Special Session of the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018 (Cardiff)

Geographical landscapes / changing landscapes of geography

Tuesday 28 to Friday 31 August 2018

Call for Papers: Travelling landscapes: tourism and leisure mobilities

Session convenors

  • Maarja Kaaristo (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
  • Steven Rhoden (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)

Travelling is simultaneously functional and meaningful, experienced in embodied ways that include being co-mobile and interacting with other humans, non-humans as well as materialities. This session explores landscapes as touristic and leisurely ‘place-events’ (Pink, 2009) that occur through various mobile practices: sensory and embodied, but also discursive, narrated and imagined. We intend to look at various mobile practices such as cycling, walking, hiking, train travel, canal boating, sailing, coach travel, canoeing, hiking, campervan travel, and others, in order to discuss the landscapes of travelling and the travelling of landscapes.

Potential contributions may include (but are not limited to):

- Embodiment and sensory experiences
- Rhythms and tempo
- Affect, emotion and atmospheres
- ‘Large-scale’ materialities of travel (infrastructures, water, etc.)
- Politics of travel and power-relations
- Gendered landscapes of travel
- Artefacts of travel (guidebooks, equipment, etc.)
- Engagement with the environment, space and place
- Everyday practices of tourism and leisure (sleep, hygiene practices, food, etc.)
- Representations and narrations of various mobile tourism practices


How to submit 

Please send your submissions (abstract of 250 words) together with author details (name and affiliation) to Maarja Kaaristo by 5 February 2018.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Maarja Kaaristo or Steven Rhoden 

This is not an Institute of Place Management event, but it is promoted here as we know it will be well organised and have relevance to IPM members! All questions about the event should be addressed to Maarja and Steven, the Session Convenors.