We are pleased to share with you the program highlights of the upcoming Euro-TEFI conference. This page will be updated regularly.
Sunday 20 August 2017
WELCOME RECEPTION & REGISTRATION
Monday 21 AUGUST 2017
Tourism, Social Entrepreneurship and Stories of Practice
The keynote will use examples of (social) entrepreneurs to explore exciting possibilities of employing tourism as a tool for enabling positive societal changes. Jaan will give examples of mostly untapped potential of tourism initiatives to define and achieve ambitious impact objectives (besides providing basic services in a sustainable manner). He will also call for connecting country-specific stories into strong regional (or global) epic about the way sustainable tourism industry could look like in the future.
Breaking new grounds and building relationships – reflections from an urban community-based tourism initiative in the North
Kristina Nilsson Lindström
University of Gothenburg
Tikitut Social Enterprise, Gothenburg, Sweden
This keynote is a story. It is a story about a rewarding collaboration between an academic and a social entrepreneur and our respective networks. It is a story of a community-based tourism initiative in the boundaries between tourism and alienation in a segregated city and between tourism and the refugee ‘crisis’. It is a story of the challenges you face when trying broaden the notion of tourism into a more inclusive concept and practice. But above all else, it is a story of capacity building, the joy of learning from the unexpected and a possible way forward for tourism in the face of post-industrialization with an increased demand for tourism as legitimate strategy for inclusiveness, local empowerment and resilience.
A short summary session where we take time out to explore a particular concept, idea or action.
What’s in a story? Storytellers’ secrets
In this short intervention, we will consider the role of the story in triggering learning and reflection and in building research impact. We will explore the elements, modes of storytelling and the characteristics of a good story. This brief interlude helps us to reflect on the keynotes and also to help frame the remainder of the conference as it unfolds.
Gadens Stemmer Street Tour
An unforgettable tour with the social enterprise Street Voices delivering guided walks in Copenhagen and developed out of cooperation between the local government and street people. Hear stories from the streets on this walking tour of Copenhagen hear how interpreting the city for visitors can make a difference on the street.
TUESDAY 22 AUGUST 2017
The Princess, the Dragon and the Magic Land of Tourism
Johan Edelheim, Professor
The Norwegian School of Hotel Management, University of Stavanger, and Multidimensional Tourism Institute, University of Lapland
The Magic Land of Tourism (or MLT for short) is magic indeed, it hosts billions of female and male heroes each year, it is considered to be a panacea for just about any ailments of society possible, and it grows without interruption, in good times, and in bad times, because it is such a wonderful combination of work and leisure, who could ever dislike it? Politicians love the MLT, they get to spend millions and billions of tax payers’ money on exaggerating and promoting their view of reality, and they can never be wrong, as long as they continue pouring money into MLT they ensure that their electorates can bask in the warm glow that self-praise gives. But what kind of a Dragon exist in MLT? The Dragon is called Climate Change, and it makes everybody sad, because it increases in power each time MLT grows. Because the Dragon is so mean it is almost taboo to talk about it, like the bear of old time communities, saying its name brought bad luck, and most of us try to not engage with it. Finally, the Princess is naturally our one and only earth, living and breathing, plentiful and generous, trusting that the heroes out there will ultimately save her from the dragon.
When we take on careers in tourism academia, we are making a conscious choice: to study the MLT, to teach our students about it, and to serve communities by increasing knowledge about the MLT. Most community members believe that we work in marketing, it is common to be asked: ‘Well, how could we get more tourists to this area’? But what if our job is to train dragon slayers, what competencies do we need for that, and what will future tourism education look like?
Next Gen Leadership Forum
Leadership in tourism education is distributed and dynamic. It requires agile, creative and reflexive thinkers. This is an interactive forum and strategy building session that asks: Where can we find the tourism education leaders of the future? What skills do they need? What strategies, actions and support are needed? It is incumbent upon all of us who believe in the potential of tourism to facilitate just and sustainable destinations, local livelihoods, better futures to engage in this debate.
Lost in Translation Action Agenda
This interactive panel session celebrates the power and passion of multi-lingual tourism researchers, and it explores the insights gained from speaking “English as a second language”. Non-english speakers confront challenges in the English-dominated metric system that currently dominates the global higher education system, This session will give voice to multi-lingual tourism researchers and build strategies to activate the greater valuing of multilingual contributions.
Student Knowledge Co-Creation Panel
This session explores innovate ways in which students co-create and share knowledge with stakeholders in a destination. This panel session explores new ways of collaborating with students in the entire research process and how students can be involved in the co-production of knowledge, and in the creation of future teaching materials.
(TBA) depending on numbers
PapirØen (group booking, own cost, numbers to be confirmed)