CfP „The Power of New Urban Tourism: Representations and Contestations“, ISA RC 50 Interim Conference, Chiang Mai, 2020

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Dear colleagues,

Anna Laura Raschke and myself organize a session on „The Power of New Urban Tourism: Representations and Contestations“ at the Interim Conference of the International Sociological Association's Research Commitee 50 (International Tourism) that will take place from 1-5 April, 2020 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We are looking forward to receiving paper abstracts no later than 1 September, 2019 (please note the details of the abstract submission in the CfP below)!


Session description: The Power of New Urban Tourism: Representations and Contestations

Tourists in growing numbers are visiting cities because cities are represented as assemblages of important sights, buzzing atmospheres, distinctive local cultures and (imagined) ways of life attached to them. In recent times, advertising slogans such as “the place to be” or “live like a local” and the notion of staying in “homes” rather than in hotel rooms or holiday apartments have increasingly shifted the attention of urban tourists from sightseeing to lifeseeing and have transported the idea of embedding oneself in a residential community in order to at least temporarily attain the status of a local when traveling. This kind of New Urban Tourism furthers the need of inhabitants to deal with these ever new, transient neighbors and raises the question of how to integrate them into their own notions of locals and non-locals/tourists. It also poses challenges to the everyday life in urban neighborhoods as the routines of locals and tourists and their respective usage of public and private spaces differ, if not clash. The session aims to bring together theoretical and empirical research on how (and which) representations of people and places attract tourists to residential neighborhoods, and how local communities contest both these powerful representations and the impact of New Urban Tourism on their neighborhoods. By this we hope to advance the discussion on power relations, discourse and power, truth and power, contested meaning-making and the politics of representation in the rising international research field of New Urban Tourism.


Call for papers:


Call for Papers

ISA RC50 Interim Conference 2020


Location & Dates: Chiang Mai, Thailand 1-5 April 2020


Submission deadline: Monday 1st September 2019


The Research Committee on International Tourism (RC50) of the International Sociological Association is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for RC50 interim Conference 2020.


The conference will carry on the recent traditions of multi-, trans-, and postdisciplinary avenues to national and international tourism.


The committee would like to extend a welcome to all researchers working in any area of the sociology of tourism, regardless of whether you are a current member of the ISA. Themes of the sessions are outlined below but there is also an open session to presentations not related to these issues. 


Abstract Submission

An abstract between 300 to 500 words (excluding references) should be submitted to be presented at one of the sessions below. The abstract should include, session number and name, an indication of the research aim, the (inter)disciplinary approach taken, the methods used and the key (expected) findings.  The abstract should be submitted as a MS Word document to both Erdinç Çakmak and Rami K. Isaac


Key Dates

Deadline for abstract submission: Monday 1st September 2019

Notification of acceptance: until Monday 16th September 2019

Early Bird Registration Deadline: Sunday 1st December 2019

The sessions will cover the following topics: 

  1. “Bangkok street food: conflicting discourses of tourism and modernity” chaired by Ray Boland
  2. “Agency and authority in the representations of people, places, pasts and presents” chaired by Keith Hollinshead & Rukeya Suleman
  3. “Tourism as a legitimizing discourse” chaired by Evi Eftychiou
  4. “Community-based Tourism in Asia” chaired by Claudia Dolezal
  5. “Gender and Work in Asia’s Tourism Economies” chaired by Sirijit Sunanta & Alexander Trupp
  6. “Imagined sustainability? Going beyond the image” chaired by Can-Seng OOI, & LIU Jun
  7. “The Power of New Urban Tourism: Representations and Contestations” chaired by Sybille Frank & Anna Laura Raschke 
  8. “Gentrification:  Local (Urban) Image Development Instrument while Carrying Out Cultural/Creative Tourism” chaired by Virginija Jurėnienė
  9. “Crossing (your own?) borders: Tourist movements in difficult spaces” chaired by Jack Shepherd & Daniel Laven
  10. ”Glocalisation/globalisation strategies for in sustainable tourism in rural communities” chaired by Barbara Tomasella:
  11. “Tourism in Asia: Multi-identities and Representations” chaired by Ploysri Porananond
  12. “Walls and Borders” chaired by Anne Hertzog & Rami K. Isaac
  13. “The Reframing of Narratives of Representation and Identities in the Branding of Coastal and Maritime Tourist Areas” chaired by Rico Lie & Loes Witteveen
  14. “The Unfurling Imaginary of Soft Science Approaches in Tourism Studies” chaired by Keith Hollinshead & Rukeya Suleman


There will also be also open sessions (for interesting papers submitted but not under one of the themes above).
Full details of the conference sessions are available at the RC50 website https://


Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Prof Kathleen M. Adams, Loyola University, Chicago, USA.

For more info about professor Adams please visit


Dr. Wantanee Suntikul, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China.

For more info about Dr. Suntikul please visit


Publication Opportunities

Selected papers will be considered for publication at the special issues and edited books on the conference topics.


Key Contacts

Erdinç Çakmak & Rami K. Isaac &

Chair of the Organising Committee