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2020 In-between Conference

Chiang Mai, Thailand (April 1-5)

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Conference of the ISA RC50


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Keynote speakers:




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Jaranya (Mam) Daengnoy

Thailand Community-Based Tourism Institute (CBT-I)

Chiang Mai


Jaranya (Mam) Daengnoy is the director of the Thailand Community-Based Tourism Institute (CBT-I) which is based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. CBT-I is a registered Thai foundation, established in 2006, with a vision to “provide support and facilitate cooperation among stakeholders from grassroots to international levels, in order to strengthen the capacity of Thai communities to manage tourism sustainably”. CBT-I was established to build upon and replicate this work, through research, training, policy advocacy and network development and facilitating stakeholder partnerships. At the provincial and national levels, CBT-I have facilitated peer-learning ‘CBT Networks’ across Thailand, allowing communities to meet, discuss, and share experience and resources. Since 2006, CBT-I’s ‘Community Based Research’ team have assisted over 40 local, Thai communities to conduct simple research projects which explore their potentials before committing to tourism. CBT-I have trained over 1000 community members from over 100 communities through programs such as CBT Management, CBT and Green Product Development, CBT and Climate Change, Community Guide Training, and Marketing.

Wantanee Suntikul

School of Hotel and Tourism Management,

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Dr. Wantanee Suntikul is Assistant Professor at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her core research interest and expertise are in cultural tourism destinations, political and social aspects of tourism development, religion tourism, heritage tourism, war tourism and gastrodiplomacy and tourism. She holds projects in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, China, Hong Kong, Macao and Bhutan.  Dr. Suntikul’s recent books include “Tourism and Political Change”, “Tourism and Political Change” (2nd ed.), “Tourism and War”, “Tourism and Religion: Issues and Implication”, and Dr. Suntikul is also Joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Tourism, Culture & Communication”.

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Kathleen M. Adams

Loyola University Chicago, Field Museum of Natural History

Kathleen M. Adams is Professor of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago and Adjunct Curator of Southeast Asian Ethnology at the Field Museum of Natural History. Her research centers on the critical analysis of tourism in insular Southeast Asia and California, particularly its intersections with identity politics, arts, museums, and heritage. Her books include the award-winning Art as Politics: Re-crafting Identities, Tourism and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia and Indonesia (2006); Indonesia: History, Culture, Heritage (2019); The Ethnography of Tourism: Edward Bruner and Beyond (2019, with N. Leite and Q. Casteneda); Everyday Life in Southeast Asia (2012, with K. Gillogly) and Home and Hegemony: Domestic Work and Identity Politics in South and Southeast Asia (2000, with S. Dickey). She has also authored numerous articles and chapters on topics such as domestic tourism and nation-building, public interest anthropology in heritage sites, ethical quandaries in tourism research, and terrorism and tourism. Adams was previously the Mouat Junior Endowed Chair at Beloit College and has had visiting professorships/fellowships at Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola University Rome, Semester at Sea/Univ. of Virginia, Al-Farabi National University of Kazakhstan, and the National University of Singapore.

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