From H-Material Culture:
PhD students within the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change/ Leeds Met University are calling for contributions and participants for the forthcoming workshop series:
Interdisciplinary Workshop Series "Major Concepts in Tourism Research"
March to May 2008
Much research in the field of tourism addresses at least one of the following concepts: Exchange, Memory, Representation and Experience. Although these concepts are very popular, it is not at all obvious what they actually refer to, and how we may be able to grasp them in our research.
Therefore, the PhD-students at the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University are organising four workshops. Each of these workshops will extend over two days during which we will discuss intensively one of these concepts. These discussions will be based to a large extent on the contributions of the participants. Thus, we invite PhD-students from all disciplines to present short papers. PhD-students may also contribute ideas and critiques of articles, which we will distribute before the workshops. The contributions do not have to be polished conference papers but can be presentations of ideas related to the particular workshop theme. The papers will be circulated among the other participants 10 days before the respective workshop to promote lively and engaged discussion. People can also attend without presenting any formal contribution.
Furthermore, we have invited an expert on the specific topic for each workshop to give an introductory keynote and lead the discussions. On the basis of their introductions we will explore meanings and different approaches to the concepts. This constitutes a unique opportunity for PhD-students to get feedback on their reflections and work in progress by leading academics and other PhD-students, sharing and developing ideas in relation to the four themes addressed.
Cost: £20.00 for one workshop. You can also register for all four workshops for £60.00.
Please register for one single workshop or the whole series not later than 17 February 2008 by either sending an abstract of about 200 words or stating how you relate to the topic of the workshop.
Please note that the date for submission of the papers and contributions for the first workshop is 29th February 2008. E-Mail: C.Mueller@leedsmet.ac.uk
Timetable of the Workshop-Series
13/14 March 2008 Workshop "Experience"
Keynote: Claudio Minca, University of London
"After the Island: the hard work of being (with) tourists"
3/4 April 2008 Workshop "Exchange"
Keynote: Keith Hart, Goldsmith College London
"On commoditization: exchange in the human economy"
17/18 April 2008 Workshop "Memory"
Keynote: Sharon MacDonald, Manchester University
"Memory, Materiality and Tourism"
8/9 May 2008 Workshop "Representation"
Keynote: David Crouch, University of Derby
"The Problems with Representation: Consumption, Space and Images"
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