CFP – Creating Heritage for Tourism – Routledge Edited Book

Call for Proposals: Creating Heritage for Tourism (Routledge)

Editors: Dr Catherine Palmer (University of Brighton, UK) and Dr Jacqueline Tivers (St Mary’s University, UK).

We are inviting abstracts for chapters of around 6000 words to be included in an edited book published by Routledge and linked to the Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group. The book seeks to build upon themes that emerged out of the New Directions in Heritage Tourism panel at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2016. Chapter contributions are not limited to papers presented at the conference.

Abstracts of 250 words in the form of a word-processed email attachment should be sent to the editors by FRIDAY 16th DECEMBER 2016. Please include contact details with the abstract – please email and

What does ‘heritage’ mean in the 21st century?  Traditional ideas of heritage involve places where objects, landscapes, people and ideas are venerated and reproduced over time as an inheritance for future generations. However, such uses of the past may not fit the wide range of phenomena now claimed as ‘heritage’ for tourism purposes. Primarily for economic, but also in some cases for socio-cultural reasons, sectors such as culinary tourism, ecotourism, cultural tourism and religious tourism together with ‘destinations’ such as post conflict sites and sea ports ‘adopted’ by cruise companies have employed the heritage label to attract tourists. Thus, the commodification of history has been extended to include the proactive production and reproduction of heritage products and experiences (Macleod, 2010; Tzanelli, 2013) bearing little relationship to either a real or an imagined past.

Indeed, the drive to label an ever expanding range of phenomena and experiences as heritage for tourism purposes never seems to wane, largely because the past as heritage ‘works’. It resonates with people, with individuals and communities.  As such, we need to better understand how heritage is created in the present, how it is ‘used’, interpreted and experienced within different geographic and cultural contexts. This book seeks to interrogate the production and reproduction of heritage products and experiences through contributions that expand current scholarship in terms of the relationship between heritage and tourism. We particularly welcome contributions that offer non-western uses of the past as heritage.

Topics may include, but are not restricted to the following:

·      The meaning of ‘heritage’ to tourists

·      Heritage creation

·      Indigenous understandings of ‘heritage’

·      Post conflict ‘heritage’ as tourist attraction

·      The production of heritage and tourism through films/TV

·      The heritage label:  e.g. nature-based tourism, cruise tourism, sacred/religious tourism, food and drink as ‘heritage’

·      Heritage as embodied performance

·      The concept of ‘living’ heritage

Macleod, D.V.L. (2010) ‘Power, Culture and the Production of Heritage’ in D.V.L. Macleod and J.G. Carrier (ed) Tourism, Power and Culture: Anthropological Insights. Channel View: Bristol, pp. 64-89.
Tzanelli, R. (2013) Heritage in the Digital Era: Cinematic Tourism and the Activist

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