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Research Status Quo, Practical Applications and Development Perspectives

25th - 27th OCTOBER, 2018 – POZNAŃ, POLAND



This conference will be the 8th edition of the conferences on the subject of “Tourism in Humanistic Perspective”, organized every two years in Poznan (Poland).

The conference is aimed at foreign researchers of cultural tourism as well as Polish scholarly community who have been interested in the interdisciplinary and methodical approach to the issue of cultural tourism. We would also like to invite representatives of the tourist industry, the practitioners, who are involved in organizing and developing various forms of cultural tourism.

The conference will take place from 25th to 27th October 2018 in Poznan, Poland.

The conference program includes plenary sessions, presentations in sections and accompanying program (including cultural excursions).

The official languages of the conference are English and Polish.

The conference is held under the Honoured Patronage of The Marshal of the Wielkopolska Region, The Mayor of Poznań, and The Rector of Poznan University of Physical Education.

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Program assumptions and conference aims

This year the principal aim of the conference is to confront the theoretical reflections upon cultural tourism, targeted at explaining the world of tourist life, with meaningfulness implementation processes.

We are expecting presentations and papers diagnosing the tourist reality, surpassing stereotypes and common schemes in assessing the world of cultural tourism, both in the perspective of social sciences (social communication, sociology, science of management) and in the perspective of humanistic sciences (cultural anthropology, philosophy, history, cultural studies); works explaining cultural behaviors and enabling us to understand their distinctness. The interdisciplinary reflection on globalization, with its currently dominating consumerism, can combine the two research perspectives.


Thematic scope of the conference

Opportunities created by travelling for tourists to encounter other cultures, religions, customs, etc. face to face bring about questions whether people who have different views of the world and systems of values can coexist and cooperate, and whether they can make sensible choices in the diversified world of socio-cultural values.

In making the diagnosis and determining the developmental perspective for cultural tourism, as well as answering the questions triggering the need for cultural “growth” of tourists, we suggest to refer to the following research issues in the sent papers:

• Cultural tourism in the world – resources, forms of organization, final products, and the main "actors".
• Hybrid schemes in cultural tourism as a modern challenge for explorative and social experiences.
• Breaking the cultural and stereotypical barriers in cultural tourism.
• Cultural tourism in the process of cross-cultural understanding


The conference will take place at: Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego im. E. Piaseckiego - AWF (Poznan University of Physical Education), new didactic building

Address: 27/39 Królowej Jadwigi Street


25th October (THURSDAY)

9.00-10.00 REGISTRATION (hall, level -1)

10.00-10.30 CONFERENCE OPENING AND INTRODUCTION (room 025/26, level -1)


Panel hosts: Prof. Zygmunt Kruczek, PhD and Prof. Marek Kazimierczak, PhD

1.    Prof. Melanie Kay Smith, PhD, Metropolitan University in Budapest, Hungary

The Impacts of Cultural Tourism over Time: From Niche Phenomenon to Overtourism

2.   Prof. Marek Nowacki, PhD, WSB Universities in Poznań, Poland

Research on cultural tourism in the world: a critical review of publications from 2008 to 2018


11.40-12.10  COFFEE BREAK


3.    Prof. Karolina Buczkowska-Gołąbek, PhD, Poznań University of Physical Education / „Cultural Tourism” Scientific Journal and Prof. Armin Mikos von Rohrscheidt, PhD, „Cultural Tourism” Scientific Journal, Poznań, Poland

Ten years of cultural tourism in Poland. Successes and failures

4.    Prof. Krzysztof Kasprzak, PhD, Poznań Univeristy of Life Sciences, Poland

Theory and practice of cultural tourism. The state of research, practical applications and development perspectives in the pages of "Cultural Tourism" Scientific Journal in 2008-2018


13.15-14.15  LUNCH

14.15-16.00 PANEL SESSIONS:

PANEL SESSION 1:  IN ENGLISH (15 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for questions)

