Rethinking Engagements with Nature via Tourism Part I

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Specialty Group, Media and Communication Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Senate Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Elizabeth Vidon, Jillian Rickly
Chairs: Elizabeth Vidon

Call for Submissions

We welcome relevant papers in various stages of completion to populate two consecutive sessions with this theme. If you are interested in participating in one of these sessions: in addition to registering your abstract for the conference on the AAG website, please submit a copy of your abstract along with your AAG PIN to Elizabeth Vidon ( and Jillian Rickly ( no later than 10/25/18 If you have any questions or need further information about the session, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

This session is sponsored by the Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Specialty Group and the Media and Communication Geography Specialty Group.


Tourism has changed the way we engage with nature. It can facilitate new experiences in different environs and alter the way we interact with familiar ones. Tourism marketing presents nature, wilderness, and wildlife as accessible, and experiences within them as available for purchase. As tourists, we capture photogenic moments and share encounters with nature via social media. Collectively, this seems to suggest that while tourism may offer the potential for greater interaction with nature, this engagement is increasingly mediated on several fronts.

This session casts a wide net. We are interested in creating a dialogue that (re)considers engagements with nature via tourism, either corporeally or virtually – to wit, the ways our engagements with nature have been mediated, filtered, enhanced, or changed in some way by tourism. While engagements with nature may take the form of anything from a walk through one’s backyard to an intense climb in the Himalayas, tourism has informed and impacted even the most prosaic of these activities through expectation, experience, image, and embodiment. Indeed, while tourism has in many ways collapsed the extraordinary and the everyday, new questions arise as to the implications of our engagement with nature via tourism. Most notably, we must ask about our responsibility to the places we visit and how our behavior in both the real and virtual world affects the resilience of such destinations.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Elizabeth S. Vidon*, SUNY-ESF, Jillian M. Rickly, University of Nottingham, Peter J Varley, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences , Michelle Duffy, University of Newcastle, Caroline Scarles, University of Surrey, Plugging in for the unplugged: Technologically mediated engagements with nature in tourism 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Claire Dumont*, University of Vermont, A Wilderness Techscape: Land-Use Conflict, Work, and Recreation in the Central Klamath River Region 20 2:20 PM
Presenter Michela Stinson*, University of Waterloo, Bryan S. R. Grimwood, University of Waterloo, Crushing defeat: beta as a material-discursive defacing in rock climbing 20 2:40 PM
Presenter Benjamin Carpenter*, SUNY ESF, Elizabeth Vidon, SUNY ESF, Boys’ Clubs and Beta Sprayers: Masculinized wilderness and gendered disparities in wilderness experiences 20 3:00 PM
Discussant Jillian Rickly University of Nottingham 20 3:20 PM

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