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Travelling and travelled landscapes: mobilities, politics and imaginations of tourism

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research

Guest editors: Dr Maarja Kaaristo and Dr Steven Rhoden (Department of Marketing, Retail and Tourism; Manchester Metropolitan University; UK.)

Travelling is simultaneously functional and meaningful: it is cultural, political, embodied, narrated and imagined. The main goal of this thematic issue is to discuss the tourist experience and mobilities in relation to various landscapes, which can be experienced in physical, narrated, mediated and other ways. Tourist landscapes occur through sensory and affective, as well as discursive and narrated, movement of people, vehicles, ideas and information. This thematic issue will examine how these travelling landscapes are experienced, practiced, imagined and performed in motion in various social and political contexts. We will take a closer look at the place- and culture-specific mobile practices from running and walking to travelling on various means of transport such as cars, boats, trains, bicycles, coaches, planes and others. We are also interested in discussing the ways culture, society, politics and religion affect and influence the formation of touristic landscapes.

This call for the thematic issue aims at attracting research notes and full papers from prospective authors interested in publishing state-of-the-art, cutting-edge research exploring both the landscapes of travelling, as well as the travelling of landscapes from multi-disciplinary angles. We invite contributions relating to tourism and leisure studies, events, hospitality, tourism and sports management, urban studies and planning, geography, sociology, anthropology, ethnology and other related fields. The issue will aim to make a contribution to the growing area of mobilities studies by demonstrating the relevance of this theory to tourism studies; it will also enhance our understanding of landscapes in terms of tourism and leisure and will therefore have potential management and governance implications.

In this special thematic issue on ‘Travelling and travelled landscapes: mobilities, politics and imaginations of tourism’, the guest editors and the editors of the International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research encourage potential contributors to explore and examine the following topics:

  • Embodied and sensory experiences; affect and atmospheres of tourism landscapes.
  • Rhythms and temporalities of leisure landscapes.
  • Special interest and niche tourism landscapes (food, wine, etc.).
  • Religion, national identities, politics and power relations in travelling.
  • Travelling to war-torn places and countries.
  • Borders and tourism landscapes.
  • Tourism transport and transport tourism; public transport and tourism.
  • Gendered landscapes of mobilities.
  • Digital and virtual landscapes of tourism (including augmented and virtual realities)
  • Experiences of space and place by solo/family/group travelers.
  • Mobile engagements with the urbanity, rurality and wilderness in tourism.
  • Representations and narrations of tourism mobilities and tourism landscapes in cultural texts (art, media, literature, film, etc.).
  • Governance and planning of tourism transport.
  • Managing, developing, marketing and branding the touristic landscapes.

Papers submitted must not have been published, accepted for publication, or be under review for publication elsewhere.
Manuscripts should be prepared according to the journal’s submission guidelines and submitted through ScholarOne Manuscripts at

Please notice that Full papers should be between 5000 and 6500 words in length, including references and Research notes between 2000 and 3000 words in length, including references, for more details see the authors’ guidelines:

Manuscripts will undergo the regular double-blind peer review process; however, the guest editors will expedite the process to ensure timely publication.

Important deadlines
Submission deadline for full papers:  20th of October 2019
First decision for full papers:  1st of December 2019
Revisions and final decision:  February/March 2020
Expected publication of the thematic issue: June/July 2020
Early submissions of research notes and full papers are strongly encouraged and will be promptly processed by the editors.

Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the guest editors with any questions regarding potential topics of interest for contributions to this thematic issue.

For further information, please email the Guest Editor Dr. Maarja Kaaristo at [email protected]

Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Serena Volo, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy [email protected]

Suggested references:
Cartier, C. and Lew, A. A. (Eds.) (2005) Seductions of place: Geographical perspectives on globalization and touristed landscapes. London, New York: Routledge
Cresswell, T., & Merriman, P. (Eds.). (2011). Geographies of mobilities: Practices, spaces, subjects. Farnham, Burlington: Ashgate.
Gammon, S. and Elkington, S. (Eds.) (2015) Landscapes of Leisure. Space, Place and Identities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Howard, P., Thompson, I. & Waterton, E. (Eds.) (2013) The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies. London, New York: Routledge
Urry. J. (2007) Mobilities. Cambridge, Malden: Polity.
Vallerani, F. and Visentin, F. (Eds.) (2018) Waterways and the Cultural Landscape. New York, Abingdon: Routledge.