Call for Papers | Human-Animal Interactions in Tourism, Events, Leisure Spaces | Critical Tourism Studies Conference, Palma de Mallorca, 25–29 June, 2017. Call ends 2017-03-31



  • Dr Paula Danby
  • Dr Rebecca Finkel
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK

Please consider submitting to this proposed international, interdisciplinary panel focusing on the relationships of humans and non-human animals within tourism, events and leisure spaces.

Humans and non-human animals now play a supportive role in each other’s lives, contributing significantly towards mutual wellbeing not only in work, but also in tourism, events, and leisure arenas. Although there is a wealth of research on human-animal interactions in cross-disciplinary literature, such as psychology, it is still considered an emerging field of critical tourism (Markwell, 2015), events (Dashper, 2016) and leisure (Carr, 2014) studies, which would benefit from further exploration and focus in scholarship.

This panel seeks to address this gap in knowledge by inviting research which develops greater understanding of human-animal interactions and relations in tourism, events and leisure spaces. Papers can be theoretical or theoretically informed empirical work with a focus on all species. The panel especially welcomes work viewed through a post-humanist lens, but other approaches are also acceptable for consideration.

Main themes surrounding human-animal interactions in tourism, events and leisure contexts to be drawn out and further explored during this panel include, but are not limited to:

  • Issues related to wellbeing
  • Companionship         
  • Ethics and welfare
  • Identities and lifestyles
  • Critical animal geographies in tourism, events and leisure     
  • Activism
  • Embodiment
  • Gendered narratives
  • Theory and practice links

Abstracts of 300 words (max.) are invited by 31st March.

In the case of co-authored papers, one person should be identified as the corresponding author. Abstracts should include full contact details for all authors, including name, institutional affiliation, and email address. New and early career scholars with ‘work in progress’ papers are also welcomed.

Abstracts should be emailed to: Rebecca Finkel

More information about the CTS Conference can be found here:


Carr, N. 2014. Dogs in the Leisure Experience. Oxfordshire: CABI.
Daspher, K. 2016. Human-Animal Relationships in Equestrian Sport and Leisure. London: Routledge.
Markwell, K. (Ed.) 2015. Animals and Tourism: Understanding Diverse Relationships. Bristol: Channel View Publications.
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