ATLAS SIG Animals in Tourism Webinar

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ATLAS SIG Animals in Tourism Webinar
Launching the novel SIG ‘Animals in Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure’
April 10, 2024
14.00 – 15.30 CET

We are pleased to invite you to the webinar launching the novel ATLAS Special Interest Group (SIG) on Animals in Tourism that will have a Special Track in the upcoming ATLAS Annual Conference 2024 ‘Leisure & Tourism 2030: Navigating the Future’, 25-28 June, Breda, The Netherlands.


In this webinar we will present the SIG, its aim and objectives, the network of scholars supporting it and their expectations as well as opening the discussion to the participants to collect and discuss the expectations and interests with regards to this SIG.


  • The webinar will take place 10 April at 14:00 CET (1h30’)
  • The webinar is free to attend for ATLAS members and non-members
  • The webinar will take place in ZOOM
  • Registration is mandatory
  • You can register to attend the webinar HERE

Humans have always been entangled in relations with animals. These relations have often been loaded with a power exercised by humans over animals. As such, the understanding of the sociological and political space of animals has largely revolved around places in which humans have physically and socially confined animals and their (im)mobilities – e. g. zoo, laboratories, veterinary clinics, homes, farms, breeding farms, parks, natural reserves, and wildlife sanctuaries. This understanding of animals is the product of – and contributes to – the moral disentanglement of humans from animals and it results in a commodified approach to the latter. Nevertheless, the human fascination for animals has ancient origin and has emerged in several fields, from the understanding and symbolic use of animals within religions, the scientific interest in examining, inventorying, and cataloguing the different animal species, till the artistic interest in picturing and representing them and the wide range of uses and abuses of animals like – just to name a few – food, clothing, laboratory test etc.


In the context of tourism, hospitality and leisure, this Special Interest Group aims to generate further knowledge, debate, and ideas on the challenges and opportunities embedded in the human-animal co-existence as well as prompting further research both on the human understanding, storification, and sensorial representation of animals in human societies and on the animal perspective.

Webinar Agenda


Tara Duncan – Dalarna University, Sweden and ATLAS Coordinator


Presenting the SIG’s aim & objectives
Lucia Tomassini & Akke Folmer – NHL Stenden University, the Netherlands and SIG coordinators


Roundtable discussion on ideas and expectations for this novel SIG
Giovanna Bertella – UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Carol Kline – Appalachian State University, North Caroline, USA
Hin Hoarau Heemstra – Nord University, Norway
Meghan Muldoon – University of Groningen – Campus Fryslân, The Netherlands
Rodney Westerlaken – NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands


Open Discussion with the audience about their research activities, interests, ideas, and expectations



Giovanna Bertella

Professor at the School of Business and Economics, UiT – The Artic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway. Her research interests comprehend tourism and hospitality, plant-based food production and consumption, animal justice and wildlife tourism.


Carol Kline

Professor and Programme Director ‘Tourism & Hospitality Management’ at the Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, United States. Her research interests focus broadly on tourism sustainability, but most recently Carol has shifted her research focus to animal ethics in tourism.


Hin Hoarau-Heemstra

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Nord University of Norway, Bodø. Her research interests comprehend tourism innovation studies, posthumanism, animal ethics in tourism, sustainability, and community development.


Meghan Muldoon

Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen – Campus Fryslân, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Her research interests focus on the areas of gender and feminisms, decolonization, and poverty, through the lens of tourism and more-than-human geographies.


Rodney Westerlaken

Senior Lecturer at the Hotel Management School of NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. His research interests comprehend sustainable tourism and altruism, animal rights, and cultural heritage management.





Lucia Tomassini

Senior Research Lecturer at the Hotel Management School of NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. Her research interests comprehend circular economy in tourism, hospitality and leisure, spatial theories, and animal ethics in tourism, hospitality and leisure.


Akke Folmer

Senior Research Lecturer on Sustainable Tourism at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Her research interests comprehend human-animal relationship, nature-based tourism, wildlife tourism, and nudging for pro-environmental behaviours.

More Information

The form to register for the Webinar can be found HERE


More information about the SIG Animals in Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure, including the form to register as a member of the SIG, can be found HERE


More information about the Special Track in June 2024 taking place in Breda, the Netherlands can be found HERE

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