ATLAS Africa ONLINE Conference 2024
Tourism after freedom: Democratic Africa
April 26, 2024

The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to March 15th, 2024


Tourism after freedom: Democratic Africa

South Africa celebrates three decades of democracy and freedom in April 2024. Not unlike most other countries on the African continent, this watershed moment for the respective nations introduced new dispensations in a postcolonial environment. Tourism was – both before and after these changes – an integral component of the respective African country’s economies and infrastructures. Since the mid twentieth century when these historical changes began taking place, tourism has been perpetuated as an integral feature of societies of various African destinations.


This ATLAS Africa online conference, to be held on 26 April 2024, calls for papers that reflect on the “then and now”, as well as how travel and tourism as an industry and profession has changed, revived and reinvented itself over the past half century or so across the African continent.


The conference will take place in ZOOM and will be free of charge.

Opening speaker


Prof. Maharaj

Vice Principal Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Education, University of Pretaoria, South Africa

Keynote speaker


Victor Tharage

Director General, Department of Tourism, South Africa



Karen Harris

Karen L. Harris is a full professor and Head of the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria as well as the Director of the University Archives. She holds a PhD in History and is the principal investigator for research projects for the Department of Tourism. She is also an accredited culture tourist guide. Her tourism research interests include innovative methodologies for the teaching of Heritage and Cultural Tourism.


CR Botha

CR Botha is a lecturer in Heritage and Cultural Tourism in the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is also a senior researcher for the Department of Tourism and an accredited culture tourist guide. His research areas include tourist guiding and tourism policy in the global South as well as community tourism.

Conference Themes

The main theme of the conference is:

Tourism after freedom: Democratic Africa

We welcome abstracts in the following areas:

  • The Africanization of tourism
  • African tourism before and after independence
  • Different tourism for different markets?
  • Indigenous communities and tourism throughout Africa
  • Tourists to the continent – who are they?
  • Private, public and grassroots tourism domains
  • Tourist guides and tourist guiding
  • The politics of travel and tourism
  • Government infrastructures and controls
  • Policy, legislation and regulation
  • National Parks, the “Big 5” and Safaris persist?
  • Post-colonial and post-Covid touristic strategies
  • African tourism in comparative perspective
  • Community-based tourism in Africa
  • Virtually touring Africa
  • African events, hospitality and leisure
  • Sustainable and responsible tourism on the continent
  • Africa through a historic travel lens
  • African country specific case studies
  • Tourism in Africa going forward
  • Heritage, culture, gender and the management thereof
  • Whose tourism is it anyway?

Abstract Submission

This one-day conference will be reflecting on the past, present and future of tourism development and promotion within the African continent. It will be inclusive of all five African sub-regions – northern, eastern, southern, central and western Africa – considering the diverse and dynamic nature of the continental tourism domain and its touristic offerings.


All abstracts will be subject to double-blind review by members of the scientific committee. Acceptance of a submission will be based on: theoretical and empirical significance; methodological soundness; relevance to the theme of the conference and logical clarity. The official language of the conference is English. Abstracts should have between 200-250 words. The title should be no more than 12 words. Authors should also indicate which conference topic their proposed paper relates to.


Abstracts should be submitted to ATLAS by using this form.

Important Dates

Abstract submission

February 15th 2024

March 15th 2024

Notification of acceptance March 31st 2024
Conference April 26th 2024


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