Building our stories: Co-creating tourism futures in research and practice

Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark

20-22 August 2017

Tourism transforms people and places. New stakeholders are emerging, landscapes of power are shifting, and lines of responsibilities are being redrawn. Everyday stories of coping, success, empowerment, nurturing, disruption, relationship building and activism are important tools for reflection and learning. In keeping with previous TEFI conference themes that seek to activate change, empower engaged scholarship, disrupt, inspire, lead and care, Aalborg University’s Tourism Research Unit (TRU) and the Department of Culture and Global Studies invites you to share your story and to help co-create compassionate and caring tourism futures.

Drawing inspiration from fairytales to philosopher kings, Copenhagen, Denmark, offers a unique setting for our first TEFI regional conference. Home to one of the greatest storytellers, H.C. Andersen, but also home to one of the greatest existential philosophers, Søren Kierkegaard, our local inspirations are broad and our goals are lofty. Storytelling is a powerful way of exploring the values underpinning tourism as an agent of change and to span boundaries with practice. Stories allow us to explore how, what and why we value certain things, and it helps unlock our dreams for the future.

In this conference we seek to share and co-create tourism stories that will lead us towards sustainable, caring citizenship for tourism. We welcome abstracts that address the following themes:

  • Stories and story-telling as education, inspiration and change-making
  • Stories of coping, nurturing and disrupting
  • Framing tourism futures
  • Spaces and places of learning and knowledge co-creation
  • Stories to empower diversity and equity in tourism
  • Knowledge dynamics, liminal boundaries and threshold concepts
  • On becoming a pracademic
  • Ethics of care in research and practice
  • Ontological, epistemological and axiological pluralism in praxis
  • Inhabiting pracademic borderlands
  • Beyond metrics, towards meaning
  • Multi-modal methods of story telling
  • Moral responsibility and our professional core
  • Activism, empowerment and leadership
  • Dialogues across communities

Abstracts and full papers addressing related themes may also be suitable, however their connection to the above call must be clearly articulated.

Download this call here.


We particularly invite PhD students and recent graduates to make submissions in relation to this call. In keeping with TEFI tradition, we seek to provide an opportunity to profile our emerging scholars through keynotes and other engagement opportunities. See our wonderful early career recipients from TEFI9 at 


Conference Information

Keynotes (updated regularly)
Registration (updated regularly)
Program (updated regularly)



Key Contacts


Dianne Dredge

Szilvia Gyimóthy

Conference organisation inquiries:

Ulla Langballe



Key Dates

Abstracts (500 words max): 28 February 2017

Advice to authors: ongoing

Full Papers (max 4000 words): 15 June 2017

Abstract deadlines are past but if you are still interested in attending the conference or participating please email the conference chairs!

Submission of Abstracts & Papers