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Journal of Heritage Tourism

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Re-envisioning Heritage Tourism: A Critical Heritage Studies Perspective

Abstract deadline
31 August 2024

Manuscript deadline
31 January 2025

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Chaozhi Zhang, Fudan University
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Dallen J. Timothy, Arizona State University
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Re-envisioning Heritage Tourism: A Critical Heritage Studies Perspective

After decades of research in the field of heritage tourism, we find ourselves at a pivotal moment to reconsider what truly constitutes heritage tourism and the totality of what it encompasses. Historically, heritage tourism has generally
been narrowly defined as tourism activities occurring at historic sites. This limited scope has caused heritage tourism research to lose some of its distinctive features and its broader context, and many studies are now rather mundane, covering very similar topics, only distinguished by their locations or
different market characteristics.

In the growing field of critical heritage studies, heritage is viewed as a dynamic process (heritagization or heritage-making) rather than simply an inherently preservable object or place. Likewise, post-heritage thinking suggests that not all heritage is old, nor is it tangible and extraordinary.
These evolving perspectives have significant implications for the well-studied concepts of authenticity and sense of place, and it has begun to influence tourism industry practices, leading many destinations to "create heritage" to
attract tourists, evident in the rise of imitation historic districts and theme park-style traditional villages.

These and other developments pose new challenges to conventional heritage tourism research. Consequently, through the Journal of Heritage Tourism, we call upon the academic community to contribute research that revisits and reflects on what constitutes heritage tourism, exploring it not just from a tourism standpoint but also from the perspective of heritage itself. We invite submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
rethinking the concepts, essence, breadth and depth of heritage tourism; the diverse values of heritage and tourism experiences; the interplay between heritage-making and tourism development; the role of heritage in community
identity-making; the integration of indigenous wisdom in heritage sites for sustainable tourism; and the role of emerging heritage in sustainable tourism.


Rethinking the Concepts and Essence of Heritage Tourism

* What constitutes heritage?
* What constitutes heritage tourism?
* How can we redefine the boundaries of heritage tourism to capture its broader
scope and significance?
* Intercultural perspectives on heritage and heritage tourism. How do different
cultures view heritage?
* If heritage is what we inherit from the past, utilize today, value as heritage and hope to pass on to future generations, what other non-traditional manifestations of past human activity should we consider in heritage planning and tourism development.

Diverse Values of Heritage and Tourism Experiences

* Exploring multi-faceted heritage values (authoritative or diversive) and their impact on tourist experiences or tourism development.
* How do different stakeholders perceive and value heritage in the context of tourism?
* The Interplay between Heritage-Making and Tourism Development
* Examining the relationship between heritage creation and tourism development.
* Case studies of destinations where new heritage elements have been developed specifically for tourism.
* The heritagization process in tourism settings and between different cultures.

Heritage and Community Identity

* The role of heritage in shaping community, ethnic or national identity and its implications for tourism.
* How do communities negotiate and express their identities through heritage tourism?

Indigenous Wisdom and Sustainable Heritage Tourism

* Integrating local and indigenous knowledge in the management and promotion of heritage tourism.
* In what ways can heritage tourism give a voice to the voiceless, particularly in peripheral regions and marginalized societies?
* Strategies for ensuring that heritage tourism contributes to the sustainable development of local communities.

Emerging Heritage and Sustainable Tourism

* The role of contemporary and emerging heritage in sustainable tourism practices.
* How can new forms of heritage be harnessed to promote sustainable tourism?

By revisiting and reconceptualizing the relationship between heritage and tourism, we hope to foster innovative approaches that balance heritage preservation with sustainable tourism development. We look forward to your valuable contributions to this critical and timely discourse.

Submission Instructions


Your paper should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as
appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list).


A typical paper for this journal should be no more than 10,000 words


The format of submissions can be flexible according to the journal’s requirements, but using Word format with figures and tables inserted at the appropriate locations in the document will be more appreciated. Figures should
be of sufficient resolution to enable refereeing.

References can be in any style or format, but APA style would be much appreciated.


Papers employing Critical Heritage Studies theories and methods, and using rigorous case studies to address the topics above, will be more likely to be accepted.


When submitting a manuscript, please select the special issue title:
Re-envisioning Heritage Tourism: A Critical Heritage Studies Perspective.

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