Tourism in the Americas (Newcastle, 21 novembre 2013)

1st announcement and call for abstracts

Americas Research Group<>
Newcastle University<>

Workshop: “Tourism in the Americas”

Venue: Research Beehive, 2.20, Old Library Building, Newcastle University, UK
Date: Thursday, 21st November 2013

This one-day workshop aims to fill a gap in the current scholarly debate about tourism in the Americas (North, Central and South). We hope that this event may establish lasting networks between post-graduate research students and early career scholars in this relatively neglected but important area of research.

Call for Papers
Tourism is arguably the world’s largest industry and as such is a high priority in state plans for economic development. Within the framework for development espoused by neo-liberal political projects, tourism is seen as an ideal vehicle for growth as it “adds value” to “cost free” or “common-pool” resources such as sunshine, natural environments and “exotic” local people. Countries in the Americas have an abundance of these attractions and have been pursuing policies that aim at attracting an increased proportion of the world’s tourism market. However, the pursuit of tourism as a development strategy is not without dissent. Established critiques focus on its lack of environmental and cultural sustainability, as well as the uneven distribution of its economic benefits. At a time of global economic crisis and in response to changing relations between the northern and southern hemispheres many are questioning the validity of neoliberal development. The time is apt to look at tourism through the lens of critiques of market-led development, and to analyse the impacts of tourism in different realms of social life.

This workshop aims to engender interdisciplinary and inter-regional discussion of tourism in the Americas in a friendly, informal environment. We welcome papers that address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

– Development, neo-liberalism and emerging alternatives

– Sustainable development and environmental protection

– Social justice and exclusion

– Place-making and cultural transformation

– Cultural revival and preservation

– Heritage

– Mass tourism and alternative tourism

– Mega-events, tourism and development
Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to workshop conveners:
Dr Fernando González-Velarde (SML, Newcastle University)</src/>

Dr Jane Carnaffan (GPS, Newcastle University)</src/>

and Sarah Duggan (PhD Candidate SML, Newcastle University)</src/>.

Deadline: 21st October 2013

For further information about the Americas Research Group at Newcastle University, please visit our website at: You can also follow this event by ‘liking’ the School of Modern Languages – Newcastle University<> fan page on Facebook or ‘Following’ us on Twitter at @<>SML_Newcastle.


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