Panel host: Prof. Marek Nowacki, PhD

1.    14.15-14.35 Prof. Przemysław Charzyński, Phd and Mikołaj Linowski, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland

Students of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń as Participants of Cultural Tourism

2.    14.35-14.55 Prof. Claudia Maria Astorino, PhD, UFSCar - São Carlos Federal University, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Let’s Have Coffee: Reflections upon Buenos Aires Cafes and Their Tourist Appeal

3.    14.55-15.15 Dr. Magdalena Banaszkiewicz, Prof. Zygmunt Kruczek, PhD and Ms Anna Duda, Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland

Tourist Experience in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

4.    15.15-15.35 Dr. Olga Matos,  the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo and Lab2pt of the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Profile of Creative Tourist in North-Western of Portugal: an Exploratory Approach to Creative Experiences

5.    15.35-15.55 Dr. Michał Koskowski, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

From Facts to Emotions. Cultural Tourism and the Web 5.0 Technology


16.00-16.15  COFFEE BREAK


20.00 DINNER


26th October  (FRIDAY)

9.00-10.130 PLENARY LECTURES III (room 025/26, level -1)

Panel hosts: Prof. Karolina Buczkowska-Gołąbek, PhD and Prof. Armin Mikos von Rohrscheidt, PhD

1.    Prof. Hilary du Cros, University of New Brunswick in Canada and University of Technology in Sydney, Australia

Emerging Trends in Sustainable Cultural Tourism

2.    Prof. Andrzej Kowalczyk, Warsaw University, Poland

The use of cartography and geovisualisation methods in cultural tourism

3. Prof. Piotr Zmyślony, Poznań, PhD, University of Economics and Business, Poland

The economy of the night: a threat or support for the development of cultural offer?

10.30-11.00  COFFEE BREAK


11.00-11.20 Prof. Marek Kazimierczak, PhD, Poznań University of Physical Education, Poland

The ethical dimension of intercultural understanding in tourism

11.20-13.00 Panel discussion with invited guests

Panel host: Dr. Piotr Kociszewski

13.00-14.00 LUNCH

14.00-16.00 PANEL SESSIONS:

PANEL SESSION 1:  IN ENGLISH (15 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for questions)

Panel host: Prof. Melanie Kay Smith, PhD

1.    14.00-14.20 Prof. Claudia Maria Astorino, PhD, UFSCar - São Carlos Federal University, Sorocaba, Brazil 

“The Sound of Music” and of Film-Induced Tourism in Salzburg, Austria  

2.    14.20-14.40 Ms Susan Mwebaza, Mr. Julius Jjuuko, Ms. Provia Kesande, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda    

Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage: Conflicts and Challenges in Developing Countries like Uganda                    

3.    14.40-15.00 Dr. Ewa Malchrowicz-Mośko, Poznań University of Physical Education, Poland and Mr Mateusz Rozmiarek, Kraków University of Physical Education, Poland

Poland Heritage Sport Tourism                               

4.    15.00-15.20 Dr. Derrek Eberts, Rodrigo Espinoza Sanchez, Brandon University in Canada

Cultural Heritage and Tourism in Mexico’s “Pueblos Mágicos”

5.    15.20-15.40 Prof. Rafał Prinke, PhD, Poznań University of Physical Education, Poland

Journeymen and Lodges: The Hidden Culture of Freemasonry in the World of Tourism



16.00-16.15  COFFEE BREAK




Keynote speakers

International guest speakers:

Hilary du Cros

Hilary du CrosProfessor Hilary du Cros is currently an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and a Research Associate at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has taught and worked in the Asia Pacific region over the last 34 years and conducted projects for the United Nations World Tourism Organization and UNESCO. These projects include a number in China (Yunnan, Guangdong and Guizhou), India, Hong Kong and Macau. She has an interdisciplinary perspective on cultural heritage management, marketing and sustainable tourism development. She has been an international member of ICOMOS since 1988 and an expert member of the ICOMOS Cultural Tourism Committee since 1999. Her latest books are Cultural Tourism (2015) co-authored with Bob McKercher and The Arts and Events (2014) with Lee Jolliffe.



