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OCTOBER 2015: Volunteer Tourism: Pushing the Boundaries
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10/1/2015 to 10/3/2015
When: 10/1/2015

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24th Nordic Symposium in Tourism and Hospitality and Research

Symposium theme: Responsible tourism?


October 1st-3rd 2015 in Reykjavik (Iceland)

Deadline for abstracts : 1st May 2015


Proposers: Harng Luh Sin & Angela M. Benson
Affiliation: National University of Singapore & University of Brighton

The departure point of ‘volunteer tourism: A review’ (Wearing and Gard McGehee. 2013) is the starting point for this themed session although we seek to go beyond the suggested research themes (see Benson, 2011, Sin et. al., 2015) and work towards ‘pushing the boundaries’ of the current discourses in order to develop our understanding of the complex nature of volunteer tourism. As such, this session calls for papers that do not seek to replicate what has already been undertaken but engage in debates, both theoretical and empirically underpinned, which move the research agenda forward by critically questioning and unpacking volunteer tourism as a global social phenomena.

We seek papers that address the following themes:
1. Volunteer tourism and its relation to broader social theories which cut across disciplines;
2. Volunteer tourism on the ground: critical interpretations of mundane materialities in voluntoured destinations;
3. New ways of studying and understanding volunteer tourism;
4. Rethinking critical tourism studies with new perspectives evidenced by volunteer tourism
5. Contributions that seek the meta rather the micro


The themed session is open for submissions:  max 250 words paper abstractsno later than 1st May 2015, please use this link: to select your session and send your proposed paper abstract to the session organiser along with author details. Abstracts submitted will be subject to approval by the session organiser and the decision will be sent by 15th June. The registration deadline for the conference is 31st August.

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Any questions regarding the Symposium please contact Eyrún Jenný Bjarnadóttir, the conference manager via e-mail:



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