Call for Papers

The Wangkiny Coolamon: Research Gathering is being held on 6 April 2020 in Perth, Western Australia, as a component of the World Indigenous Tourism Summit 2020.

WITS 2020 theme Indigenous Earth Wisdom carries a promise of collaboration, fellowship and the sharing of strong commitment to improving the well-being of Indigenous societies and sacred Mother Earth.  The  Organising Committee invites the submission of abstracts for the Research Gathering. We encourage grass roots community presentations from the lived experiences and perceptions of the Indigenous worldview and we welcome original research work.

Theme, Subthemes and Topics of Interest:

The theme of Wangkiny Coolamon: Research Gathering is Koora Yey Kalyakoorl - Past, Present, Forever.

The sub themes are:

  • Session 1 – The Past: Learnings of Indigenous Knowledges in caring for Mother Earth and community
  • Session 2 – The Present: Dual Worlds of Knowledge in tourism, community and caring for Mother Earth
  • Session 3 – The Future and Forever: The journey ahead for tourism, community and caring for Mother Earth. 

The intersection of Indigenous tourism and the following are topics of interest:

  • Climate change, biodiversity and conservation
  • 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Authenticity and integrity in tourism
  • Caring for community, culture and Mother Earth
  • Cultural security
  • Cultural and intellectual property
  • Land rights
  • Tourism as an alternative land use to extractive industries
  • Innovation, entrepreneurship, technology and the digital age
  • Human rights and social justice
  • Research ethics and good practice in research design
  • Native title and prescribed body corporates
  • Business, employment and training
  • Co-management approaches in protected areas
  • Arts, dance and song-connecting to country
  • Identity, heritage, culture and language
  • Role and place of educational institutions
  • Indigenous cuisine
  • Role of Elders, traditional owners and custodians
  • Ownership, governance and control
  • Quality collaboration and partnerships in Indigenous tourism
  • Translation of research and outputs for community
  • Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • History, lore and cultural protocols
  • Empowering Indigenous communities
  • The role of and the impact on Indigenous families, women, youth and community
  • The changing spaces of Indigenous tourism
  • What is Indigenous tourism
  • Challenges, solutions and the way forward
  • Overtourism and undertourism issues in Indigenous tourism
  • Government policies and practices and their impact on Indigenous tourism


Academic Research Abstracts &  Community Project Summaries

For academic researchers, abstracts are invited with a word limit of 500 (excluding references). Submissions must be original and have not already been published. We strongly encourage Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and Indigenous community presenters to submit abstracts.

The abstract should include:

  • a summary of the whole paper
  • title
  • three to five keywords
  • brief outline of the background, methods, results and conclusions
  • summary statement of significance of the work to the themes

For Indigenous community presentations, a summary of no more than 500 words are invited addressing a community project’s:

  • Title
  • Three to five keywords
  • Brief outline of the background to the project or service, the community population where the project is being conducted, how it was done, the results and conclusions for the future
  • A summary statement of the significance of the project to the themes.

Academic Abstracts and Community Project Summaries should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and include:

  • Nomination for either the scientific or the community presentation category;
  • Full contact details for the author(s), including their:
    • Name(s);
    • Traditional Country/Tribal/First Nations affiliation(s) if any,
    • Organisational affiliation(s)
    • Postal address(es) and email address(es).

It is the submitters responsibility to ensure that all spelling and grammar has been checked and is correct. At least one of the named authors must attend the “Wangkiny Coolamon: Research Gathering” for the paper to be accepted in the final program.

To submit your abstract, please email the abstract to:

 Review Process:

Each abstract submitted will be subject to a peer review process. Reviewers will evaluate abstracts and make recommendations to the Scientific & Community Committee for selection. The Scientific & Community Committee will make a decision on whether particular abstracts will be accepted, revised or rejected. Decisions of the Scientific & Community Committee are final.


Scientific and Community abstracts accepted and presented in the Wangkiny Coolamon: Research Gathering will remain the copyright of the authors.

However, opportunity will be available to authors for their abstracts and/or papers to be promoted and made accessible on the WITS 2020 website at the conclusion of the World Indigenous Tourism Summit 2020.

Important Dates:

21 November 2019: Call for abstracts closes
15 December 2019: Notification to authors of Science & Community Committee decision on their abstracts
15 January 2020: Final date for authors to confirm their agreement to present their paper and pay their Research Symposium registration fee.
6 April 2020: Authors to present their paper at WITS2020 Symposium: Wangkiny Coolamon

Contact for Enquiries:

Symposium registration fee (research symposium only): TBC

World Indigenous Tourism Summit registration fee: TBC