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Call For Lightning Talks

Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism
Virtual Conference
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 therefore invite  5 minute (pre-recorded) lightening talks which explore the experiences of animals who appear in the following tourism contexts:


  • food tourism

  • art

  • passive entertainment

  • active entertainment

  • transportation and recreation

  • educational tourism

  • sport and racing

  • animals as photo props

  • liminal animals at tourist sites

  • volunteer tourism (sanctuaries, wildlife reserves and zoos)


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, it is our aim that 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.

To submit an abstract for consideration, please email Jes and Carol via 

31st Jan 2022



Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism Book Chapter Call

In addition to the inaugural EVAT conference in 2022, we also have a call for chapters, for a volume of the same name. 

We therefore invite 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. 

Proposed chapter topics could include:


  • Food tourism: animals as or associated with tastescapes.
  • Art: animal literary and visual representations within sites of tourism, or as part of advertisements and marketing of tourism campaigns.
  • Passive or active entertainment: animals visually consumed through display, or active performances such as circuses, roadshows, falconry displays, snake charming, and ‘pet’ expose.
  • Transportation and recreation: such as elephant rides, donkey rides, horse trekking, llama walking.
  • Educational tourism: zoo animal encounters, travelling zoo education programs.
  • Sport and racing: competitive sports such as horse racing, greyhound racing, cock fighting, dog fighting, orangutan boxing, and dog agility competitions.
  • Animals as photo props: animal selfies, and wildlife encounters on tourist trails.
  • Liminal animals at tourist sites: feral, stray, or pest animals at tourist attractions.
  • Volunteer tourism: sanctuaries, wildlife reserves, in situ conservation programs and gap year experiences.
  • Culture and tourism: such as holy cows in India, cats in Egypt or monkey temples in Asia.
Participation Process:
Submit an abstract no longer than 600 words and an author bio no longer than 200 words by email to Carol Kline ( and Jes Hooper ( Please send emails with the title “Emerging Voices Chapter Submission”
If the proposal is accepted, the chapter between 5,000 and 7,000 words (including references) will be request.
Suggested chapter structure: 1) Title. Below the title write the name of each of the authors, their academic degree or job role, their affiliation site and email 2) Introduction. 3) Development of research. 4) Conclusions. 5) References.
Citations will be formatted using APA
Each chapter will be peer-reviewed, both by the editors and an additional double-blind reviewer.
Submission abstract: January 31st, 2022
Notification of acceptance: February 28th, 2022
Submission of chapter: August 31st, 2022
Sending the review of the chapter: November 30th, 2022
Submission of the chapter corrected: January 31st, 2023
Publication of the book: 2023-2024
Publishing House:
We are currently in discussion with a publisher for this volume.
Contributor Eligibility:
Please contact Carole Kline ( and Jes Hooper ( with any queries or expressions of interest.
We are particularly keen for this book to represent new and emergent voices; therefore, we encourage contributions from current students and recent graduates, alongside those working in the remit of animal tourism on a voluntary or professional basis (i.e., those who wish to share their experiences on the ground). Thus, contributions are not restricted to academics, and we are willing to work with potential authors in the strengthening of submissions prior to the deadline.  
Deadline: 31st January 2022