World Heritage and Tourism


This is a Call for Papers for contributions to furnace, an open access, postgraduate/ graduate journal. Edited by doctoral researchers in the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) at the University of Birmingham. furnace hopes to be a facilitator for sparking debates and discussions surrounding the expanding and diversifying disciplinary field of cultural heritage.

The World Heritage Convention only mentions tourism once, and it does so in the context of threats of a magnitude potentially great enough to warrant putting a site on the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. When tourism is not being discussed as a direct threat to World Heritage Sites, it is typically considered in terms of providing appropriate facilities for visitors or with the potential economic benefits that tourism can bring both to individual sites and their surrounding areas. However, there is a need to consider how tourists engage with and experience World Heritage in broader terms. The Budapest Declaration outlines a number of strategic objectives, of which the fourth is to “increase public awareness, involvement and support for World Heritage through Communication” (UNESCO World Heritage Centre, 2002, emphasis original). This theme is expanded on in the ‘awareness-raising and education’ section of the Operational Guidelines (UNESCO World Heritage Centre, 2015, VI.C). Although there is a clear emphasis on communication of the key themes of World Heritage through education, the general public, including tourists, are also identified as a significant audience.

This issue will examine the theme of World Heritage and tourism in relation to the experience of World Heritage sites by tourists, exploring the nature of communication to tourists and the many and varied ways they may interact with the sites they visit. As tourism is characterised by its short term nature, is it possible for individuals to gain anything more than a surface level experience of World Heritage, and is this different to the sort of experience they might have at sites not inscribed on the List. We are seeking submissions of papers with a focus on exploring the ways in which tourists encounter World Heritage and how they may differ from other communities of interest at these sites. Papers of both a theoretical or case study basis are welcomed. Broad themes for the issue include:

  • The ways in which World Heritage values are represented to tourists and the resulting effects on tourist experience;
  • The role of World Heritage status and values in the construction of tourism imaginaries of destinations; and
  • How significant is World Heritage in tourist narratives of place?

The theme of the 6th issue of the IIICH Postgraduate journal furnace is World Heritage and Tourism.

Full papers are required by Friday, December 30th 2016. They should be sent to: . Decisions will be made quickly by the editorial board. Those accepted will be reviewed and corrected for publication launch on Friday 2nd June 2017.

See the webpage for further information on submissions.

For further information or any questions, please contact us via the email above or tweet at @furnacejournal


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