Critical Approaches to Tourism Dilemmas – PhD Course – Early announcement

In accordance with the main theme of The 27th Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research, Alta 2018, this PhD course will address implications and dilemmas involved in tourism development. The course will explore conceptualizations of tourism and inquire how tourism practices can be unpacked and described in varying and nuanced ways. Part of such explorations are critical considerations of potentials for success and failure in tourism.

Organizing committe: Professor Arvid Viken and associate professor Dr. Brynhild Granås (contact person).

The bigger picture of global growth in tourism has been depicted and discussed in many ways. Part of such discussions is how to conceptualize tourism realities, and further, how to describe and handle opportunities as well as problematic aspects of such realities. Tourism practices relate to local and global ecologies and climate change and involve processes of marginalization and empowerment, destruction and development. Accordingly, power questions accompany tourism, as perspectivated through concepts like discourse and hegemony, (post)colonial theory, critical theory, and other relational approaches. Moreover, varieties of touristically entangled processes spur ethical considerations in development processes, and provoke questions of what can be endured by whom and what.

We invite PhD students to submit papers that relate to the perspectives outlined above. In line with the above emphasis on critical approaches to dilemmas in tourism, submissions may relate to topics such as destination development, adventure tourism, experience production, tourism experiences, cruise tourism, sustainability, resource management, marketing, or place- and regional development.

Credits: 5 ECTS Start:  September 27 at 09:00 End: September 28 at 16:00

Location: Campus Alta, UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

Language of instruction: English

Target group:  PhD-students that develop critically oriented social scientific research projects related to tourism and hospitality.

Required previous knowledge: Master’s or corresponding degree, within the fields of tourism, hospitality, geography, social sciences, humanities, business administration, or economics. The maximum number of participants is 20.  

Objective of the course: After the course, candidates should have the competency to identify relevant critical issues, manage complex interdisciplinary assignments and projects within the field of critical tourism studies, and carry out their research with scholarly integrity.

Deadline course registration  June 1, 2018: The registration takes place online and opens March 1, 2018.

Deadline submission of synopsis/outline for paper – September 10, 2018: All participants must submit a synopsis/outline of paper (2-4 pages).

Teaching methods and coursework requirements: This two days course (minimum of 80% attendance is mandatory) requires literature studies beforehand and consists of lectures and seminars. In the seminars, we expect students to present their paper and participate in discussions of papers.  

Examsubmission deadline November 15, 2018: The exam is a course paper of 3000-5000 Words, written in English or a Scandinavian language. The form of assessment is pass/fail.

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Organizer: Department of Tourism and Northern Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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