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Call for Papers

Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Washington,
D.C., April 3-7, 2019


Mountain Tourism in a Rapidly Changing World: International


Organizers: Rudi Hartmann, Marius Mayer, Sanjay K. Nepal


Session Description

Mountain areas worldwide are often inhabited by marginalized people,
and are especially vulnerable due to the impacts of global change. For
many predominantly rural and peripheral mountain regions, tourism has
become an important source of income and job creation, and social and
cultural revival. However, the nexus between tourism and global change
in mountain areas shows a Janus face: Tourism is both one of the major
drivers of change in these areas, and at the same time it is subject
to the consequences of global change, for instance global warming and
its repercussions on snow reliability or natural hazards.

Thus, mountain tourism is an ideal topic for geographical analysis due
to its inherent and complex intermingling of economic, social and
environmental factors shaping its experience and influencing its
development. In addition to the usual multi-scalar perspective in
geography, research on mountain tourism always has to consider the
vertical as well as seasonal dimension. Both show often strong
influences on tourism development in terms of the range of possible
leisure activities. 

The mountains of the world are nevertheless highly diverse in terms of
climate, geomorphology, population, culture, land use, tourism
development, etc., and are consequently confronted with a wide array
of often completely different problems and trends. For example, if one
compares valleys in the Himalayas, the Andes or the European Alps,
challenges and opportunities in those valleys are as diverse as their
topographic and landscape forms. From a human geography perspective,
recent approaches such as resilience, evolutionary economic geography,
choice modelling, amongst others, are relevant to mountain tourism

This session aims to (a) identifying current international trends in
mountain tourism (climate change adaptation, migration and demographic
change, changing social and cultural practices connections of ski
areas, technology diffusion etc.) and their often intermingling
consequences, (b) analyzing disparities in mountain tourism
development on different spatial scales and (c) assessing and
discussing impacts of mountain tourism development for spatial
planning, nature protection, regional economies and local livelihoods.

We invite papers focused on the above themes in the context of
mountain tourism. Please send your expressions of interest or abstract
on or before October 20, 2018, to one of the organizers: Rudi Hartmann
(rudi.hartm...@ucdenver.edu); Marius Mayer
(marius.ma...@uni-greifswald.de); Sanjay Nepal (sne...@uwaterloo.ca).
Abstract submission and conference registration with the AAG are due
October 25, 2018.

Dr. Rudi Hartmann

University of Colorado Denver

Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences

Denver, Colorado



Dr. Marius Mayer
Institute for Geography and Geology
University of Greifswald

Dr. Sanjay K. Nepal

Department of Geography and Environmental Management

University of Waterloo,

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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