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2nd Global Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

 

Sunday 10th July 2022 - Monday 11th July 2022
Athens, Greece

Travel, the daily movements of people (and animals), our mobility and ability to traverse spaces and places has been disrupted this last year and a half, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of us for whom travel was a frequent part of our lives have had to rethink how we approach it as we slowly begin to, once more, head to parts unknown – or to familiar and well-loved destinations.

Some of the essentials of travel have not changed, but certainly a great many of them have. Those of us who used to take it for granted, and for whom it was a normal feature of daily life, a right that belonged to us all, are having to rethink not only those assumptions but others as well as the concept of ‘travel’ has become an even more intricate, nuanced and multi-layered phenomenon, filled with new procedures, new privileges, and new obstacles. And all of us are struggling to fully understand and appreciate those changes.

Who gets to travel in today’s world? Has the pandemic widened the divide between those who can and those who can’t? What exactly does it mean to travel? Who travels where and why? What part does history play in the way we move amongst others and into others’ cultures? Do we take our cues from previous centuries and their navigation of illness and access? Or do we create brand new pathways through the world?

Undoubtedly tourism plays a major role: brands, rituals, routes, locations and attractions along with their links to culture, race, gender, identity, age and occupation. In this respect travel is connected to privilege, to heritage, to technology, business, economics and the environment. It is, now, also connected to the very real possibility of infection. What ties does travel have to industry or education or health?

Travel can also be involuntary; people can be forced by acts of war, displaced through genocide, repatriated or removed by political dictators and governmental decree; escaping or moving toward illness.

This inclusive interdisciplinary conference aims to map the broad boundaries of what is involved when we begin to grapple with travel as it has existed in the past, and what it is today. We aim to explore the various interfaces which are created when people move, for whatever reasons, from place to place – and the differences created in just this last nearly two years in what perhaps was, for many, a relatively straightforward process before. Has the pandemic had an effect that will last into the future? Will we choose different destinations? Will we choose different travel partners, restaurants, companies?

This event will explore travel as a cultural phenomenon both in today’s world and the past, identify areas, issues and problems where reform is needed and consider potential pathways to the future with a view to having exciting and fruitful conversations, and creating a publication to engender further research, practice, collaboration and discussions.

Key Topics

Key topics, themes and issues for discussion may include, but are definitely not limited to:

  • Economics and Policy
  • Trends and issues in the tourism industry
  • Business models that support travel (e.g. Air BnB and other DIY tourism models)
  • Tourism as engine for economic development in locations
  • The Covid-19 pandemic
  • Travel and the workforce (fly-in-fly-out occupations and their effect on individuals and communities, changes to human resource planning and policy, regulation of work-related travel)
  • Tourism policy (provisions for national/state parklands, historical landmarks, & other travel destinations; promotion and regulation of travel industry)
  • Eco-tourism
  • Travel bans and their implications
  • Safety rules and regulations for travel generally
  • Customs and immigration policy
  • Consular/Embassy interactions with travellers
  • Approaches to designing tourism destinations
  • Education
  • Travel and learning
  • Travel and education curriculum development
  • Case studies in tourism and hospitality courses/training
  • Travel Patterns
  • Historical and contemporary cultural attitudes toward travel
  • Emerging trends; the rise of the travel as an ‘experience’
  • Predicting the future of travel
  • Travel and Philosophy
  • Ethical and moral considerations in tourism (issues of exploitation, dark tourism, commodification of cultures, boycotts, etc.)
  • Impact of travel on the development of moral and ethical theories
  • Environmental impact, justice and sustainability
  • Journeys as enlightenment/pilgrimages
  • Travel, Medicine and Health
  • Therapeutic benefits of travel
  • Medical tourism; the rise of the spa
  • Role of travel in spreading/curing diseases
  • Differently-abled travel
  • Phobias related to travel: causes and approaches to treatment
  • Medical emergencies during travel: issues around insurance, approaches for accessible treatment
  • Those who cannot travel
  • Travel and Technology
  • Profiles of key innovations and innovators
  • Virtual travel and the technologies the enable it
  • Innovation to enhance speed and comfort of travel
  • The future technologies of travel
  • Space and deep-sea exploration
  • Travel as Creative Inspiration
  • Travelogues, tv series about travel, travel writing, travel cookery and cuisine
  • Art, music, poetry, literature inspired by travel (or which inspires travel)
  • Travel and Identity
  • Examinations of how class, gender, ethnicity, nationality, occupation and sexual orientation impact travellers and experiences with travelling
  • Specialised sectors in the travel industry to cater for groups (LGBTIA, singles, retirees, backbackers, etc.)
  • Anthropological/sociological studies of nomadic (sub) cultures and indigenous peoples

What To Send

This interdisciplinary conference and collaborative networking event aim to bring together academics, professionals, practitioners, NGOs, voluntary sector workers, etc., in the context of a variety of formats: presentations, seminars, workshops, panels, performances, etc.

