Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism
17-18 March 2022
While the study of animal-human connectivity within the context of tourism is being 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.
The aim of this conference is to strengthen the bridge between “tourism academia” and “non-tourism academia” by highlighting and celebrating fresh perspectives within and external to tourism, and those who bridge the two. We are particularly interested in highlighting emergent transdisciplinary methodologies including, but not limited to: multi-species, multi-sited, and virtual ethnographies, embodied empathy, and works which blend theoretical and applied approaches from the biological and social sciences with those of the arts and animal advocacy.
Overall, our conference will be grounded in progressive and innovative praxis where ongoing collaborations can be formed through the sharing of emergent voices in academia, advocacy and industry.
Thursday 17th March (11:30am-6:30pm GMT)
11:30 Event open: reception to meet other participants
11:45 Event welcome
Dr Carol Kline
12:00 Keynote Speech to Set the Stage:
The Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism: A Photographer’s Perspective
12:30 Panel 1: Europe/Africa
Chaired by: Dr Kate Dashper
Gordon Meade: Zoospeak: Animals in Captivity
Kristine Hill: Adored, abhorred, pitied, and ignored: Mediterranean street cats and human tourists
Yolandi Coetser: Unpacking the tensive intersections between community, conservation, and tourism in South Africa
1:45 Coffee Break
2:00 Panel 2: The America's
Chaired by: Dr. Erica von Essen
Michelle Szydlowski: Embodied Empathy and Pachyderm Persons: Elephants in Nepalese Tourism
Jacqui Sadashige: Pampering Pachyderms: Negotiating Tourist Desires and Animal Welfare in Elephant Tourism
Megan Hess: Click Bait: Tourism Marketing of Non-Human Animals
Rayne Billings: Dreaming of Killer Whales: Extinction in the Wildlife Tourism Industry
3:30 Coffee Break
3:45 Panel 3: The Americas cont.
Chaired by: Dr. Ozlem Calik
Eveline Bapstistella: Non-human animals as workers in Pantanal’s tourism
Clarissa Uttley: History of Working Animals in Transportation and Recreation
Annabel DeSmet: Reflections: an undergraduate's initial experience researching animals in tourism
5:00 Workshop 1: What are the key issues we should be working on for animals in tourism?
Chaired by: Marika Bell & Cheryl Abbate
This workshop is designed to bring together conference participants to share their thoughts and experiences of studying and working with animals in tourism. Designed to highlight overlooked issues and untangle the intersection between tourism and animal stakeholder interests, this workshop will result in participants collectively listing priority areas and regions for future scholarly and advocacy attention. Thus, this workshop will serve as a platform to bring together the needs of animals and humans in tourism contexts.
5:45 Coffee break
6:00 Keynote Speech for Animal Workers:
Tijuana’s zebra-donkey: from working animal to a tourist resource and element of local identity and heritage
Dr Alvaro López,
Dr Jafet Venegas
6:30 Day 1 close
Friday 18th March (10am-4:30pm GMT)
10:00 Event welcome back
Dr Carol Kline
10:15 Keynote Speech for Animal Vehicles of Consumption
Cat-poo-chino and captive wildlife: tourist-civet encounters in Balinese kopi luwak tourism
10:45 Panel 4: Asia-Pacific
Chaired by: Dr Clare Weeden
Émilie Crossley: What does the fox say? Foregrounding vulpine voices in Japanese wildlife tourism
Rie Usui; Tom Jones: Traveling to feed animals: Identifying motivations of tourists on Rabbit Island, Japan
Nikki Savvides: Re-building elephant ecologies: More ethical tourism as a response to deforestation in Thailand
12:15 Coffee break
12:30 Panel 5: Europe/Africa
Chaired by: Dr. Jillian Rickly
Renata Mliczak: Voluntourism and (dis)abilities intersections
Anna Olenenko & Julia Jukhnovska: Animal therapy in health and rehabilitation tourism: Ukrainian case
Sandra Swart: A horse of a different colour: identity, tourism, and African horse racing
1:45 Panel 6: Lightning talks
Chaired by: Dr. José-Carlos García-Rosell
Roser Garí Pérez: Elephant tourism in southeast Asia
Shristi Shrestha: Cross-border trafficking of captive elephants from Nepal to India
Brodie McPherson: Keeping boats afloat: Sustainable livelihoods in Bocas del Toro’s wildlife tourism industry
Eduardo Barona Collado: The furry passenger: A critical review of non human animals in transport
Caroline Schuhmacher: Animal sanctuaries and nature-based tourism
Viktor Krawczyk: Compassion and animal tourism
2:45 Coffee break
3:00: Keynote Speech of Hope
Hope from Tourism
3:30: Workshop 2: What are the priorities going forward?
Chaired by: Claudia Hirtenfelder & Siobhan Speiran.
Having heard from scholars and animal advocates from across the globe throughout the conference so far, this workshop is designed to bring back together conference participants to address the priorities listed in workshop 1. By collectively brainstorming ways that participants can work together beyond the conference space, this workshop will be an opportunity for further networking that we hope will result in the formation of collaborative research groups set up with the aim to advocate for animals in tourism.
4:00 Closing Keynote Speech on Tourism Entanglements:
A Selfie Gucci Tasty Ecology: Tourism in the Global Crocodilian Web
Dr Adam Keul
4:30 Event close: our charge and our pledge
Dr Carol Kline
Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism Book Volume
In addition to the inaugural EVAT conference in 2022, we also have a proposed book volume in progress of the same name.
We are currently in the process of reviewing chapter proposals from emerging scholars and those working on the ground within animal tourism contexts on works related to the interface between tourism and animal studies.
Publication of the book: 2023-2024