CFP: RGS-IBG 2011: Travel, Tourism and Art Session

Below you will find a call for papers for the Travel, Tourism and Art Session at the Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) to be held in London 31st August- 2nd September 2011 which some of you might find of interest. 

 Travel, Tourism and Art

Convenors: Tijana Rakić ( Edinburgh Napier University, UK) and Jo-Anne Lester (University of Brighton, UK)

Sponsored by the Geography of Leisure and Tourism Research Group (GLTRG)

Session Abstract

Art, in its many forms, has long played an important role in people’s imagination, experience and remembrance of places, cultures and travels as well as in their motivation to travel. Travel and tourism, on the other hand, have also inspired artists and artworks. These fascinating relationships between travel, tourism and art encompass a wide range of phenomena. Drawing on historical contexts these include some of the eighteenth and nineteenth century travellers’ journeys made in order to experience works of art along with their literary travel writing, poetry, drawing and painting while away from home. Conversely, present-day travel inspired by art as well as artworks produced by contemporary travellers is also of interest. With its chief focus being the role of art and artwork in imagining, experiencing, representing and remembering places, cultures and travel/tourism experiences as well as the role of art in motivating travel, this session aims to provide a space for a dialogue about the complex relationships between travel, tourism and art. We therefore welcome the submission of abstracts that address themes including, but not limited to:

  • art and its role in motivating both historical and contemporary travel and tourism 
  • imagining, experiencing and/or remembering places through works of art
  • the role of travel and tourism in inspiring artists and/or artworks produced by travellers
  • representations of ‘touristic’ places, locals, travellers and tourists in artworks

Proposals for papers should be sent to the convenors in a form of a 250 word abstract by the 11th February 2011

For more details and to submit an abstract, please contact the session convenors:

Tijana Rakić

Edinburgh Napier University  &

Jo-Anne Lester
University of Brighton

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