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CFP AAG 2010: Geographies of Tourism and Technology
 
There is considerable potential for the use of new mobile technologies and social media within the context of leisure and tourism, yet little is known about how travelers actually incorporate these technologies into their tourism practices. Research on tourism and technology has tended to focus on the implications of ICTs for the tourism industry, with less attention paid to the creative and often playful ways in which travelers use new mobile technologies and social media to organize their journeys, interact in tourist places, or share their experiences with friends and family. How are gadgets like iPhones and GPS devices, social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and social media like travel blogs and video sharing sites shaping tourist experiences and the tourism landscape?
 
This session seeks to explore the kinds of mobile social relations and tourist geographies that emerge at the intersection between tourism and technology. The papers in this session will examine the way tourists, backpackers, and other leisure travelers are using mobile technologies, social media and social networking applications to connect to people and to places while they are on the move. Keeping in mind the fact that ‘new technologies enhance the mobility of some people and places and heighten the immobility of others’ (Hannam 2008), this session will also consider how new technologies and digital media can both connect and disconnect; mobilize and immobilize tourists and tourist places.
 
Papers that address the following possible themes are especially encouraged:
 
Tourism and Mobile Phones
Tourism, Twitter and Facebook
Travel Blogging
Tourism and Social Networking
Tourism and Social Media
Tourism and New Digital Media
Digital Tourism Geographies
Tourism and Locative Media
Mobile Technologies and Tourist Spaces
Connecting and Disconnecting on the Move
Digital Divides in Tourism Landscapes
 
Please submit your abstract by October 16th 2009 to [log in to unmask]