Melanie Kay Smith

Melanie Smith MTA photoDr Melanie Kay Smith is an Associate Professor at Budapest Metropolitan University and a Researcher at the Institute for Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary. She is also a part-time Associate Professor at University of Tartu Pärnu College, Estonia. She has been a higher education academic for almost twenty years and has more than 80 publications in the fields of cultural and creative tourism, urban regeneration, health tourism and wellbeing. Her PhD research focused on the cultural regeneration of cities. She was Chair of ATLAS for seven years and has extensive experience of lecturing, as well as giving invited Keynote presentations in several countries. Her current research focuses on ‘overtourism’ and tourist/resident conflicts in cultural cities.



Keynote speakers from Poland:
Prof. Andrzej Kowalczyk
Dr Marek Kazimierczak, Associate Professor
Dr Krzysztof Kasprzak, Associate Professor
Dr Piotr Zmyślony, Associate Professor
Dr Armin Mikos v. Rohrscheidt, Associate Professor
Dr Karolina Buczkowska-Gołąbek, Assistant Professor


Abstract submission

Abstracts (in English) should be submitted before June 17th 2018.

Abstracts should indicate background, theoretical/practical implications, methods and/or data sources and indicative findings of the paper. Abstracts should have between 350-500 words. The title should be no more than 12 words.

All abstracts will be subject to double-blind review by members of the scientific committee.

The topics of the submitted presentations will be assessed by the Conference Scientific Committee on the basis of the abstracts. The notifications of topic acceptance will be sent to the authors by e-mail within two weeks of submitting them to the system on the conference website: [link]


Important dates

Registration form submission   - June 17th, 2018
Abstract submission   - June 17th, 2018
Notification of acceptance   - up to two weeks after the abstract submission
Conference fee payment deadline  

- May 31st, 2018 (for guests already registered)

- June 30th, 2018 (while registrating till 17 June)

Complete paper submission   - September 30th, 2018
Conference   - October 25-27th, 2018
Planned date of publication   - end of December 2018



Publication details

The articles in English will be published in the scientific journal „Turystyka Kulturowa” - „Cultural Tourism” (www.turystykakulturowa.org) provided they receive two positive “blind reviews”.

Participants are welcome to submit their full papers BEFORE the conference. The full paper submission date is the 30th September 2018.

Basic information on how to prepare and attach/publish texts can be found on the Journal’s website in the bookmark: About the Journal – Policies, and Submissions (http://turystykakulturowa.org/). Detailed instructions will be sent to the authors later on.


Conference committees

International Scientific Committee 
  • Prof. Hilary du Cros (the University of New Brunswick, Canada and the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)
  • Dr Melanie Kay Smith, Associate Professor (Budapest Metropolitan University, Hungary; Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, and University of Tartu Pärnu College, Estonia)
  • Dr Rami Isaak, Assistant Professor (the Academy for Tourism at the NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands, and Bethlehem University, Palestine)
  • Dr Marek Kazimierczak, Associate Professor (AWF Poznań, Poland) – chair of the Scientific Committee
  • Dr Armin Mikos v. Rohrscheidt, Associate Professor („Turystyka Kulturowa” - „Cultural Tourism” / Gnieźnieńska Szkoła Wyższa Milenium – Gniezno Millennium College , Poland) – chair of the Editorial Board
  • Prof. Andrzej Kowalczyk (Warsaw Univeristy, Poland)
  • Prof. Jerzy Kosiewicz (AWF Warszaw, Poland)
  • Prof. Wojciech Cynarski (Rzeszów Uniwersity)
  • Dr Dariusz Dąbrowski, Associate Professor (Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland)
  • Dr Krzysztof Kasprzak, Associate Professor (emeritus, Poland)
  • Dr Zygmunt Kruczek, Associate Professor (AWF Cracow, Poland)
  • Dr Marek Nowacki, Associate Professor (WSB Univeristies, Poland)
  • Dr Piotr Zmyślony, Associate Professor (Poznan University of Economics and Bussiness, Poland)
  • Dr Karolina Buczkowska-Gołąbek, Assistant Professor (AWF Poznan, Poland / „Turystyka Kulturowa” - „Cultural Tourism”)

