yat-sen University is hosting the International Conference on Mobilities, Health, Wellbeing and Tourism on November 30-December 2, 2018 in Guangzhou, China


The relations between mobilities and health have been considered to be a central feature of today’s global society (Gatrell, 2011). Too much movement has often been attributed to various illnesses including bodily disruptions such as seasickness and jet-lag as well as mental ill-health such as homesickness, phobias. However, travel is also seen as being ‘good for the soul’, part of quasi-spiritual quests to become more healthy in mind and body. Such human mobilities require healthy environments which are sustainable and resilient. Healthy mobilities need to be major goals for policies aiming at sustainable and liveable cities and environments.

In the context, the School of Tourism Management at Sun Yat-sen University will be hosting the International Conference of Mobilities, Health, Wellbeing and Tourism. The conference will invite scholars studying mobilities, health, wellbeing and tourism from universities in Asia, Europe and North America to share new ideas, new approaches and new trends in mobilities and health research. The issues on the relationship between different types of mobilities and health as well as its research status, development trends, opportunities and challenges will be discussed; and it is hoped that through this exchange platform, a good academic sharing and cooperation could be established, and a large number of young scholars will be trained and brought up to promote China’s tourism research to the world level.

Conference themes and issues

The conference covers, but is not limited to the following related issues:

1. Healthy environments, sustainability and resilience

2. Mental health and mobility disruptions

3. Wellness tourism and travel

4. Healthy/unhealthy food mobilities

5. Lifestyle mobilities and the care of the self

6. Health practices of walking, running, swimming

7. Mobile embodiment of sickness and phobias

8. Mobile social work practices

9. Health relations with non-human mobilities

10. Medicalisation and mobilities of health care

11. Smart health technologies and mobilities

12. Mobilities and care in later life

13. Disease and immobilities

14. Human trafficking and health

15. Human health machine assemblage

16. Waste mobilities

17. Positive aging and mobilities

18. Health, mobilities and urban planning

Process – Call for papers

Deadline of Abstract submission: 30 Sep. 2018. There will be no more 250 words in one abstract, and the abstract should be submitted to the e-mail address: Mail subject should be marked ‘Mobilities and health International Symposium + institution +name’

The Committee will review the abstract submissions and notify the acceptance to authors before 15 Oct. 2018 .

After the review of the abstract, at least one author must register and attend the meeting.

Scientific committee

Prof. Bao Jigang, the School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University

Prof. Justin Spinney, Cardiff University

Prof. Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Roskilde University

Prof. Sven Kesselring, Nurtingen-Geislingen University

Prof. Zhang Jun E, the School of Nursing, Sun Yat-sen University

Prof. Zhou Suhong, the School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University

Conference Chair

Prof. Xu Honggang, the School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University

Prof. Kevin Hannam

See conference details here 



Ke Wang

Tel: +86 13750012259


Address: The School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University. No.135, Xin Gang Xi Road, 510275, Guangzhou, P. R. China

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