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3rd International Critical Tourism Studies (CTS) Conference, Zadar, Croatia, 21.-24.06.2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joachim Willms [Managing Director]   
3rd International Critical Tourism Studies (CTS) Conference
21 - 24 June 2009, Zadar, Croatia

Following the success of the first two CTS conferences, the third conference will be held in the beautiful and historic coastal city of Zadar, Croatia, once again hosted by the Socio-Spatial Analysis Group (Wageningen University, the Netherlands), the Welsh Centre for Tourism Research (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff) and the Institute for Tourism, Zagreb and Venevent, Zagreb.
CONFERENCE AWARD For this, our third conference, we are delighted to announce a collaboration with The Annals of Tourism Research to recognise excellence in doctoral research. The outstanding full paper presented at the event by a doctoral candidate will be awarded The Annals of Tourism Research/Carole L. Green Prize worth US$500.

Professor Adrian Franklin, University of Tasmania, Australia
Professor Peter McClaren, UCLA, USA

There will also be an opportunity to register for a separate symposium that will provide critical tourism researchers with the opportunity to explore the ethical complexity of engaging in empirical research in tourism studies, organised by Professor Scott Fleming and Dr Fiona Jordan.
The critical tourism studies conference series
Previous CTS conferences (Dubrovnik 2005 and Split 2007) have sought to legitimise the critical school of thought developing in tourism studies and to provide an inclusive environment for new and alternative voices in the academy. Inspired by bell hooks’ advocacy of an academy imbued with inclusivity, partnership and love ethics, the CTS network comprises scholars who share a vision of producing and promoting social change in and through tourism practice, research and education. In this context there are many different interpretations of what it means to be ‘critical’ and many ways to challenge dominant discourses and hegemonies. In pursuit of this ambitious agenda we invite scholars from tourism studies and the wider social sciences to join us at our 3rd CTS conference to learn and share experiences in their efforts to reconceptualise educational praxis.
Conference aims:

• To reach out to critical pedagogies in tourism and the social sciences which embrace the academy of hope ethos in order to share and cohere our critical projects.
• To advance tourism studies as a thriving interdisciplinary field of the social sciences.
• To explore the worldmaking power of tourism and to promote its study as a progressive force for engagement in and analysis of the global political and cultural economy.
• To provide a forum for research collaboration and the mentoring of emerging tourism researchers.
Conference themes:
We welcome papers and offers to lead interactive workshops on the following themes:

Education & the academy:
• Connecting critical pedagogies across disciplines and locations; • Envisioning the future of tourism education and research;
• Building a new consensus in tourism studies and tourism management;
• Partnering critical hospitality studies;
• Exploring gender and leadership in academia.

Tourism in the world:
• Bridging critical scholarship with action and activism;
• Social justice and social inequality;
• ‘Worldmaking’ and the transformation of places and cultures;
• Representation, language and culture;
• Empowerment, developing sustainable communities and creative entrepreneurship;
• Postcolonial readings of tourism theory and practice.

Tourism and identity:
• Embodiment, performance and identities;
• Mobilities and globalisation;
• Gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class and disability;
• Experiencing, constructing and consuming tourism spaces and places;
• Materiality, lifestyle & cultural practices;

The cultural politics of research:
• Academic renewal;
• Positionality and the emotional dynamics of research;
• Celebrating qualitative scholarship;
• Ethics and research choices;
• Negotiating the research process from proposal to publication.

All abstracts should be written in English and must be not more than 300 words in length. All full and working paper submissions will be subject to a double-blind review and published in the refereed conference proceedings. Following the conference, selected papers will be invited for inclusion in the second edition of The Critical Turn in Tourism Studies, to be published by Routledge in 2010.

Abstracts and workshop proposals should be e-mailed to Dr Irena Ateljevic This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Professor Nigel Morgan This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Abstracts must include: title; author(s); affiliations; a summary of the research aims; approach and key arguments/findings.

Style for abstract: times new roman, font 11, single spaced and references in Harvard style.

The best full paper presented by a doctoral student will be awarded The Annals of Tourism Research/Carole L. Green Prize worth US$500. In their abstracts authors should indicate their eligibility for this award.

