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Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism

Biography

While the study of animal-human connectivity within the context of tourism has been explored in a greater diversity of ways within the last decade, the discourse is still divided within two camps: 1) traditional tourism academia and 2) outside disciplines “looking in.” Tourism academics have borrowed philosophical, ethical, gender studies, sociological, ecological conservation, and economic lenses to explore animals in tourism, however truly transdisciplinary approaches within and external to tourism proper remains few.

An interdisciplinary collaboration between The Civet Project and Fanimal, Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism merges research from anthrozoological and multi-species scholarship, with critical tourism studies and animal ethics to bring together researchers across disciplines with an interest in advocating for animals in touristic contexts. 

Through scholarly research, collective problem solving, and ethical enquiry, we strengthen the bridge between "tourism academia" and "non-tourism academia". Specifically, we highlight fresh perspectives, emerging methodologies and innovative collaborative praxis to explore the role of animals in tourism whilst critically working towards more ethical human-animal interactions within the tourism and leisure space.

The brain child of Anthrozoologist Jes Hooper, and Tourism Professor Carol Kline, Emerging Voices is in the first year of emergence and already new voices are flourishing. The project has so far culminated in an inaugural international conference, an ongoing online network for peer support and sharing of collaborative research opportunities, and a book volume of the same name is also in the developmental stages.

 

Collaborators

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Jes Hooper

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Jes is founder of the Civet Project, a member of the IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group, and a Anthrozoology PhD Candidate at the University Exeter.

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Dr Carol Kline

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Dr Carol Kline is founder of Fanimal, a widely published author, and an Associate Professor in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Appalachian State University.

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