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Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline: 1 October 2019| Full Paper Deadline: 15 March 2020

Guest Editors

Claudia Eger, Copenhagen Business School

Ana María Munar, Copenhagen Business School

Cathy Hsu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Journal of Sustainable Tourism

Journal of Sustainable Tourism publishes theoretical, conceptual and empirical research that explores one or more of the economic, social, cultural, political, organisational or environmental aspects of the subject.

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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This special issue examines the relationship between gender and sustainability in tourism. While there is already an extensive body of work in the area of gender and in that of sustainability, seldom these two fields of knowledge are taken together in examining the tourism phenomena. If we look at the evolution of tourism, sustainability has become a must-have in educational programs, policy making and strategic considerations in organizations and destinations. However, this is far the case with gender. Although gender theorizing and research have existed for over a century and there is a rich legacy of knowledge on this topic (such as Butler, 1990; De Beauvoir, 1976; Haraway, 1988, 1999; Hooks, [2000] 2015; Irigaray, 1985: Lorde, 2017; Woolf, [1929] 2010 among many others), a meaningful and respectful engagement with these thinkers is so far peripheral in tourism studies (Figueroa-Domecq et al., 2015). We find an increased interest in women in travel (Khoo-Lattimore and Wilson, 2017; Yang et al., 2017), masculinities (Schänzel and Smith, 2011; Thurnell-Read and Casey, 2015), sexuality (Carr and Poria, 2010), gendered work (Baum et al., 2016; Costa et al., 2017; Mooney, et al., 2017), gender paradigms (Munar and Jamal, 2016; Pritchard et al., 2007; Denizci Guillet et al., in press) and gender in tourism academia (Chambers et al., 2017; Pritchard and Morgan, 2017). Still this is only scratching the surface, with a few exceptions (Camargo et al., 2016; Kato, 2019; Swain, 2016). The sustainable tourism paradigm has been characterized by a resistance to integrating considerations of gender equality as a core principle (Ferguson and Alarcón, 2014). Overall gender is often absent, silenced or side-lined in the mainstream discussions. This situation is not a naïve choice, but as explained by the epistemologies of ignorance “often the result not of a benign gap in our knowledge, but in deliberate choices to pursue certain kinds of knowledge while ignoring others” (Grasswick, 2011: xviii).

A basic understanding of sustainability is the consideration of “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987: 43). This well-known approach doesn’t exist without its challenges; a key debate being the tension between ecocentric and anthropocentric worldviews. Such conflicting views on sustainability have also gendered aspects and relate to masculine and feminine cosmologies, where as suggested by ecofeminism (Warren, 2001) the domination of nature has been linked to the domination of women and other historically marginalized ethnic groups.

It is clear that we cannot divide nature and human and that besides a deep concern for our planet, at the core of sustainability lies the responsibility for humanity’s possibilities of flourishing. “Human development is about enlarging freedoms so that all human beings can pursue choices that they value” (United Nations Development Programme, 2016: 1; see also Sen, 1999). Gender is a core part of being human, and here we refer to gender in its broadest understanding, as the complex spectrums of sex, sexuality, gender expression, and gender identity. By introducing gender theorizing and feminist epistemologies into the overall body of knowledge of sustainability and tourism we aim at transforming the very nature of what we understand sustainability to be. Including our overall understanding of the interface between tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (Alarcón and Cole, 2019; Kato, 2019). This demands a critical engagement with the ways in which gender has been instrumentalized in development policy and practice, which has not led to wider transformations at the personal, institutional and political levels.

Gender norms and categories do not exist in isolation but in a complex interplay with other aspects of difference such as race, ethnicity, disability, age, culture, religion, and class. As the increasing work on intersectionality has shown it is imperative for scholars to take a multidimensional approach (Crenshaw, 1989; Eger et al., 2018; Mooney, 2016; Villesèche et al., 2018). In this call we invite authors to take this complexity into consideration and engage with the contextualizing of our knowledge production; like in the examples of Margaret Swain’s (2016) paradigmatic proposal for an embodied cosmopolitanism, Tazim Jamal and Blanca A. Camargo’s (2014) ecocultural justice, Donna Chambers and Christine Buzinde’s (2015) connection between the geo-political and body-political or the problematization of nature as ‘both contested and promiscuous in an ontological sense’ as presented in the work of Brian Grimwood, Kellee Caton and Lisa Cook (2018, p.2). Additionally, this call aims to reconsider the traditional division between knowledge and emotion and invites scholars to reflect on the epistemic value of attending to one’s emotion in the process of knowledge creation (Jaggar, 1989).

We should stop asking if gender matters, because there is no humanity without gender dimensions, and instead we should start asking which values and whose values play a role in defining what we consider sustainability in tourism to be and what is worth researching about (Pritchard & Morgan, 2017).

Submission guidelines

This Special Issue invites contributions on gender and sustainability in tourism in a broad spectrum of themes and topics such as:

A work life worth living for: emotional labor, glass ceiling, leaking pipeline, gendered professions, child penalty/bonus, equal opportunities, ideal worker, affirmative action, positive discrimination, precariat, leadership, work-life balance, human flourishing, talent and capabilities, households and families, entrepreneurship, the gender gap.

The privilege walk: social prejudice, stereotyping, implicit and explicit bias, sexism, gender blindness, gender equality/equity, gender norms, femininities and masculinities, patriarchy, whiteness, intersectionality (e.g. race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, religion).

Being the change: gender and sustainability policies, activism, ideologies, social movements, interventions, democracy and participation, justice and freedom, autonomy, development, capacity building, marginalization, voice and silence, NGOs, technologies, art and creativity, disobedience, responsibility, curriculum development, pedagogics, feminist economics.

Philosophizing tourism: cosmofeminism, (post-)humanism, decolonialism, post-colonialism, political ecology, ecofeminism, black feminism, psychoanalysis, Non-western feminism, ethics of care, epistemology of ignorance, virtue epistemology, queer theory, indigenous knowledge, historical perspectives and genealogy, performativity, aesthetics, the good and the beautiful.

Contested bodies: menopause, pregnancy, transgender, sexuality, shame and honor, emotion and affect, risk and safety, violence, love and eroticism, desire, embodiment, vibrant materialities, senses and the multisensory, body-politics.

Revealing spaces: rural and urban perspectives, nature, non-human, materialities, climate change, relationality, mobilities, emotional geographies, place-making, world-making, geo-politics, performances, virtuality, imaginary spaces, geographies of responsibility.

Furthermore, this special issue welcomes experimental and innovative writing genres and methodologies.

Submission Instructions

Abstract submission due: October 1st, 2019 

To submit an abstract for consideration to this special issue, please send a 200-300 words abstract by e-mail to Claudia Eger.

Abstracts should include the title, authorship, author affiliation(s) and contact information (including the email addresses of all authors) and keywords (maximum six).

Authors will be notified of the outcome by October 15th, 2019

Full papers will be invited following abstract review. Contributors should follow the Journal’s Instructions for Authors. 

Full paper submission due: March 15th, 2020 

All full paper submissions will be subject to the normal peer review processes of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. The special issue is expected to be published in April 2021 (Electronic version). 

Editorial Information

Guest Editor: Claudia Eger, Copenhagen Business School

Guest Editor: Ana María Munar, Copenhagen Business School

Guest Editor: Cathy Hsu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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