Call for papers 8th International AsTRES conference : « Tourism, Heritage and Public Policies » (deadline: June 15th, 2018)

Call for papers 8th International AsTRES conference : « Tourism, Heritage and Public Policies »

Deadline: June 15th, 2018

Website: Tourism, Heritage and Public Policies

Abstract: Tourism represents a strategic theme for research and public policies related to its economic importance as well as all the implications concerning social and environmental issues. But it has historically been considered as a peripheral issue in research and public policies or simply interpreted as an operational activity in the market sector. However, in recent years the perception of its economic value, as well as its potential social, cultural and environmental impacts, has influenced a novel approach to research based on its interdisciplinary understanding. We can identify two parallel phenomena. On the one hand, the public sector no longer has the capacity to push forward large-scale tourism projects as was the case in the 20th century. On the other hand, public policies are essential in order to regulate tourism phenomena. The recent conflicts in several European cities during the summer of 2017, qualified as tourismophobia, have demonstrated the need for more public regulation. In terms of heritage, public intervention (at a local, regional and national level), is also considered necessary to respond to the main challenges of sustainability, preservation of natural and cultural resources and the well-being of local communities. A significant effort has been made by many public research institutions in Latin America and Europe to promote new perspectives of tourism interpretation and actions aiming for sustainable tourism. This conference aims to analyze and interpret public policies in terms of heritage, seen here in a broad sense, covering both tangible patrimony (architectural, historical, natural, etc.) and intangible patrimony and evaluate their current impact. What is the role, meaning, impact and implication of public heritage policies in relation to tourism in contemporary societies?

The objective of this international conference is to promote and strengthen a qualified and interdisciplinary approach to tourism research, planning and capacity building and to collaborate in building bridges between academic work, the public management sector and society as a whole based on the principles and commitments of sustainable tourism.

Based on the challenges of integrating different kinds of tourism heritage and public policies, the workshop will address the following principle questions:

What are the key theoretical issues in strengthening the perspective of sustainable tourism in academic research and in public policies?
What are the main challenges when integrating public policies?
How to reformulate public policies in terms of tourism in the current economic context in France, Brazil and more generally around the world
What are the perspectives for public and private partnerships in terms of tourism development?
What are the perspectives for public regulation in the current economic context?
Under which conditions can public policies regulate/ resist/ collaborate with the privatization of heritage resources?
How do public policies articulate the fields of tourism and heritage, and what are the stakes and issues?
How, why, and in what context, do public tourism and/or heritage policies emerge?
How does the relationship between public policies work at different territorial scales? And how do political territories connect – or not – with tourist destinations?
How do public policies push forward tourism architecture or planning?
How do public policies take the opportunity of organizating major events emanating from the supranational level, or otherwise? How can the organization of major events such as the Olympic Games also benefit the population? What kind of policies can increase complementarities between tourists and inhabitants, and decrease conflicts?What conclusions can be drawn from the Brazilian case?

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