300-word reviews of your proposed contribution (paper abstracts, proposals for workshops, collaborative works or round tables, overviews of artistic projects, or any other relevant forms of participation you are interested in) should be submitted by Friday 11th February 2022

All submissions will be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by an international panel drawn from the Project Advisory Team and the Advisory Board. In practice, our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 25th February 2022

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a complete draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 20th May 2022

Proposals may be in Word, PDF, RTF, or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of the proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.

Emails should be entitled:  Travel Submission

Where To Send

Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair and the Project Administrator:

Teresa Cutler-Broyles: teresa@progressiveconnexions.net 
Len Capuli (Project Administrator): athenstravel@progressiveconnexions.net

Details and Information

 

Registration Fees

The Registration Fee is £275 and includes:

~ conference registration fee
~ online registration
~ online abstract and programme submissions
~ Book of Abstracts
~ Delegate Pack (online and physical)
~ Sunday coffee/tea on arrival
~ Sunday morning coffee and biscuits
~ Sunday lunch
~ Sunday afternoon tea and biscuits
~ Sunday evening wine and drinks reception
~ drinks in the conference room
~ Monday morning coffee and biscuits
~ Monday lunch
~ Monday afternoon tea and biscuits
~ drinks in the conference room
~ participation in project output discussion session
~ discounted rates for any outputs emerging from the event
~ discounted rate for attendance at further Progressive Connexions activities and events

Calendar of time-lines and deadlines

Friday 11th February 2022
Abstract/Presentation submission

Friday 25th February 2022
Acceptance/Rejection notification

Friday 25th February 2022
Booking Form Submissions

by Friday 1st April 2022
Circulation of Draft Programme
Invoices issued

Friday 29th April 2022
Final date for payment

Friday 13th May 2022
Circulation of Revised Programme
Full draft of presentation to be submitted

Friday 3rd June 2022
Final programme to printing

The conference is being held at the Titania Hotel Athens

Situated in the centre of Athens, between Syntagma & Omonia squares and METRO stations, Panepistimio & Omonia

52, Panepistimiou 10678, Athens -Greece
Tel: +30.210-33.26.000 Fax: +30.210-33.00.700

We have reserved rooms for delegates at the conference hotel on favourable terms and conditions. On having a proposal accepted for presentation at the conference, and on the completion and submission of a booking form, a special booking form will be sent to you along with instructions on how to use it in order to access these terms.

Standard Room - Single Occupancy €120 per night including breakfast and all taxes
Standard Room - Double/Twin Person Occupancy €130 per night including breakfast and all taxes

Details will be sent to delegates on how to access these rates once receipt of the booking form has been confirmed.
Accommodation bookings are made directly with the hotel, not Progressive Connexions. All payments for accommodation are made directly to the hotel as well. A credit card will be required on booking.
You are free to find alternative accommodation. We are offering these arrangements as a convenience to folks who would like to be at the conference venue.

The conferences, meetings and events we organise are not single ‘one-off’ events. They are part of a continual stream of conversations, activities and projects which grow and evolve in different directions. At the conclusion of every meeting, the question needs to be considered: What happens next? After all, there is little personal, educational or professional benefit in gathering people together from around the world and sharing all sorts of fascinating conversations if nothing further is going to happen as a result!

The possible ranges of ‘outputs’ which can productively flow from our meetings is a dynamic response to the dialogues, issues and engagements that take place during the events themselves. And as our meetings are attended by folks who come from different backgrounds, contexts, professions and vocations, what people would like to see developed as a result of our time spent together will always be potentially diverse, fluid and appropriate to what took place.

One range of possible outputs involves publication as a way of continuing the work of a project. Where publishing is a possibility, it is directly referenced in the Call for Papers, Presentations and Participation. Other possible outputs may include, but are not limited to:
~ social media platforms such as Facebook pages and groups, blogs, wikis, Twitter, as vehicles for continuing dialogues, disseminating knowledge and information and bringing new people into the work of the project
~ reviews; reports; policy statements; position papers/statements; declarations of principles
~ proposals for meetings, workshops, courses, schools
~ collaboration gateways, platforms and media
~ personal and professional development opportunities: faculty development; mentoring programmes; cultural cruises; consultancies; summer schools; personal enrichment programmes

The range of outputs is dependent on how little or how much you would like to become involved. Don’t let the end of the meeting signal the end of your involvement with the project. Please get involved, bounce ideas around, think out loud – we’d love to hear about what you’d like to do and are always happy to talk about what is possible.

