The Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences will
hold the 2020 academic symposium as follows. We would like to invite you to
join us. The presentations and discussions will be in English.
Resilient Islands and Revitalized Communities
November 28, 2020 (Sat)
11:50-17:30 Japan Standard Time (JST), (GMT+9)
to participate: In-person
or zoom. (see below for the information on how to apply)
IV. Venue: Hiroshima University Central Library Hall
(1-2-2 Kagamiyama, Higashihiroshima City)
Carolin Funck, Rie Usui (Hiroshima
University, Japan), Alan
A. Lew (Northern Arizona University,
USA), Joseph M. Cheer (Wakayama University）
of the symposium:
This symposium examines the relationship
between tourism and the resilience and revitalization of island environments
and island communities.
command a strong position in tourism due to their special environmental and
cultural appeal. However, they are also vulnerable due to their isolation from
large continental resources and connections. When global and regional economies
and social conditions are healthy, tourism tends to be strong and supportive of
island-based tourism economies. Under such conditions, island communities may
feel a sense of revitalization and strong resilience. But when regional and
global conditions are weak, for whatever reason, island tourism economies will
often be among the first to suffer, thereby coming to realize their resilience
challenges as they seek revitalization.
The COVID-19 pandemic has, in many ways, made
the entire planet earth an island of shared challenges. How the planet responds
to, and recovers from, this crisis has lessons for how smaller island
environments and communities can better manage their limitations and
opportunities. This symposium will draw upon examples from Japan and other
Asian countries to examine how island tourism and tourism communities have been
affected by, responded to, and ultimately been transformed by significant
changes – global ones such as the COVID-19 pandemic or local and regional
The symposium will contribute to the
understanding of the multiple links between tourism and islands - how tourism
on small islands might adjust to unfolding crises, how tourism can act as a
tool for revitalizing small island communities and how small islands should
adjust to changing tourism and travel dynamics.
VIII. Schedule of the program:
Introduction 11:50-12:00 Dr. Carolin Funck (Hiroshima
Presentation- First session
12:00-12:30 Dr. David Nguyen (National Research
Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED), Japan; Tohoku
University, Japan): Ogasawara Islands: Sustainability versus Resiliency
12:30-13:00 Dr. Chin-Cheng Ni (National
Tsinghua University, Taiwan): Impact and Resilience of Island Tourism under
COVID19 —Lesson Learned from Taiwan Island
13:00-13:30 Dr. Shenglin Chang (National Taiwan
University, Taiwan): Could Blockchain technology transform the Lanyu Island
tourist industry into resilience for the Tao culture and society?
Dr. Rie Usui (Hiroshima University, Japan): Island tourism resilience in the
case of wildlife tourism destinations
for the first session
14:00-14:10 Dr. Alan A. Lew (Northern Arizona University, USA)
Presentation- Second session
Andrew McCormick (Hiroshima University, Japan) and Meng Qu (Hiroshima
University, Japan): Community resourcefulness under pandemic pressure: Japan's
island tourism entrepreneurs
Yao Ji (Keio University, Japan): Community resiliency in times of crisis: The
case of Kamijima
15:30-16:00 Dr. Macia Blazquez Salom
(University of the Balearic Islands, Spain): How resilient are insular
mono-functional tourism territories? Analysis of the Balearic Islands, Spain
16:00-16:30 Dr. Stroma Cole (University of the
West of England, British): Island Tourism and Covid-19: A gender perspective.
for the second session 16:30-16:40
Dr. Joseph M. Cheer (Wakayama University, Japan)
16:40-17:20 (40 mins)
Closing Remark 17:20-17:30 Dr. Carolin Funck (Hiroshima
IX. How to apply: If you would like to participate, please copy
and paste the following application format, and send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences). Mail
title: “Tourism Symposium Nov. 28”. Participants must apply in advance. You
will receive a confirmation email after applying.
X. Application format
-------------------------------- Copy and paste
the following into the body of the email
I request to participate in the symposium of Japanese
Society for Geographical Sciences on November 28th, 2020.
preferred participation option: in-person
or zoom (Please select one by deleting the other)
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application deadline is at the end of October.
send one application per person.
maximum number of participants for zoom is 300 including the presenters. We
accept on a first-come, first-served basis.
restrict the participants who wish to come to the venue exclusively to those
who live in Hiroshima prefecture or Chūgoku region.
reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection, we will limit the number of in-person participants
to about 50 at the venue, which is half the maximum capacity.
·Depending on the COVID-19 situation
and the emergency level of the university, we might switch to Zoom entirely.
Slots for in-person participants will be reserved for zoom participation.
XII. Contact address