Organizing committee
  • Chair: Dr Karolina Buczkowska-Gołąbek, Assistant Professor – Chair of Humanist Foundations of Tourism and Recreation, Faculty of Tourism and Recreation, AWF Poznań – Poland
  • Vice-Chair: Dr Tomasz Sahaj, Assistant Professor – Chair of Humanist Foundations of Tourism and Recreation, Faculty of Tourism and Recreation, AWF Poznań – Poland
  • Employees of the Chair of Humanist Foundations of Tourism and Recreation, AWF Poznań – Poland (dr Ewa Malchrowicz-Mośko, dr Joanna Poczta, dr Izabela Wyszowska, Jolanta Żeligowska)
  • Representatives of the co-organizing institutions and partner



Provisional programme

1. The Conference begins on Thursday 25th October 2018 at 10.00 and finishes on Friday 26th October 2018 at 18.00. On Saturday 27th October 2018 those who have made the appropriate choice at the registration, will take part in the study tour of the Piast Trail.
2. The conference program will include plenary sessions, discussions, presentations in sections, workshops and accompanying program.
3. The outline of the Conference program will be published on the Conference website in June 2018.


Optional study tour on Piast Tourist Trail (Szlak Piastowski) on 27th October 2018

Important information about the Trail:

The Piast Tourist Trail is the oldest and most recognizable tourist trail in Poland. It is located in the area of Wielkopolska (Greater Poland), a part of Kujawy and Pałuki.
The Piast Tourist Trail connects the most important objects and monuments related to the origins of the Polish State. The term “the Piast Tourist Trail” as a tourist trail was first used in 1938. The reason to create such a tourist trail was the historical knowledge as well as the awareness that those lands comprised the origins of the Polish State. The area surrounding Gniezno was the place were the first Piasts commenced to build their domain and as a consequence a state was established.

Apart from the monuments which date back to the Piast times there are both older ones as well as younger ones dating back to subsequent historical periods. All the presented monuments prove that the Polish State is not historically abandoned and uncultivated area. People were active here by carving the background long before the Piasts came on this area. Moreover their legacy repossessed by successors develops until present times.

Details of the tour organized by Piast Tourist Trail Organization for the conference participants:

Morning departure from Poznań. Arrival at Dziekanowice and sightseeing the Museum of the First Piasts in Lednica – one of the probable places of Mieszko I baptism. On the way there will be a stopover at Pobiedziska where you will be participating in a show shooting from a medieval trebuchet. Next is a vista at Gniezno and sightseeing the Museum of the Origins of the Polish State. After lunch, you will visit Gniezno Cathedral and see the famous Gniezno Doors depicting the life of Saint Adalbert. The Gniezno visit will be fictionalized as your guide will be dressed in a historic attire. The guide will be accompanying you during your visit at the Franciscan monastery where will have an opportunity to see the undergrounds which are unavailable for regular tourists. Next is the afternoon sightseeing of the historic Roman buildings in Strzelno – Saint Prokop rotunda and the famous columns of iniquities and virtues. Return to Poznań at around 7.00 p.m.

The price includes:
-    luxury coach transport
-    board: lunch (excluding beverages)
-    sightseeing per itinerary
-    assistance of a tour leader and guides
-    museum entrance fees
-    insurance (accident casualty insurance 5000 PLN, insurance in the event of death 3000 PLN)

Final remarks:
-    the order of sightseeing may be altered
-    the organizers reserve the right to change the itinerary for reasons beyond their control, such as the change of tourist offer for 2018
-    due to organizational reasons the sightseeing will be carried out in groups

You can register for the tour while choosing the conference package. 


