Bridging cultures through travel

From theory to practice
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Wednesday 14 Jun 2023, 09:00 - Thursday 15 Jun 2023, 17:00

Erasmus University Rotterdam, Woudestein campus

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Haseeb Jamil

How can travel encourage cultural sensitivity? In a post-pandemic world, travel and tourism have been regaining popularity. With this regained popularity comes a renewed pressure on local hosts and sites because of increasing visiting number. Can cultural sensitivity be a tool to mitigate tensions between hosts and visitors?

For the last two years, the CultSense project (CultSense - Sensitising Young Travelers for Local cultures) has focused on addressing this question. In this conference, a joint effort between CultSense and the ATLAS Special Interest Group on Cultural Tourism, we will further explore ways to bridge cultures via travel. Can cultural sensitivity be a competence that (tourism) education can work with? How can travel impact students and visitors' knowledge and skills? In which ways can touristic experiences function as a means to bridge cultures? We are also interested in exploring how (local) cultural and artistic expressions contribute to, and benefit from culturally sensitive practices. 

Please find the conference poster below.

Video competition

Students were able to submit videos on the topics of cultural sensitivity and travelling; student experiences and (intercultural) tourism education; and bridging cultures. The winner of the video competition will be revealed on 15 June. 

Student workshop

During the conference, you can follow the workshop "Co-creating for cultural sensitivity". During this workshop, you will interview delegates and film snippets of the conference in order to co-create a video. The final video will be shown at the end of the conference.

More information on the workshop can be found here.

Practical information

When: 14-15 June 2023.
Where: Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Deadline submission of papers: 15 February 2023.
Registration open from: October 2022, in the ATLAS website.

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More information

For more information, visit the website of CultSense.

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