Dr Lisel O'Dwyer
School of Human, Health and Social Sciences
Appleton Institute
Central Queensland University
44 Greenhill Rd, Wayville SA
Mob 0412 199 385
Email l.odwyer@cqu.edu.au

Adjunct Senior Lecturer
School of Social and Policy Studies
Flinders University
Sturt Rd, Bedford Park

Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Sansome Institute
University of South Australia
North Terrace, Adelaide

From: angsg@googlegroups.com <angsg@googlegroups.com> on behalf of Carol Kline <klinecs@appstate.edu>
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2018 6:58 AM
To: Animal Geography Specialty Group
Subject: ANGSG: AAG 2019 - Call for Papers in Critical Animal Studies/ Animals in Tourism

The aim of this call is to cultivate awareness on ethical and sustainability issues related to the use of animals within the context of tourism. Ideally, paper sessions would encompass international and/or geographical perspectives and provide a mix of theoretical and applied knowledge, as well as case studies.  Animal welfare within the tourism industry was illuminated in 2012 with Fennell’s book Tourism and Animal Ethics. A growing body exists within peer-reviewed journals, however the majority of these published works address the topics of zoos, marine animals in tourism (the majority on whale-watching), with some but still less attention paid to elephants and primates. Many other topics are missing from the literature.  For example, the specific issue of animals as food for tourists has been neglected until most recently [Animals, Food & Tourism (2018) and Tourism Experiences and Animal Consumption, 2018)].


The paper sessions, while making a contribution to the increased importance being placed on socially responsible and sustainable tourism development, also joins a broader interdisciplinary social science trend that examines the entangled relationships between humans and other species, with particular attention being devoted to non-human animals. This “animal turn” in social science recognizes that animals are more than the reflection of human values and meanings.  Rather, as scholars suggest, human-animal relations are much more complicated and there has been significant attention devoted to the ethical dimensions of multispecies encounters. An analysis defining, treating, and commodifying animals in the context of tourism would be a provocative extension of geography studies, as well as encompass concepts from a range of other disciplines (e.g. management and marketing, sociology, animal science, supply chain management, communication, philosophy and ethics).


Specifically, paper topics might address the environmental effects of animal production, animal agency and sentience, the supply chain for animal experiences, the cache of exotic or endangered animals, political-economy views of animals, the imagery or portrayal of animals in media and marketing, methods of demand reduction, and cultural interpretations of animals within tourism.  The triple-bottom line of economics, society, and environment should provide a connective thread throughout the topics.  Also papers may explore contradicting and paradoxical ethical perspectives, whether those contradictions exist between government and industries, between tourism and other industries, or whether they lie within ourselves.  Examples of the many ways that animals are leveraged in tourism include:

·      Wildlife-watching/ photography

·      Hunting

·      Fishing

·      Entertainment (circuses, zoos, Seaworld, etc.)

·      Sport or racing (e.g. dog sledding, cock fighting)

·      Pack animals (e.g. donkeys, llamas, elephants)

·      Animals parts within souvenirs and art

·      Animals as food (e.g. regional specialities, business celebrations, festivals)

·      Religious ceremonies

·      Sanctuaries: both legitimate and debased

·      Agritourism

·      Hawkers and street vendors

·      Wildlife trafficking

·      Tourism-based conservation programs

·      Last chance tourism


Critical animal studies topics outside the context of tourism will also be considered.


For more information on paper sessions, please see the AAG Conference website.  For general information on the conference, go to https://annualmeeting.aag.org/


Paper session abstracts of 500 words are due by November 1, 2018 and should be emailed to Carol Kline at klinecs@appstate.edu 




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