Pilgrimage and Sacred Places in Central and Eastern Europe:
Place, Politics and Religious Tourism
University of Zadar, Croatia
27-30 September 2012
John Eade (University College London and University of Roehampton),
Mario Katic (University of Zadar, Department of Ethnology and Cultural
Anthropology), Božena Krce Miocic (University of Zadar, Department of
Tourism and Communication Sciences) and Tomislav Klarin (University of
Zadar, Department of Tourism and Communication Sciences)
Call for Papers
With the global expansion of travel and tourism more and more people are
engaged in what can be broadly described as religious tourism.
According to the UNWTO, for example, in 2008 300 million tourists
claimed that their trips were motivated in one way or another by
religion. Pilgrimage plays a key role in such religious tourism and it
is now attracting the attention of a wide variety of experts, e.g.
religious leaders, those involved in the travel and tourism industry and
academic researchers. Theoretical debates are moving beyond earlier
communitas and contestation models and a more global reach is emerging
as researchers explore beyond W. Europe and the Americas, examine the
increasing religious diversity caused by global migration and
investigate the intimate, historic links between pilgrimage, sacred
places, politics and tourism. In this conference we want to contribute
to this widening focus by bringing together academics from different
disciplines and travel and tourism professionals to explore pilgrimage
across Eastern Europe broadly conceived as extending beyond W. Europe.
In this way we seek to look at different religious traditions, e.g.
Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim, and territorial ties (local, national,
We invite papers which will explore:
• Construction and deconstruction of sacred places
• Embodied spaces and body as a mediator
• Pilgrimage as a form of religious tourism
• Relationship between travel and tourism industry
• Pilgrimage and territorial boundaries
• Politics and Pilgrimage in the past and today
• Pilgrimage in memories and narratives
• Tourist ab/use of pilgrimage and sacred places
• Tourist perspectives on the pilgrimage journey
• Secular pilgrimage and tourism
• The realm of pilgrimage / tourism experience
Josef Langer, University of Klagenfurt
Glenn Bowman, University of Kent
John Eade, University College London/University of Roehampton
Josef Langer (University of Klagenfurt), Glenn Bowman (University of Kent), John Eade (University
College London/University of Roehampton), Jurica Pavicic (Faculty of Economics and Business,
University of Zagreb), Nikša Alfirevic (Faculty of Economics, University of Split), Marijana Belaj
(Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb), Božena Krce Miocic (Department
of Tourism and Communication Sciences, University of Zadar), Mario Katic (Department of
Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zadar).
Abstracts (up to 350-words in Word doc.), with contact details and affiliation, should be sent to the
conference E-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org
), or to Božena Krce Miocic (email@example.com) or Mario Katic (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1th May 2012.
You will be informed about acceptance or non-acceptance of your proposal by 15th May 2012.
Conference participation fees
Participation fee is ? 50
The participation fee includes all symposium proceedings, daytime
refreshments, excursions to the Croatian royal city and a pilgrimage
place of Nin, and tourist guidance through Zadar.
Accommodation and website
Accommodation is not included in the conference fee. Further information
about travel, accommodation and conference program will be available on
the conference website: www.pilgrimageandsacred.info
We look forward to seeing you in Zadar in September 2012!