The landscape of tourism seems to change faster than ever before. This beckons new creative and critical research that address the notion of ‘change’ and its implications on the social, cultural, environmental, economical, technological and managerial dimensions of tourism. This PhD course is aimed at PhD students within areas such as tourism and leisure studies, cultural studies, mobility studies, political science, human geography, sociology and anthropology. Under the theme “Interventions: Tourism, Politics and the prospects of change” we consider how research can be both driven by change, and work as a driver of change in tourism across scales ranging from local neighborhoods to destinations and global systems.
How do we study the complex networks that both shape and hinder change in practice? How is change itself a contested ‘vision’, rooted and in deep ideologies, personal experiences, values and constantly up for negotiation? Responding to these complex ‘questions of change’ requires an open mind set, agile theoretical concepts and creative methodical approaches. In this PhD course we strive to share ideas, co-create leaning and discuss issues related to ‘research on/for change’ and ‘methods that change’ in relation to tourism.
The course will draw on a fair amount of both conceptual and empirical readings. The course lecturers will present their own research and link this to the participant’s projects. A modest amount of reading prior to the course is to be expected as well as each participant is asked to be able shortly to present their research project in the light of the course theme and the selected readings.
ORGANISERS Martin Trandberg Jensen, assistant professor, Aalborg University. Orvar Löfgren, professor emeritus, Lund University. Hazel Tucker, associate professor, University of Otago
26 Sep 2018
INTERVENTIONS: TOURISM, POLITICS AND THE PROSPECTS OF CHANGE