Key dates for submission & publication opportunities Abstracts:
31st January 2009.
Authors will be notified of acceptance on 6th February 2009.

Full papers (max 5,000 words) and working papers (max 2,000 words) for conference proceedings: April 1st 2009.

Full and working papers should be submitted electronically to the conference administrator, Victoria Richards ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Style for papers: times new roman, font 11, double spaced and references in Harvard style.

Conference convenors Dr Irena Ateljevic ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ); Professor Nigel Morgan ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it );
Professor Annette Pritchard ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Conference details See for conference details.

For all registration and accommodation details, please contact Slaven Reljic This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please note the registration deadline is May 1st. 2009.

The conference fee is 495 euro (which includes the conference programme, all meals and entertainment). The conference venue is Hotel KOLOVARE where delegates are entitled to a special conference rate of single room 75 euro, double room 112 euro (inclusive of breakfast). Hotel website:

To see a recent New York Times article on Zadar, Croatia, go to:

Conference keynote speaker biographies
Adrian Franklin is Professor of Sociology in the School of Sociology & Social Work, University of Tasmania. He is internationally renowned for his research on the relationship between nature and society, the place of animals in Australian global cultures, the development of ‘green’ issues and movements, environmental harm and regulation and environmental management. Professor Franklin is editor of Tourism Studies and author of Tourism - An Introduction (Sage 2003) and Nature and Social Theory (Sage 2002).

Peter McLaren is Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. He is internationally recognized as one of the leading architects of critical pedagogy worldwide. An advocate for social justice, particularly those in the Exploited World (misnamed the Third World) he has developed a reputation for his uncompromising political analysis influenced by a Marxist humanist philosophy and a unique literary style of expression. His latest book Pedagogy and Praxis in the Age of Empire: Towards a new humanism (Sense Publishers 2007) is co-authored with Nathalia Jaramillo. During the last few years Peter McLaren and Nathalia Jaramillo have given numerous lectures, workshops and seminars to students, teachers and community activists around the world. Dr. Nathalia Jaramillo is Professor of Education in Purdue University College of Education. She has published widely in the area of critical pedagogy and multicultural educa

Pre-conference symposium Researching tourism: Ethical issues and debates, 21st. June 2009

Many of the topics addressed by critical tourism scholars raise interesting ethical questions about issues such as researching potentially sensitive subjects, power relations in the research process, gender, ethnicity, (dis)ability, researching with vulnerable populations, new technologies and tourism research, the challenges of cross-cultural research, etc. This symposium will offer tourism researchers the opportunity for discussion and debate about the ethics of undertaking such research. The organisers are Dr Fiona Jordan and Professor Scott Fleming, who have previously organised events of this kind - one of which yielded an edited volume published by the LSA (Fleming & Jordan, 2006). Please note that this event has a separate registration fee and process. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details.

Indicative conference programme at the Hotel Kolovare

Sunday 21st June 10.00 -16.00 Optional Researching Tourism Symposium: Ethical Issues and Debates
Sunday 21st. June 17.00 – 19.30 Conference Registration
19.30 – 21.30 Welcome Cocktail & Buffet

Monday 22nd. June 2009
8.30 – 9.30 Conference Registration
9.00-10.30 Keynote Presentation
10.00-10.30 Coffee Break
10.30-12.30 Parallel sessions and workshops
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.30 Parallel sessions and workshops
15.30-16.00 Coffee
16.00-17.00 Parallel sessions and workshops
18.30 - late City tour & free night in Zadar

Tuesday 23rd June 2009
9.00-10.00 Keynote Presentation
10.00-10.30 Coffee Break
10.30-12.30 Parallel sessions and workshops
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.00 Parallel sessions and workshops
15.00-15.30 Coffee
15.30-17.00 Training workshop for educators and activists led by Peter McLaren and Nathalia Jaramillo
20.00 - late Gala dinner (with entertainment) and The Annals of Tourism Research/Carole L. Green Prize award ceremony

Wednesday 24th. June 2009
10.00-11.00 Closing Plenary
11.30-19.00 Optional day tour to Kornati Islands National Park
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