The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Monday, August 24, 2009

World Heritage and Tourism: Announcement & CFP

We are pleased to announce and CFP for the following forthcoming international conference:

world heritage and tourism:

Managing for the global and the local

3-4 June 2010, Quebec City, Canada

As of 2009, approximately 900 sites are registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list. For many sites inscription on the World Heritage List acts as a promotional device and the management challenge is one of protection, conservation and dealing with increased numbers of tourists. For other sites, designation has not brought anticipated expansion in tourist numbers and associated investments. What is clear is that tourism is now a central concern to the wide array of stakeholders involved with World Heritage Sites. We increasingly need to understand the multi-layered relationships between the diverse range of Sites and tourism and tourists and, to focus on how tourism is effectively managed for the benefit of all.

This conference seeks to explore a series of critical and fundamental questions being raised by the various 'owners', managers and local communities involved with World Heritage Sites in relation to tourism: Why do tourists visit some World Heritage Sites and not others? What is the tourist experience of such Sites? How successful are Sites in the management of tourists? What roles do local communities play in Site management? How can the 'spirit of place' be protected in the face of the sheer volume of tourists? How can some Sites maximize the potential of a sustainable tourism for the purposes of poverty alleviation and community cohesion? How effective are communication strategies in bringing stakeholders together? What management skills are needed to address the needs of different stakeholders, different sites and different cultures?

We encourage papers from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and welcome submissions which address theoretical, empirical, methodological, comparative and practical perspectives on the fullest array of themes associated with the management of UNESCO World Heritage.


Original papers are invited to consider subject areas including, but not limited to, the following themes:

* Marketing in the management of World Heritage Sites;

* The pragmatics of managing tourists;

* Financing World Heritage;

* Community involvement in Site management;

* Relations between intangible cultural heritage and Site management;

* The role of the private tourism sector;

* The nature of tourist experience and behaviour at World Heritage Sites;

* Shaping local, regional and national identities through Site inscription;

* Issues of governance and transnational regulation;

* Legal rights and notions of 'ownership';

* The management of World Heritage 'values';

* The geo-politics of inclusion and exclusion;

* Methods of Site evaluation;

* Managing spiritual values and biodiversity;

* The role of UNESCO and the political economies of designation.

Please submit your 500 words abstract (in French or English) including a title and full contact details as an electronic file to Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas (<> <<>> ) or Laurent Bourdeau (<> <<>> ) as soon as possible but no later than 15 December 2009.

Publication opportunity: Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration. Best papers from the conference will also be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change <> .

Conference Organisers: UNESCO/UNITWIN NETWORK for Culture, Tourism and Development, the Faculty of Business Administration at Université Laval, the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University.

For further details on the conference at a later stage please visit <> or <> or email to<>


Daniela Carl

Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change

Faculty of Arts & Society

Leeds Metropolitan University

Old School Board

Calverley Street




phone +44 (0)113- 812 8541

fax +44 (0)113- 812 8544


1 comment:

J said...

Totally unscientific response: I actually seek out UNESCO World Heritage Sites when I go on holiday. Ideally, I'd love to see them all. I was thrilled to visit so many when I was in Holland last month.

... but then, perhaps this is why I am a PhD student in the Department of Museum Studies?