Posted by: Bob Payne | August 29, 2011

Call for papers: Developing Tourism by Indigenous People in Indigenous Areas and challenges

Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, New York, 24-28 Feb 2012

Conference Session Titled: Developing Tourism by Indigenous People in Indigenous Areas and challenges.

This session is sponsored by the Indigenous Studies and the Recreation, Tourism and Sport Specialty Groups.

Much tourism in Indigenous areas has been developed by outside investors who have funds, expertise and networks but often little ‘moral’ or ethical sensitivity towards the cultures and environments they exploit. Sustainability of Indigenous peoples’ environment and way of life should be priorities.

Authors are asked to submit papers on the issues faced by Indigenous people who would want to reverse the trend so tourism development benefits them and their communities more directly. Some of the papers could illustrate solutions found to those issues, such as: community or individual investment(s) and sources of capital; protection of local knowledge and culture; competition and competitivity on a global market; exploitation of cultural and natural assets by the Indigenous people for economic benefit; impacts on quality of life and whose life; etc. Papers could also discuss the usefulness of theoretical frameworks such as postcolonialism, sustainability, community participation and others to discuss such issues.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by Friday 23 September 2011. Please email them (with titles) to Anne-Marie d’Hauteserre .



  1. Happy to learn about the conference.let me explore whether I can participate.I am interested if i can get some sponsorship.

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