While the study of animal-human connectivity within the context of tourism has been explored in a greater diversity of ways within the last decade, the discourse is still divided within two camps: 1) traditional tourism academia and 2) outside disciplines “looking in.” Tourism academics have borrowed philosophical, ethical, gender studies, sociological, ecological conservation, and economic lenses to explore animals in tourism, however truly transdisciplinary approaches within and external to tourism proper remains few.
An interdisciplinary collaboration between The Civet Project and Fanimal, Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism merges research from anthrozoological and multi-species scholarship, with critical tourism studies and animal ethics to bring together researchers across disciplines with an interest in advocating for animals in touristic contexts.
Through scholarly research, collective problem solving, and ethical enquiry, we strengthen the bridge between "tourism academia" and "non-tourism academia". Specifically, we highlight fresh perspectives, emerging methodologies and innovative collaborative praxis to explore the role of animals in tourism whilst critically working towards more ethical human-animal interactions within the tourism and leisure space.
The brain child of Anthrozoologist Jes Hooper, and Tourism Professor Carol Kline, Emerging Voices is in the first year of emergence and already new voices are flourishing. The project has so far culminated in an inaugural international conference, an ongoing online network for peer support and sharing of collaborative research opportunities, and a book volume of the same name is also in the developmental stages.
From beasts of burden to photographic props and entertainers, to airport service animals and wild animals in ecotourism, the ways in which animals are entangled in tourism are varied and the impact of these relationships upon humans and other animals are complex. While the study of animal-human connectivity within the context of tourism is being explored in a greater diversity of ways within the last decade, truly transdisciplinary approaches within and external to tourism proper remains few. The aim of this conference is to strengthen the bridge between “tourism academia” and “non-tourism academia” by highlighting and celebrating fresh perspectives within and external to tourism, and those who bridge the two.
The Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism Conference 2023 will facilitate our vibrant transdisciplinary community to continue to grow. We offer a supportive space for the development of transdisciplinary scholarship and effective advocacy for the millions of animals worldwide who are enrolled within varying contexts within the tourism industry.
Presentation topics include:
transportation and recreation
sport and racing
animals as photo props
liminal animals at tourist sites
companion animal travel
service animals in travel and tourism industries
volunteer tourism (sanctuaries, wildlife reserves and zoos)
The conference will be grounded in progressive and innovative praxis where ongoing collaborations can be formed through the sharing of emergent voices in academia, advocacy, and industry. Keynote speakersinclude established academics from tourism and animal studies, photo journalists, and representatives from animal advocacy organizations including Born Free.
Dr Carol Kline
Dr. Carol Kline is founder of Fanimal and a Professor in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Appalachian State University.
The mission of Fanimal is to provide a space for personal and professional development in a variety of animal and environmental related fields. We foster community, facilitate discovery, and accelerate career building for people who love animals. We aim to multiply our positive impact for animals by focusing on the development of animal allies, academics, advocates, and activists.
Jes is founder of the Civet Project, a member of the IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group, and a Anthrozoology PhD Candidate at the University Exeter.
The Civet Project is a non-profit with a mission to protect the intrinsic interests of civets (Viverrid sp.) through the dissemination of civet research to a range
of audiences, and via the promotion of ethical consumerism.