NS29 Akureyri 2021

29th Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research
Shaping mobile futures: Challenges and possibilities in precarious times

21-23 September 2021 • Akureyri, Iceland

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Please note! We have decided to extend the registration deadline to 1st of September 2021


Dear conference guests!

We are very excited to welcome you to Akureyri in September 2021. It is certainly about time that we can meet again and discuss matters face to face which the number of abstracts (208) we have received reflects. We cancelled the conference in 2020 due to the pandemic but this year we decided to go for it in-situ, luckily as of early June, the situation looks promising.

We strongly feel that this conference will be an important venue to demonstrate our faith and believe in better times and sensible tourism restart.

We assure you all that the organizing committee is carefully monitoring the pandemic situation, and no chances will be taken if things start turning to the worse in the early fall.

We are really looking forward to meeting you all in September.

Take care and stay safe!

On behalf of the organizing committee

Eyrún, Guðrún Þóra, Gunnar Þór, Katrín Anna and Ingibjörg


Registration is now open!


Conference theme: 

Shaping mobile futures: Challenges and possibilities in precarious times

We live in a precarious time. Global climate change is increasingly disturbing species and habitats of which the COVID-19 pandemic perhaps is a speaking and disturbing example. Awareness is growing that the usual order of things does not hold for the future. Everyday discourse directs attention towards global risks and crisis, such as climate change, pandemics and mass migration. At the same time hopes regarding economic growth and competitiveness hinge on technological innovations and smart solutions. - This raises questions about the competences and skills necessary for building decent conditions for life. 

The concept of the Anthropocene underlines that humans have become geo-social force, which eliminates the traditional divide between nature and culture as usually defined forcing us to recognize ourselves as humble inhabitants of the Earth. The Earth can no longer be framed as a passive resource for human exploitation. Rather it needs to be acknowledged as an agent in its own right that we live with, not on or above. This demands new political and organisational configurations. 

In this context, tourism mobilities hold a somewhat contradictory position. They can be seen as iconic for ever more intensified and unsustainable consumption while at the same time proclaimed to be a driver for sustainable growth. Tourism is blamed for depletion of resources, environmental degradation, CO2 emissions, cultural commodification, and labour and social inequality. Furthermore, in the light of recent events the COVID 19 has highlighted their vulnerability. However, tourism mobilites are seen as a tool for replacing resource-depleting economies and re-establishing force for post-COVID future. 

  • Is there a way out of the vicious circle of irresponsible production and consumption towards more sustainable futures for tourism?
  • Can tourism live up to its expectations and become something other than part of the problem and, if so, how?
  • What sort of tools and methods are needed to plan for and manage tourism sustainably in a changing world? 


Please remember to register before the deadline, 1st September 2021

For information about the conference fee, click here.

If any questions arise, please contact Ása Marta Sveinsdóttir [asamarta@rmf.is] or Eyrún Jenný Bjarnadóttir [ejb@rmf.is] 

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