Pilgrimages and Tourism
Pilgrimages are ancient practices of humankind and are associated with a great variety of religious, spiritual and secular traditions. In today’s world the number of visits to sacred sites such as Santiago de Compostela (Spain), La Virgen de Guadalupe (Mexico), Matka Boska Czetochowska (Poland), secular places such as Graceland, home of Elvis Presley, Eifel Tower in Paris, Hiroshima Peace Museum and virtual pilgrimages, facilitated by video and satellite links is growing. With them, tourism both individual and in groups has been steadily increasing and changing.
This conference seeks to explore, analyse and discuss the complex concepts of pilgrimages and tourism. What is a pilgrimage? Do pilgrimages contribute to the sense of community and belonging? Is tourism a transformative experience? How do souvenirs, memorabilia and travelogues facilitate imagination of other people and places?
Conference presentations will be related, but not limited, to:
- History of pilgrimages and tourism
- Geography of pilgrimage and tourism
- Pilgrimages, tourism and religion
- Pilgrimages and theology
- Pilgrimages, tourism and philosophy
- Pilgrimages, tourism and literature
- Pilgrimages, tourism and media
- Pilgrimages, tourism and art
- Pilgrimages, tourism and economy
- Pilgrimages, tourism and politics
- Pilgrimages, tourism and culture
- Teaching tourism and pilgrimages