Thursday, 26 May 2011

Call for Papers: Tourism & Travel in the Circumpolar North for "The Northern Review"

From: Deanna McLeod 


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The Northern Review

Exploring human experience in the North



Call for Papers

Special Issue: Tourism and Travel in the Circumpolar North


The last two decades have seen an increased interest and capacity for tourism in the North. "Selling the North" for tourism has meant highlighting its vast space, its pristine wilderness, its exotic northern lifestyles and its Indigenous people. Tourism contributes to a variety of mandates for communities and governments including cultural revitalization and economic diversification and development. However, alongside the many opportunities tourism offers to visitors, to northern people, their communities, and their governments, tourism also presents numerous challenges. Negotiating the positive aspects of tourism with the potential negative impacts has been discussed for at least the last two decades (Butler, 1990), including perspectives specific to peripheral and circumpolar regions (Brown & Hall, 2000; Dawson, Maher, & Slocombe, 2007; Hall & Boyd, 2005; Hall & Saarinen, 2010; Krakover & Gradus, 2002; Müller & Jansson, 2007; Sahlberg, 2001). Notwithstanding the value gained by continued attention aimed at mitigating tourism's negative impacts, arguably the lure of the North and its positive effects on people, as well as tourism's ability to contribute to communities and regions in constructive ways, requires that scholarly attention continue to be paid.


The Northern Review is interested in receiving articles that examine issues and present discussions about tourism and travel in the Circumpolar North, including but not limited to how tourism engages with:


§         Economic, regional, community, and sustainable development

§         Business, entrepreneurial and product development

§         Place-based and other planning approaches

§         Identity (e.g., place making, tourism marketing)

§         Climate change

§         Northern and Indigenous cultures and communities

§         The social economy and creative economies

§         Gender

§         Methodological innovation and experience


Manuscripts received before midnight August 15, 2011 will be considered for publication in Number 36 (Spring 2012). Send submissions or queries to Guest Editor Suzanne de la Barre, PhD care of managing editor, Deanna McLeod, Please visit the website for submission guidelines.


About the Northern ReviewThe journal does not generally include within its mandate the publication of purely scientific studies, unless they are placed in a human context. The journal endeavours to provide solid, North-centred scholarship, engaged with issues of significant concern to the people of Arctic and Subarctic regions. The material included in the journal ranges widely, from issues of social policy and northern politics to questions of Indigenous cultures in transition and the historical experience of newcomers.

Over the past few years, the journal has reached beyond northern Canada to include contributions from Alaska and Europe and from disciplines that have not previously been represented in the pages of the journal. The North has changed dramatically since the Northern Review was founded in 1988, and international and circumpolar dialogue has expanded rapidly. One of the best features of northern scholarship is that it reaches so readily across national and disciplinary boundaries.

Recent back issues of the journal are available online at 



Brown, F. and Hall, D. (Eds.) (2000). Tourism in Peripheral Areas. Clevedon, UK: Channel View Publications.

Butler, R.W. (1990). Alternative Tourism: Pious Hope or Trojan Horse? Journal of Travel Research, 3, 40–45.

Dawson, J., Maher, P.T., & Slocombe, D.S. (2007). Climate Change, Marine Tourism and Sustainability in the Canadian Arctic: Contributions from Systems and Complexity Approaches. Tourism in Marine Environments, 4(2-3), 69–83.

Hall, C.M. and Boyd, S. (2005). Nature-Based Tourism in Peripheral Areas: Development or Disaster? Clevedon, England: Channel View Publications.

Hall, C.M. and Saarinen, J. (Eds.) (2010). Tourism and Change in Polar Regions: Climate, Environment and Experiences. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Krakover, S. and Gradus (2002). Tourism in Frontier Areas. Oxford: Lexington Books.

Müller, D.K. and Jansson, B. (Eds.) (2007). Tourism in Peripheries: Perspectives from the far North and South. Oxfordshire, UK and Cambridge, MA: CAB International.

Sahlberg, B. (2001). Going North: Peripheral Tourism in Canada and Sweden. European Tourism Research Institute, ETOURs rapportserien, R 2001:6. Ostersund, Sweden: Mid-Sweden University.


Deanna McLeod
Managing Editor, The Northern Review
Box 2799, Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5K4
t 867.668.8861    f 867.668.8805

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