Payment Process
Participants must complete the online booking form by  Friday 18th March 2022 at the latest.
After the deadline has expired, an invoice will be drawn up and sent to you; the invoice will contain all the necessary information for you to pay by bank transfer, cheque, Paypal or credit card.
The invoice must be settled by Friday 29th April 2022

It is the responsibility of delegates to ensure that payment is made by this date. Failure to receive payment will result in your booking being cancelled.

Payment Methods
There are a number of ways payment can be made.

Cheque
Payment can be made by cheque, in GBP (£ sterling) only and must be drawn against a bank with headquarters in the United Kingdom. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Progressive Connexions’ and sent, with a copy of the booking form, to:

Dr Rob Fisher
Progressive Connexions
Priory House
149b Wroslyn Road
Freeland
Oxfordshire. OX29 8HR
United Kingdom

We regret we cannot and will not accept cheques made payable in currencies other than GBP Sterling.

Bank Transfer Payment may be made using bank transfer. There will be an option to pay in either GBP (£ Sterling) or Euro (€). Full details to enable a bank transfer are made available on your conference invoice. If paying by this method, you must agree to pay all charges at the sending and receiving banks.

By Invoice
You may request that an invoice be sent to you which you may forward to your institution. It is your responsibility to ensure that the invoice is paid before the payment deadline.

Online
Your invoice will include a link to pay through a secure and encrypted online payment system. Please click the link to use this method.

Credit Card
Payment may also be made using credit card. We cannot accept American Express or Discovery as a form of payment.

Paypal
Payment may also be made using Paypal. If paying by this method please send us the email account connected with your Paypal account and we will forward you a request for payment.

IMPORTANT
We strongly recommend that all delegates take out some form of travel or other insurance in relation to any and all travel arrangements or accommodation booked in regard to the conference. This should include cancellation insurance in the event of unforeseen or unexpected circumstances.

All fees are payable in advance. No delegate will be permitted entry to the conference if an invoice is still unpaid.

What’s so Special?

A fresh, friendly, dynamic format – at Progressive Connexions we are dedicated to breaking away from the stuffy, old-fashion conference formats, where endless presentations are read aloud off PowerPoints. We work to bring you an interactive format, where exchange of experience and information is alternated with captivating workshops, engaging debates and round tables, time set aside for getting to know each other and for discussing common future projects and initiatives, all in a warm, relaxed, egalitarian atmosphere.

 

A chance to network with international professionals – the beauty of our interdisciplinary events is that they bring together professionals from all over the world and from various fields of activity, all joined together by a shared passion. Not only will the exchange of experience, knowledge and stories be extremely valuable in itself, but we seek to create lasting, ever-growing communities around our projects, which will become a valuable resource for those belonging to them.

 

A chance to be part of constructing change – There is only one thing we love as much as promoting knowledge: promoting real, lasting social change by encouraging our participants to take collective action, under whichever form is most suited to their needs and expertise (policy proposals, measuring instruments, research projects, educational materials, etc.) We will support all such actions in the aftermath of the event as well, providing a platform for further discussions, advice from the experts on our Project Advisory Team and various other tools and intellectual resources, as needed.

 

An opportunity to discuss things that matter to you – Our events are not only about discussing how things work in the respective field, but also about how people work in that field – what are the struggles, problems and solutions professionals have found in their line of work, what are the areas where better communication among specialists is needed and how the interdisciplinary approach can help bridge those gaps and help provide answers to questions from specific areas of activity.

 

An unforgettable experience – When participating in a Progressive Connexions event, there is a good chance you will make some long-time friends. Our group sizes are intimate, our venues are comfortable and relaxing and our event locations are suited to the history and culture of the event.

Ethos

Progressive Connexions believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract or proposal for presentation.

 

Please note: Progressive Connexions is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence, nor can we offer discounts off published rates and fees.

 

All enquiries should be sent to the project email: athensmigrations@progressiveconnexions.net

Further details and information can be found at the project web page:
https://www.progressiveconnexions.net/interdisciplinary-projects/cultures-and-societies/migrations/

Progressive Connexions is a not-for-profit network inspiring inclusive interdisciplinary research, publishing and collaboration

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