NS29 Akureyri 2021

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

21-23 September 2021

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17th of September 2021


How to participate in a Zoom session

  • Zoom links will be sent to all registered participants next Monday, 20th of September.  You will be able to access any session of your choice by following the zoom links presented in that document.
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Before the conference

  • Join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom and check your system.
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27th of August 2021

Registration for the e-conference is now open!


Dear conference guests!

Registration for the e-conference is now open.

The new registration fee is:
General registration: 21.000.- ISK
Student registration: 8.000.- ISK
Student registration + PhD seminar: 10.000.- ISK

The registration deadline has been extended to the 8th of September 2021. Please follow the Registration button here above to register. 


We look forward to see you all online!



19th of August 2021


Transforming NS29 to an e-conference altogether!


Dear conference guests!

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 situation has become worse in Iceland as in many other countries. Due to that fact, the conference committee has decided to transform the conference to an e-conference altogether. It was not an easy decision to make as we were all very excited to meet and greet you here in Iceland.

Please note that we need some time to work on the practicalities, but we will inform you all as soon as we can.

Until then take good care of yourself and lets all come together to make this an interesting and vibrant conference in the virtual world.



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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