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Knowing with nature – The future of tourism education in the Anthropocene

Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism Journal Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline: 31 October 2019

Growth in international tourism contributes to, and is shaped by, ongoing climate and environmental change. This contribution is visible especially in the Arctic, known for its natural phenomenon, silence and pureness. Indeed, as Martin Gren and Edward Huijbens (2015) argue, tourism characterizes the epoch of Anthropocene – the historical moment when the humanity has become a geological force capable of affecting all life on this planet. While the impacts of tourism on atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other Earth system processes are evident, it is also obvious that tourism, as a human-based system, is sustained by the natural world.

Tourism education, and the knowledge that is produced within the tourism curricula, can, to a certain extent, be held accountable for the conflicting and fragile relationship between tourism and the Earth systems. On one hand, tourism programs tend to emphasize the management and domination of nature for the sake of hedonistic tourist experiences. On the other hand, the search for sustainable ways on developing tourism has contributed to maintaining the artificial division between culture and nature, human and environment. Hence, it is timely to discuss the ways in which tourism education might reproduce a kind of knowledge that remains disconnected from the more-than-human world.

The task for tourism educators in the Anthropocene is no longer to promote knowledge that contributes to minimizing the impact of tourism on the natural environment. Rather, our task ahead is to support students in developing knowledge that is based on more sensitive entanglements between the Earth systems and humanity. With this in mind, we invite participants to critically evaluate the status quo of tourism education, and to think about avenues for collaborative ways of knowing with nature. We warmly welcome you to join for a reflexive, thought-provoking and innovative discussions around the future of tourism education in the Anthropocene, on the pages of the special issue.

We invite contributions related – but not limited – to the following themes:

  • Tourism’s entanglements with the Earth systems
  • Multiple understandings of the Anthropocene
  • Ethics of care in more-than-human world
  • Posthuman theory in tourism education
  • Ethical Epistemologies in more-than-human world
  • Methodologies for knowing with nature
  • Approaches to human-nature relations in tourism
  • Disrupting culture-nature division in tourism education
  • Activism via education
  • Re-invigorating TEFI values in the Anthropocene
  • Tourism futures with nature
  • Engaging nature in the urban
  • Collaborative and sustainable journeys to TEFI
  • Nature in collaborative and alternative tourism economies.

Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism

Table of Contents for Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism. List of articles from both the latest and ahead of print issues.

Language: en-UK

Publisher: Routledge

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Submission guidelines

  • Please submit your abstract, or short idea paper, by June 16, 2019 to emily.hockert@ulapland.fi and outi.rantala@ulapland.fi
  • Submission of the first draft of full paper by October 31, 2019
  • Final version (revised based on double-blind review) dl. February 28, 2020
  • The special issue will be published in Summer 2020

Editorial Information

Editorial team of the special issue: Emily Höckert, Outi Rantala, Jose Garcia-Rosell Eskenazi and Minni Haanpää, University of Lapland

Emily Höckert


Outi Rantala