The Conference


JUNE 25th – 28th 2013



Tourism Critical Practice: Activating Dreams into Action


Download the conference programme here: Programme

Download the book of abstracts here: book of abstracts


Conference aims:

Over the past four conferences, CTS has profiled itself as a network of scholars who share a vision of producing and promoting social change in and through tourism practice, research and education. It has done this so far by seeking to legitimise the critical school of thought in tourism studies and by providing an inclusive environment for new and alternative voices in the academy. The fifth conference in the series focuses on (if there is indeed a more accepting attitude developing in tourism towards critical studies) whether and how  the ‘production and promotion of social change’ can be facilitated and achieved. In this context we invite scholars from tourism studies and the wider social sciences to explore the potential of critical practice and activism in academia, and the role of the academic community in achieving social change.

We welcome papers and offers to lead interactive workshops on the following themes:

Critical action in the classroom

  • Critical pedagogies in tourism, hospitality and events education
  • Envisioning the future of tourism, hospitality and events education
  • Fostering critical and socially active attitudes in students

Tourism and its potential as a social force

  • Social justice, exclusion and social inequality
  • ‘Worldmaking’ and the transformation of places and cultures
  • Empowerment, developing sustainable communities and creative / social entrepreneurship
  • Postcolonial readings of tourism
  • Tourism and its relation to gender, class, race, sexuality, ethnicity and disability

Critical tourism research practices

  • Innovative and critical research methods
  • Positionality and the emotional dynamics of research
  • Academic freedom

Critical scholarship in action

  • The relationship between academia and activism
  • Impacts of and empowerment through critical research
  • Public evaluation and dissemination of critical research

All abstracts should be written in English and must not exceed 300 words in length. Abstracts should be sent to and must include: author(s), affiliation(s), a summary of the research aims, approach and key arguments/findings.

The journal ‘Hospitality and Society’ invites papers for a special issue with the title  ‘Critical hospitality: practices and perspectives’ and will be offering a Best Paper prize at the conference. For more information about the journal, and to see the special issue produced after CTS IV, please visit,id=194/view,page=0/

Conference conveners

Dr Lynn Minnaert –

Dr Senija Causevic –

Dr Irena Ateljevic –

Professor Nigel Morgan –

Professor Annette Pritchard –

Dr Almir Pestek – University of Sarajevo