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ATLAS - SIG meeting Space, Place, Mobilities in Tourism
June 3rd, 2019 - Buxton, United Kingdom
Spaces of nature, places of Nature: Exploring tourism encounters with nature
The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to May 15th, 2019.



The seminal work by Massey (2005) highlighted how thinking about space matters. It affects, for instance, the way we think and approach our encounter with nature; the spatial embodied practices and relations we give rise to and the places we inhabit. Crouch (2000, p.63; 2010) points out “places are one pervasive component of leisure and tourism. Leisure and tourism include encounters with place. Encounters with other people and material things, imagination and memory occur in places”. A number of tourism scholars have concentrated on exploring the complex social relationships loosely inscribed under the umbrella term of the ‘tourism encounter’ with nature and natural environments (Ingold, 2000; Franklin, 2002; Little and Leyshon, 2003; Abram and Lien, 2011; Pearce et al, 2017). Yet despite increasing attempts at investigating it, today this topic still remains of significant importance and little explored (Holden, 2009). As Azara et al (2018) highlight: “issues such as increased scarcity of resources, unfair wealth distribution across the world, deteriorating environmental landscapes, loss of important ecosystems and the emergence of new illnesses” forcefully demand scholarly attention. These issues, we argue, are both relevant to and cut across the focus of interest of tourist researchers, environmentalists, conservationists, developers, economists and sociologists; anthropologists and cultural geographers.

This II ATLAS SIG ‘Space Place Mobilities’ international seminar invites contributions which explore the multiple ways of encountering, sensing, practicing, performing, embodying and representing tourism spaces and places of nature and in so doing ultimately contributing to a better understanding of how our relationships with nature come into being, and how this is changing.


Keynote speaker

Dr Hazel Andrews is Reader in Tourism, Culture & Society at Liverpool John Moores University. As a social anthropologist Hazel is interested in issues of identity, selfhood and the body principally in relation to tourism and travel. Hazel’s PhD thesis was the first full length ethnographic study of British charter tourists which involved periods of participant observation in the resorts of Palmanova and Magaluf on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Hazel has drawn on this fieldwork to publish journal articles and book chapters. She is the author/editor of 6 books including the monograph ‘The British on Holiday’ published by Channel View in 2011. More recently she edited a collection on the subject of Tourism & Violence (Ashgate, 2014) in which her own chapter included work based both on Mallorca and Menorca. Hazel regularly reviews articles for the numerous tourism journals, is a founding editor of the Journal Tourism Consumption and Practice (, has organised international conferences and symposia and is chair of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Tourism Committee.



Key themes:

  • Embodied tourism encounters with nature
  • Nature and tourism performativity
  • Representations of Wilderness; narratives of nature
  • Relational ontologies of nature; doing and being with nature
  • Politics of nature; nature vs culture dichotomy; protected areas; AOB
  • Discourses of nature and wilderness and tourism
  • Enactments of nature
  • Sensing, encountering nature and natural landscapes
  • Landscapes of nature
  • Nature vs development
  • Nature-connectedness; pathways to nature
  • Wellbeing and wellness of humans and non-humans



Abstract submission

All abstracts will be subject to double-blind review by members of the scientific committee. Acceptance of a submission will be based on: theoretical and empirical significance; methodological soundness; relevance to the theme of the conference and logical clarity. The official language of the conference is English.

Abstracts should indicate background, theoretical/practical implications, methods and/or data sources and indicative findings of the paper. Abstracts should be between 350-500 words. The title should be no more than 12 words. Authors should also indicate which conference topic their proposed paper relates to.

Please submit your abstract by using this form.


Important dates

Abstract submission : February 28th, 2019
March 31st, 2019
May 15th, 2019
Notification of acceptance :

March 30th, 2019
April 15th, 2019
May 20th, 2019

Meeting : June 3rd, 2019
Full paper submission : September 30th, 2019


Publication details

All abstracts (max 500 words) will be published electronically and will be given to all registered participants during the conference, in PDF format.
Submission date for the abstracts is 28th February 2019, and after the extention of the deadline March 31st 2019.
Delegates are welcome to submit their full papers AFTER the conference. We are very happy we have been able to develop multiple ways to publish the papers.
Papers will be considered for publication in the ATLAS Review - The ATLAS Review gives ATLAS members and participants of the ATLAS Meeting participants a platform to publish the papers they have presented. The editing will be carried out by an editorial board/field editors.


Scientific committee

Local organizing committee

  • Iride Azara- University of Derby, UK
  • Eleni Michopoulou- University of Derby, UK
  • Loretta Waterhouse- University of Derby, UK
  • Sarah Jones- University of Derby,UK
  • Christine Sweetmore- University of Derby, UK

International Scientific Committee

  • Iride Azara, University of Derby, UK
  • Antonio Paolo Russo, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Spain
  • Alison Gill, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • David Crouch, University of Derby, UK
  • Szilvia Gyimóthy, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Chiara Rabbiosi, Universita’ di Bologna, Italy
  • Eleni Michopoulou, University of Derby, UK


Provisional programme

Further Information will be made available on the website shortly.


Conference packages

The ATLAS SIG meeting ‘Space, Place, Mobilities’ is held in conjunction with Tourism Naturally 2019. The conference seeks to explore the intersection of sustainability and health and wellbeing within and around protected areas. Specifically, the conference aims to understand the lasting contribution these experiences can have on the visitor and the destination through the transformative potential of the tourist encounter with natural resources. The transformational outcomes for people and places will be explored through a focus on health, wellbeing and sustainability, providing insights into the multitude of contexts, challenges, and opportunities of tourism within and around protected areas. For more information on TNC 2019 please visit the following website:

Special discounted packages are available to participants wishing to attend both conferences. See below for further information.

Registration will close at May 21st 2019.





Cancellation policy

No refund will be possible but substitute delegates can be nominated.



The conference will take place at the Buxton Campus of the University of Derby. The venue is also known as the ‘Dome’, and is located at the centre of the town of Buxton. The Dome is a grade II listed building which includes the largest Dome in Europe at over 150ft diameter. It is architecturally stunning and with its 44-column, 150ft diameter colonnade supporting the 560 ton roof, it is one of Buxton’s most famous landmarks.

Address: Devonshire Dome, 1 Devonshire Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6RY, United Kingdom


Meeting organiser

The meeting is hosted by The University of Derby (
Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism (

The University of Derby’s reputation for industry-relevant degree programs offer their 34,000 students unparalleled opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside their studies. They’ve invested around £100 million over the past five years in some of the best university facilities you’ll find in the UK to ensure their students get the hands-on practical skills and experience employers are looking for.

The Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management courses are in the top 10 in the UK, as ranked The Guardian University Guide 2019. Derby is accredited by the Tourism Management Institute and a member of the Institute of Travel & Tourism. The campus in Buxton sits on the edge of the Northern Powerhouse and the Peak District National Park, an area thriving with tourism businesses, providing unique opportunities for provides unparalleled opportunities for real world learning in Outdoor, Events, Hospitality, Tourism, Spa and Wellness. 

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