tourism paradoxes

challenges to scholarship and practice

ISA-RC50 in-between conference

6-9 april 2016, chiang mai, thailand

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conference schedule

The Paradoxes of Space Tourism

Dr. Erik Cohen, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Space tourism is widely considered to be the next step in the expansion of tourism. In this address, I take a critical look at its future, in a discussion of four principal paradoxes inherent in efforts to develop space tourism: 1. The limitations on human cosmic expansion; 2. The subversion of “adventure” in space tourism; 3. The banalization of the sublimity of the experience of space tourism; and 4. The deflowering of the “pristinity” of other heavenly bodies by space exploitation and tourism development. I draw some speculative conclusions regarding the prospects and limitations of this emergent direction of the future expansion of the tourism industry.

keynote addresses

Compliance & Dissent in the House of Tourism Studies

Dr. Ana María Munar, Copenhagen Business School

In this keynote I suggest that we are experiencing the further intensification of an ‘old’ era, which is characterized by persistent processes of bureaucratization and commercialization of knowledge production. These processes have severe consequences for two core features of universities: the open-ended search for deeper understanding and the principle of autonomy. There is a need to change the level of analysis (i.e. from the micro level of different schools of thought, topics or methodologies) to a meta ‘paradigmatic’ level and to connect epistemology to major societal evolution. I will introduce a metaphor – the house – to visualize the evolution of tourism studies and apply Habermas’ philosophy to examine the environment and architecture of this house. The presentation will discuss the consequences of ‘systemic’ dominance and its relation to academic cultures of compliance and dissent. I will finalize by reclaiming the political dimension of the epistemic endeavor and presenting a series of initiatives to advance tourism scholarship.

The International Tourism Academia: A Paradoxical Challenge

Dr. Vincent Platenkamp, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences

There is a high degree of solipsism in every language tradition. George Steiner claimed that to learn a new language is to open a new window on the world. These windows are crucial to make international tourism studies more worthwhile. But how solipsistic is the English window as a lingua franca? Global power made English the lingua franca. This has created many advantages, because it facilitates tourism discourses to cross borders. World-making becomes a challenging opportunity. But, how can we decentre the predominantly English centred, international, tourism academy and at the same time make use of these challenges. In this keynote address, an attempt will be made to approach this question in two phases. Firs, there is a (postcolonial) need to contextualize the study of tourism research. Secondly, these contextualized efforts need to be translated into a polyphonic dialogue on the agora.

April 5, Tuesday

17:00-20:00 Registration & Welcome Drinks & Open Buffet | Petcharat Room, 3rd Floor

April 6, Wednesday

08:00-09:00 Registration | Noppakao Room, 3rd Floor

09:00-09:55 Opening Ceremony | Noppakao Room, 3rd Floor

10:00-10:45 Keynote: Erik Cohen | Noppakao Room, 3rd Floor

10:45-11:00 Refreshment Break | Petcharat Room, 3rd Floor

11:30-13:00 Breakout Sessions | Noppakao & Petcharat Rooms, 3rd Floor

13:00-14:00 Lunch | International Buffet Lunch, The Coffee Shop

14:00-15:00 Keynote: Vincent Platenkamp | Noppakao Room, 3rd Floor

15:30-16:00 Refreshment Break | Petcharat Room, 3rd Floor

16:00-17:30 Breakout Sessions | Noppakao & Petcharat Rooms, 3rd Floor

April 7, Thursday

08:00-08:30 Registration | Noppakao Room, 3rd Floor

09:00-10:00 Keynote: Ana María Munar | Noppakao Room, 3rd Floor

10:30-11:00 Refreshment Break | Petcharat Room, 3rd Floor

12:00-13:00 Lunch | International Buffet Lunch, The Coffee Shop

13:00-15:00 Breakout Sessions | Noppakao & Petcharat Rooms, 3rd Floor

15:00-15:30 Refreshment Break | Petcharat Room, 3rd Floor

15:00-18:00 Breakout Sessions | Noppakao & Petcharat Rooms, 3rd Floor

19:00-22:00 Gala Dinner | Location TBA (please sign up at registration desk)

April 8, Friday

08:00-09:00 Registration | Noppakao Room, 3rd Floor

10:00-10:30 Refreshment Break | Noppakao Room, 3rd Floor

10:30-11:30 Panel Discussion | Noppakao Room, 3rd Floor

11:30-12:00 Closing Ceremony | Noppakao Room, 3rd Floor

12:00-12:30 Contingencies | Noppakao Room, 3rd Floor

12:30-13:30 Lunch | International Buffet Lunch, The Coffee Shop

13:30-18:00 Social Activities | City & Temple Tour or Handicraft Village Program

April 9, Saturday

09:00-18:00 Optional Tours (Separate registration required)