Rethinking Engagements with Nature via Tourism Part II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Specialty Group, Media and Communication Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 3:55 PM / 5:35 PM (MDT)
Room: Senate Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Elizabeth Vidon, Jillian Rickly
Chairs: Elizabeth Vidon

Call for Submissions

For this, the second of two consecutive sessions, we welcome papers in various stages of completion. If you are interested in participating in the session: 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 11/5/18. If you have any questions or need further information about the session, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


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 Jason Julian*, Texas State University, Old Forts and New Amenities in the Southern Plains 20 3:55 PM
Presenter John Kelly*, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Flows and divisions in the Selva Maya, from sacbeob to the Maya Train 20 4:15 PM
Presenter Jennifer Dodsworth*, University of Oxford, Locating English natures and identities in the #LakeDistrict 20 4:35 PM
Discussant Jane Lovell Canterbury Christ Church University 20 4:55 PM

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