New Development and Perspectives in Slum Tourism Research (14-16 May 2014, Potsdam, Allemagne)

In December 2010 slum tourism researchers gathered in Bristol, UK, for the first international “Destination Slum” conference addressing specifically the aesthetic, economic, historical, political and social dimensions of slum tourism. Slum tourism, defined broadly as touristic visits to urban areas of relative poverty, remains a controversial pastime. Despite the controversies this leisure practice is on the rise globally, in developing as well as developed countries. New destinations are added to an already comprehensive list of locations while some older destinations shows signs of maturity and saturation with high levels of diversification, policy interventions, including the integration of slum tourism into urban regeneration and urban tourism strategies. Slum Tourism seems to have entered a new phase.

Just like the development of the phenomenon of slum tourism, academic research has picked up in speed as well, accounting for the phenomenon in a range of case studies from diverse disciplines. The foci of research have also shifted beyond the pertinent questions of ethics, impact and motivation, to address the multiple connections of slum tourism to other forms of tourism, like volunteering, sustainable tourism, community based and pro-poor-tourism or dark tourism and others. Moreover researchers have turned to discuss the possible contributions research on slum tourism can make to questions arising in the study of global phenomena and questions like mobilities, social movements and protest, urban regeneration, security, mega events or poverty alleviation.

Slum tourism research has reached a new phase  and the second conference of the network will enable an engaged exchange of the insights gained over the last few years. We aim to better understand the recent rapid expansion and diversification of slum tourism as well as to develop new perspectives on the phenomenon.

We’d like to invite empirical and theoretical papers that discuss slum tourism and related phenomena in various destinations, comparative research focusing on different case studies as well as conceptual cognate questions such as, but not limited to

  • theoretical reflections on slum tourism
  • tourism and poverty alleviation
  • informal economies – informal tourism
  • authenticity and valorisation regimes in slum tourism
  • slum tourism in urban policy
  • urban regeneration, gentrification and tourism
  • slum tourism and mega-events
  • (changing) moral and ethical views on slum tourism
  • security, slum and tourism
  • entrepreneurship in slum tourism
  • social functions/roles of slum tourism
  • justice tourism and solidarity travel
  • volunteer tourism and poverty
  • economies of charity and slum tourism
  • the migration/tourism nexus and the slum
  • identity, culture and slum tourism
  • literary slumming in writing, film and games
  • histories of slum tourism and slumming

 

Please submit your abstract of up to 300 words with affiliation and contact details using the submit abstract page on the conference webpage. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by members of the conference committee and we will notify within four weeks of your submission. Accepted papers are to be considered for publication in a special issue of an academic journal (negotiations are underway).

Deadline for abstract submissions: 1st of February 2014

Conference Webpage:

www.destinationslum.com

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