Abstract Guidelines

Abstract guidelines

In the first instance, abstracts of up to 600 words are invited for peer review; these will form the basis for acceptance of the paper for presentation. The abstract should therefore clearly state the objective of the presentation, the findings and their significance to the proceedings, and how they help advance our knowledge of outdoor adventure. It should be submitted as a Word document (Arial 11 point font, 1.5 line spacing). It should include: title, keywords, introduction, method, findings/discussion and conclusion. Exciting and inspiring conference posters are also requested. The submitters should also include a CV of 3-4 lines that includes position, affiliation, research interests and the title of their abstract.

Conference Themes

  • Adventurers
    • Evolving adventure markets
    • Equality and accessibility
    • Adventure motivations
    • Perceptions of adventure
    • Cultural influences on adventure participation
    • Constraints and negotiation strategies for adventurers
    • Adventure tourism histories
    • Wild places now and then and the origin of adventure tourism
    • The emergence of rock climbing in the industrial north
  • Adventure experiences and benefits
    • Perspectives on adventure guiding
    • Narratives of adventure: magic, stories and memories of the outdoors
    • Embodiment and performativity in adventure experiences
    • Spiritualism in adventure
    • Enhanced health and well-being gained from adventure participation
    • Therapeutic benefits associated with adventure participation
    • Serious leisure
    • Supporting adventure experience: transportation and infrastructure
    • Motorised adventures
    • Polar adventure tourism
    • Expeditions and journeys
    • Adventurous and adventuring bodies
  • Adventure product development and diversification
    • Adventure education
    • Slow adventure ('friluftsliv'): eg. living outdoors, the forager, natural capital
    • Luxury adventure tourism
    • Artificial adventure forms
    • Cultural dimensions of adventure tourism
  • Contemporary issues within the adventure industry
    • Marketing adventure and outdoor experiences
    • Working with media and journalists during outdoor experiences
    • Branding and promotion of adventure destinations
    • Commodification and packaging of adventure
    • The regulation of adventure
    • Technology and adventure
    • Risk management
    • Guiding and professionalisation of the sector
    • The commercialisation of outdoor recreation: leisure as a source of tourism innovation
  • Sustainable adventure development
    • Conflicts between adventure participants, local communities and adventure destination environments
    • Access versus conservation issues
    • Local communities and local economies
    • Impacts of adventure
    • Sustainable adventure tourism destinations
    • Adventure tourism and outdoor recreation as drivers of rural development
    • Adventure tourism, sustainability and profitability
    • Co-operation between companies
    • Attracting tour operators
    • Future prospects of adventure tourism in the face of climate change
  • Spaces of adventure
    • Wilderness and its relationship with adventure
    • Urban artificial adventure spaces
    • Rural landscapes
    • Contested adventure spaces
    • The 'great outdoors' on our doorstep: accessible geographies of adventure
  • Methodological approaches and philosophical perspectives
    • Ethnography, visual methods, netnography, feminist methodology, action research
    • Outdoor life versus the urban condition, and places in-between
    • Adventure and postmodernity
    • Philosophies of being outdoors: dwelling and being
    • Natural time versus industrial time
    • The contradictions of sustainable tourism
    • Liminal places and spaces and ethnomethodology
    • Escape attempts, paradoxes and epistemological approaches
  • The open track (or the road-less-travelled)
    • The editorial team would also welcome papers that explore issues in other related outdoor recreation and adventure themes not suggested above.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings, and will be available on the conference web page. There is also the possibility for some papers to be considered for post-conference publication in the new Journal of Adventure Tourism.

Key Dates

  • February 2015
    Abstract submission opens
  • April 2015
    Registration opens
  • Friday 3 July 2015
    Early bird rate closes
  • Monday 10 August
    Booking closes for activities
  • Tuesday 1st September 2015
    Registration closes

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