ICOT 2012 – Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

*Confirmed keynote speakers

Professor John Urry

Keynote address: ‘Rethinking the Tourist Gaze’

John Urry is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University. He was educated at Cambridge, with a BA/MA in Economics and a PhD in Sociology. He has since worked at Lancaster University where he has been Head of Dept, Founding Dean of the Social Sciences Faculty and University Dean of Research. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Founding Academician, UK Academy of Social Sciences, Member (1992) and Chair RAE Panels (1996, 2001), and has an Honorary Doctorate from Roskilde University. He has received recent research funding from DTI Foresight Programme, Dept for Transport, EPSRC, ESRC, and the ForestryCommission. He has published c40 books and special issues. His work is translated into 18 languages, and he has lectured in c30 countries. His is currently Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster that has extensive links throughout the world relating to the study of physical movement and its interconnections with the ‘virtual’ and the ‘imaginative’ (see http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/centres/cemore/). Some recent books include Automobilities, Sage (2005), Mobile Technologies of the City, Routledge (2006), Mobilities, Networks, Geographies, Ashgate (2006), Mobilities, Polity (2007), Aeromobilities, Routledge (2009), After the Car, Polity (2009), Mobile Lives, Routledge (2010), Mobile Methods, Routledge (2011), Climate Change and Society, Polity (2011), The Tourist Gaze 3.0, Sage (2011).

More info can be found at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/sociology/profiles/John-Urry

Noga Collins-Kreiner

Noga Collins-Kreiner is a Senior Lecturer (PhD), in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel and a member of the Center for Tourism, Pilgrimage & Recreation Research at the University of Haifa, Israel. Her main research interests are: Religious Tourism, Pilgrimage and Tourism Development and Management. She is a consultant for the development plan of the region of the Sea of Galilee and currently involved in a multiple projects, such as: “Religious Tourism and Politics in Israel” and “Planning Tourism at the Hula Lake”. She is also a resource editor of the “Annals of Tourism Research” and has published many papers on the topic of tourism, and especially religious tourism and pilgrimage, including a book named: Christian Tourism to the Holy Land: Pilgrimage during Security Crisis (2006). Hampshire: Ashgate Publications.
More info can be found at http://geo.haifa.ac.il/~nogack/.