AT Call for Papers, SPECIAL ISSUE: “The Phoenicians’ Route: between tourism and intercultural dialogue”

Guest Editor: Alessia Mariotti (University of Bologna), Sara Ferrari (IULM University)

Editor: Fiorella Dallari (University of Bologna)


“The Phoenicians’ Route”, a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, follows the network of Routes for Mediterranean Intercultural Dialogue. It crosses many countries in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, thereby fostering the historical links created by ancient civilizations. The Phoenician civilization, based on inclusion and peaceful cultural exchanges, today, could be interpreted a cross cultural model for promoting the Mediterranean culture and strengthening the bonds between the Mediterranean countries that share the same historical background. The historical, social, and cultural relationships that the Phoenicians established along the area’s sea routes, places they landed and emporiums are the Route’s core existence. Other great Mediterranean civilizations used these routes for the same purposes: the Greeks, Romans, Etruscans, Iberians and many others. As a result, these routes have become an integral and essential part of Mediterranean culture, a culture made of exchanges, intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding.

The Phoenicians’ Route supports improving the knowledge of and dissemination of memory, history and heritage linked to the ancient civilizations throughout the Mediterranean area. The tangible and intangible historical heritage, landscapes and environment of these local cultures have shaped the modern European identity. The Phoenicians’ Route, also supports developing a dedicated tourist-cultural offer, which promotes creative and sustainable forms of tourism to enhance cultural heritage protection, establish relationships between communities, regions and stakeholders, in addition to communicating and disseminating common values and fostering intercultural dialogue through quality travel experiences.

Researchers and academics as well as public and private stakeholders are hereby invited to submit articles discussing the question of how the promotion of intercultural dialogue and the development of creative tourism experiences around heritage, landscape, costumes and the cultures of ancient civilizations could encourage local development and mutual understanding.

Almatourism welcomes papers on topics including:

The Phoenician’s cultural heritage and Intercultural Dialogue

Good practices in the fields of heritage and archeological tourism

Inclusive tourist experiences

Tourism and cultural creative industries along the Phoenicians’ Route

Mediterranean civilizations and European identity

Tourism Practices and policies enhancing mutual understanding

Ancient civilizations in the Mediterranean and tourism itineraries

Planning best practices along the Phoenicians’ Route or the Hannibal Pathway

Young European exchange practices (tourism as a tool for Europeanisation)

We will also be happy to accept papers addressing other aspects of Mediterranean cultural heritage, tourism and intercultural dialogue.

Key deadlines

Submission of abstracts: 18th January 2019

Abstracts should be sent to the following e-mail addresses: and

First notification to authors: 22th February 2019

Submission of full papers: 24th May 2019

Second notification to authors: 20th September 2019

Expected publication: October 2019

All papers will undergo a double-blind peer review process.

All submissions must be written in English and submitted after undergoing a professional language review and proof-reading. Papers not in line with quality academic writing in English will be desk rejected.

Articles must be submitted through the Almatourism Platform: 

For any questions or concerns, please contact:, or