JORT Special Issue


The special issue in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism picks up the theme of the International Adventure Conference held 7-9th June 2023 in Treuchtlingen, Germany, where we together expanded the notion of the ‘being’ in well-being, and also reversed the term – hence, ‘being-well’.

We invite the participants as well as other researchers in the field to submit an article around the theme:

“Being-with and being well in nature: Our tentacular adventures”

We encourage papers in this call that will explore ways in which outdoor leisure and learning, and adventure tourism, can embrace a ‘being-with the trouble’ – the trouble being more than environmental degradation and destruction, and the satisficing nonsense of paying our way out of guilt. The trouble comes from the high mindedness of anthropocentric thinking, and the power of capitalism which distances us from our place with and amongst other materialities and beings on the planet. How is a sense of wonder to be invigorated which takes us beyond our focus on the thingness of skiing, climbing, kayaking or whatever to a practice of worlding? How can we as academics and practitioners be ‘with’ the world and engage in more tentacular (connected, networked) thinking? Please think about the following sub-themes when submitting your paper:

– Embodied practices – snow angels to white / wild water swimming
– Materials, plasticities and affects in adventure
– Inclusive practice in adventure – including the more-than-human
– Beyond cognition: being-with via feelings, felt memories, senses and more
– Conjoined materialities – wild foods and food in the wild
– Spiders, spontaneous plants and beings in our worlds of adventure
– Intimate immensities– the smallness of being human-in-the-world

Please submit your expressions of interest (a maximum of 300 words) to [email protected] by 30th November 2023
Download the Call JORT Special Issue Being-well