SpIRE Spirituality Institute

[9 March 2018] Pilgrimage and the Evolution of Spiritual Tourism

Spiritual Tourism Conference Logo In an exciting new collaboration the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education (SpIRE) in Dublin and the Department of Languages, Tourism, and Hospitality at the School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) are organising a conference on Pilgrimage and the Evolution of Spiritual Tourism. The conference will be designed in a spirit of international cooperation and collegiality in the interdisciplinary field of the study of spirituality and tourism. The event will take place in WIT, Waterford, a modern cosmopolitan city steeped in history, heritage and culture with a unique Viking quarter, on Friday, 9th March 2018, from 10.00-16.15 in the .Tourism and Leisure Education Building, Cork Rd Campus, WIT, Waterford.

Keynote speakers: Dr Dee Dyas, Centre for Pilgrimage Studies Director, York University and Principal Investigator, AHRC ‘Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals, Past and Present’ project; Dr Stefano Dominioni, Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, Luxembourg, who oversees the certification by the Council of Europe of cultural routes in the field of European heritage; John G O’Dwyer, author of Pilgrim Paths in Ireland: From Slieve Mish to Skellig Michael (Collins Press, 2017).

  • How is the notion of pilgrimage prompting us to reconceptualise our understanding of spiritual tourism?
  • How will integrating the current interest in pilgrimage into tourism initiatives challenge and re-invent current practice?
  • What new research and practice frontiers lie ahead as we contemplate the next decade of pilgrimage tourism?

You are warmly invited to participate in this conference and to submit a paper or poster for consideration. To receive the conference flyer, the call for papers, and the abstract submission form, please contact Noel at nkeating@eircom.net, or Bernadette at dettemasterson@gmail.com

You are kindly requested to bring the conference to the attention of other interested parties at your institution or organisation. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 17th November 2017 so early distribution of this email will be appreciated.

There will also be an optional gathering the day before the conference to walk medieval Waterford and to share a meal and music. The walk will start at 4pm in the undercroft of the Medieval Museum, Cathedral Square.

To book and prepay for one or both events, see https://goo.gl/X84JSH

Organising Committee: Dr Bernadette Flanagan, Dr Michael O’Sullivan, Ray Cullen, Dr Patrick Lynch, Dr Michael Howlett, Dr Bernadette Masterson, and Dr Noel Keating