CFP: ATIG Invited Panel For AAA 2023

Tourism in Transition

Organizer: Celia Tuchman-Rosta (CUNY York College, ATIG Program Chair) 

American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
November 15-19, 2023
Toronto, ON

The American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group (ATIG) is currently soliciting paper proposals for the ATIG-sponsored session, (an “invited panel”) to be held during the AAA Meetings in Toronto, ON November 15-19. This will be an in person session that, because of its “invited” status is guaranteed acceptance in the conference program. In addition, there is the possibility of organizing a publication stemming from the session. We are currently in conversations with the Tourism Studies journal about last year’s session as a special issue.

This Year’s Panel: Tourism in Transition

“Transitions” is a particularly salient topic for the anthropology of tourism. Tourism is in the process of undergoing plethora of transitions in the wake of the COVID pandemic, with growing concerns about environmental impacts, as many economies shift towards service industries, and as sustainable, community based tourism projects continue to develop. As noted in the conference theme description, these transitions present both challenges and opportunities and can be approached “with a sense of experimentation, imagination, and play.” 

Possible topics discussed at the ATIG Business meeting in 2022 are listed below, but submitters are welcome to propose additional topics:

  • Transitioning back to tourism after COVID lockdowns 
  • Transitioning away from ‘bad’ forms of tourism
  • Transitioning toward forms of tourism with social or climate justice elements/goals
  • Transitions from extractive industries (e.g., fishing) to service industries (e.g., tourism)
  • Transitional tourism spaces
  • “Making change” or making intentional transitions to something better

If you are interested in proposing a paper for this panel, please submit a 250-word abstract to Celia Tuchman-Rosta (ctuchmanrosta [at] by Monday March 6