CFP Deadline: Sep. 15, Special Issue,”Sites of Religion, Sites of Heritage: Exploring the Interface between Religion and Heritage in Tourist Destinations”

Call for Papers: International Journal of Tourism Anthropology – Special Issue on: “Sites of Religion, Sites of Heritage: Exploring the Interface between Religion and Heritage in Tourist Destinations

This special issue invites submissions that examine the interrelationship between pilgrimage sites and heritage sites: how religious sites are considered to be indicative of a community’s broader cultural heritage, and, conversely (and often simultaneously) how heritage sites become places of pilgrimage to certain groups of visitors who ascribe deep meaning to them.

Especially welcome are abstracts that interrogate the ways in which pilgrimages are conceived of as heritage and vice-versa, either historically or in contemporary society; the unique issues inherent in such formal and informal designations; a discussion of the implications of such shifting values; and/or the unique challenges for sustainably developing and managing these complex and multi-vocal sites.

This issue encourages an engagement with tourism, pilgrimage studies, heritage, and issues of identity formation. Submissions may be from various disciplines, including social anthropology, sociology, folklore, human geography, history, economics, management science, politics, heritage studies, management, development studies, and tourism and leisure studies, as well as religious studies and related disciplines. Collaborative works by interdisciplinary research teams are sought. Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.

Topics appropriate for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following subject areas:

  • The link between religious pilgrimage and heritage
  • Theorising religious heritage versus religion-and-heritage sites Value claims on religious / heritage sites
  • Religious and ethical implications of heritage / pilgrimage destinations
  • Management implications for sites of both religious and heritage values
  • Nationalism and religion at tourist sites
  • Secular pilgrimage sites / sites of “political religions”
  • Religious tourism and sustainable development
  • Religion’s role in cultural preservation
  • Pilgrimage-Heritage-Tourism trajectory
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites (particularly those of religious significance)
  • Green Pilgrimage Cities Network

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 15 September, 2013

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