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RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017, London, GB, 29.08.-01.09.2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joachim Willms [Managing Director]   

Call for papers

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017

"Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world."

London, Tuesday 29 August Friday 1st September 2017

Session sponsor: Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group (GLTRG)

Call for papers: Geographies of cruise tourism: Navigating the field(s) of inquiry

Session convenors: Jo-Anne Lester (University of Brighton) & Antonio Paolo Russo (University Rovira i Virgili)


Cruise tourism unfolds within fluid, dynamic and often intensely competitive environments. Set against other forms of tourism the cruise market can be characterised as relatively niche. However sustained levels of market growth over the past two decades underscores its significance. Indeed investment in port developments and the infrastructure of receiving destinations is a key indicator of the continued confidence in the cruise sector and accompanying economic benefits.

Despite the developing interest and research activity from academics focusing on cruise tourism there remains a dearth of inquiry that reaches beyond economic and environmental impacts and consumer-orientated studies. Undoubtedly the landscape of cruise research is hampered by issues of access and accompanying methodological challenges, which often present barriers for those investigating cruise tourism. For example ship-based studies are scant and investigations within and from the perspective of receiving destinations remain relatively scarce, particularly so in relation to socio-cultural and technological processes of transformation of place. Moreover given the high levels of competition between cruise receiving ports of call, few inquiries exist that take a collaborative approach to research across destinations and regions.

Providing a forum for critical debate this session invites contributions that address challenges inherent in researching cruise tourism. Themes include, but are not confined to, the following:

  • Knowledge production and acquisition: power and governance

  • Navigating the field(s) of inquiry: mobilities, territories and boundaries

  • Researcher positionality and reflexivity

  • Challenging authoritative voices in cruise research

  • Accessing and empowering marginalised voices: ship-board and land-based research

  • Stakeholder complexities: collaborations and competition

  • Social justice and / ethical dilemmas and challenges

  • Co-producing knowledge

  • Creative methods and methodologies


Please send expressions of interest/ abstracts of no more than 250 words, and a title to:

Jo-Anne Lester This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by 31st January 2017.

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