Conference package and fees

Conference package includes:
- access to all conference sessions on 25th and 26th October,
- conference materials,
- refreshments,
- 2 lunches – on 25th and 26th October,
- conference gala dinner on 25th October,
- city tour,
- paper publication in English in the journal “Turystyka Kulturowa” - “Cultural Tourism” (the submitted text must be in proper English, checked by a translator/native speaker – regards those who are not native speakers of English)

There are two fee options:
Regular fee (before 1st July 2018): 195 euro
Late fee (on and after 1st July 2018): 215 euro

Bonus conference offer for all participants: Study tour on 27th October along the Piast Tourist Trail (information above) cost: 50 euro per person.

Conference bank account details (all conference payments to be made into this account by bank transfer with the information: Cultural Tourism + name of the conference participant):

IBAN: PL20 1020 4027 0000 1202 1438 9631



Cancellation policy

If written cancellation is received on or before September 30st, 2018, a refund of all meeting fees will be made, minus an administration fee of €50. No refund will be possible after September 30st, 2018, but substitute delegates can be nominated.



Conference venue: city of Poznań

The conference will take place at:

Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego im. E. Piaseckiego - AWF (Poznan University of Physical Education)
27/39 Królowej Jadwigi Street

More information about conference venue on: http://awf.poznan.pl/en
You can get to the university by trams no. 5, 6, 12, 18, 29 or buses no. 74, 76 (tram/bus stop: AWF)
Tourist information about Poznan can be found in English on: http://www.plot.poznan.pl/


Conference organisers

The conference is organized by the Chair of Humanistic Foundations of Tourism and Recreation in the Faculty of Tourism and Recreation at Poznan University of Physical Education in Poznan (AWF) and by the scientific journal Cultural Tourism (Turystyka Kulturowa) based in Poznan.

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The Government of the Wielkopolska Region is conference co-organiser.

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The partners are: Poznań Local Tourist Organization (PLOT), the Wielkopolska Tourist Organisation (WOT), City Tour and Event Agency - City Event Poznań, and Polish Food Tourism Association (PSTK).

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Hotels can be recommended on request.
You can find also information in English on: http://www.plot.poznan.pl/


Arriving to Poznan

Arriving by plane
Poznań Ławica Airport offers a number of traditional and low cost flights to major European airports.
The list of destinations and other information can be found on the airport website: www.airport-poznan.com.pl/en
The airport is located 7 km outside the city centre. It is well-connected with the city centre by public transport. There are bus stops right in front of the passenger terminal and in its close vicinity. To get to the city take a city bus line 59 and express line L which runs between the airport, city centre and the railway station. After 11 p.m. you can take a night bus (line 242).
You can also get from the airport to the centre by a taxi. Right in front of T3 terminal (arrival hall) you may find a 24/7 taxi stand.

Arriving by train
Poznań Main Railway Station is located within 15 minute walk from the University, near the city centre.
The train journey from Berlin to Poznań takes only 3 hours and the journey from Warsaw to Poznań 3,5 hours. Poznan Railway is also well-communicated with other cities in Poznan.
All trains coming to Poznań stop at the Main Railway Station (Poznań Główny).
Train timetable in English is available at: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/en

Arriving by car
You can get to Poznań by car on A2 toll motorway, national routes no. 92 and 5 (east-west) and no. 11 (north-south). In the city centre you have to pay for the parking at the parking machine and display the ticket behind the windshield. The Parking Zone is marked with road signs.



Certificates of the conference participation

Each participant will receive a certificate of the conference participation..



• Contact - Please contact: e-mail
• Conference website: www.awf.poznan.pl/cultural-tourism
• Registration form - Submit THIS FORM to register for the conference.
• Abstract submission form - Send THIS FORM to submit your abstract for the conference.

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