Call for Papers
IGU Tourism Commission Pre-Meeting
Wageningen, the Netherlands, 15-17th July 2022
Deadline for abstract submission: 25 January 2022
Submit to prof. dr. Edward Hákon Huijbens: firstname.lastname@example.org
Theme: Time for tourism geographers
Tourism geographies have been a prominent contribution to many conferences organized by the International Geographical Union, the Canadian Association of Geographers, the American Association of Geographers and the Annual Meeting of Nordic Geographers. However, seldom have tourism geographies been at the heart of those events and often meetings have represented a regional rather than a global community of tourism geographers.
Tourism is inherently a geographical phenomenon with social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental significance. Tourism creates links between people and places, and connects different cultures and environments. Moreover, tourism is a major force for global change. It creates geographical imaginations, human mobilities and flows of culture, ideas, values, commodities, and capitals, and influences society far beyond the immediate tourism industry. At the same time, tourism is embedded in other global processes creating constraints and opportunities for its development. Furthermore, tourism is an important cause of, and target for, global environmental change. All this justifies the academic study of tourism and indeed, makes it an imperative endeavour for achieving a more sustainable future.
The central aim of this pre-meeting is to highlight the time for tourism geographers, in line with the theme of the centennial meeting of the IGU in Paris. The theme of the pre-meeting will be around the research agenda of tourism geographers and its policy relevance on regional and national levels. The aim of the pre-meeting is to provide a platform for debating current research in tourism geographies and how it makes an impact. We encourage various perspectives on all issues addressed within tourism geographies. We also hope for a wide attendance in order to fulfil one of the purposes of the IGU, i.e. to facilitate learning by not only comparing different places, but also different approaches and traditions.
Against this background the IGU Commission for the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change, in cooperation with the Cultural Geography Group of Wageningen University & Research, are happy to invite the global community of tourism geographers to Wageningen in the Netherlands. Please also note that the conference is organized as a pre-event to the IGU Centennial Conference in Paris, 18-22 July 2022. Hence, delegates are encouraged to take part at this event too.
The Pre-Congress Meeting is open to researchers at any career stage with an interest in tourism geographies. It is organized by the Cultural Geography Group (GEO) of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands and is partially supported by the International Geographical Union's Tourism Commission.
The pre-meeting will take place in three locations. It will start with a Friday final workshop of the critical tourism studies PhD summer school run by the Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS), engaging with around 20 PhD candidates from around the world on how to problematize the relation between tourism and its material and socio-cultural setting. This will be on the campus of WUR. On the second day we will explore the Hoge Veluwe national park and the ways in which Dutch nature based solutions are being presented to tackle challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and urban sprawl invariably evoking the role of leisure and recreation in these planning and design interventions. Therein we will have papers presented by participants. The third day is in Amsterdam, where we explore the issues of overtourism and how it is to be addressed.
This pre-meeting takes place in two major tourism regions of the Netherlands, one for domestic nature based tourism (Hoge Veluwe) and the other in a global hotspot of overtourism (Amsterdam)
The IGU Tourism Commission also offers a great number of sessions at the Paris Main Centennial Congress (18th-22nd July 2022). For more information, please visit: https://www.ugiparis2022.org/
The pre-meeting will take place at
- Day 1: https://www.wageningencampus.nl/en/campus/about/Parking-1.htm
- Day 2: https://www.hogeveluwe.nl/en/plan-your-trip/map
The recommended hotel for the event is the Reehorts in Ede, next to the Ede/Wageningen train station, see: https://reehorst.nl/index.html
Fee: est. 250 EUR
Included in fee:
- Day 1: Coffee, lunch and standing drinks
- Day 2: Travel from Reehorst to National Park and back, venue, lunch and dinner
- Day 3: Standing lunch
Registration will open for the pre-meeting once the abstract submission decisions have been returned.
About the host
The Cultural Geography (GEO) chair group is committed to social theory in all its spatial articulations. The group advances creative, critical-constructive scholarship through exploring the ecological and social challenges facing all life on earth.
Researching space, place and culture, engaging with current, historic and future dynamics of societies globally, the group pays special attention to questions of inequality, exclusion, mobility, plurality along with deploying critical tourism studies to all aspects of social and environmental sciences, unravelling relational complexities in wilderness to urban settings. Thereby the group translates knowledge into practical action in four closely related fields of application. These are: health & care, tourism, nature and landscape.
Travel to the workshop venue
The closest airport is Schiphol International by Amsterdam. From there, a direct train to Ede/Wageningen stations goes every 30 minutes. The ride is 55 minutes. Tickets can be bought at the airport upon arrival.
Train connections to Arnhem are available from around Europe, but Arnhem station is one stop (10 minutes) away from the Ede/Wageningen train station.
Prof. Dr. Edward Hákon Huijbens (Board Member, IGU Tourism Commission)
Cultural Geography Research Group
In collaboration with:
IGU Commission on Tourism, Leisure and Global Change