Activism, empowerment and political agency in tourism education

University of Guelph, Canada, 4-7 June 2014

We have had an excellent response to the call for papers and are looking forward to a thought-provoking and inspiring conference in June. To foster a strong student perspective at TEFI8 we invite Masters level students to join us at Guelph. We would like you to share your experiences, thoughts and questions about future-focused tourism education. To assist two students to actively participate at TEFI8 we invite those of you (Masters-level) who are interested in transformational learning to submit a 3-5 mins thought bubble addressing the conference theme: 

Transformational learning: Activism, empowerment and political agency in tourism education

  • Action learning and empowerment 
  • Activating change through experiential learning 
  • Learning beyond the classroom 
  • Ethics and professionalism 
  • The politics of tourism 
  • Value-centred teaching, research and community engagement 

Two bursaries of C$500 each are available to support two submissions which the scientific chairs believe will make the strongest contribution to the conference. Masters level students who have already submitted contributions to TEFI8 are invited to apply for the bursaries, but are asked to follow the process outlined, by also submitting a though bubble based on their abstract. Only one bursary is available per thought bubble, regardless of whether there is one attending student or several.

When to submit: 14 March 2014

How to submit: Please send an email indicating that you want to submit your thought bubble to We will reply by sending you an invitation to Dropbox to submit your thought bubble.

What to submit (aka some information about what we call a ‘thought bubble’):

A thought bubble is a 3-5 minute (max) presentation using your choice of effective media. The aim of the thought bubble is to discuss an innovative idea, pose a provocative question, share mindful insight into learning and teaching, etc in a succinct and engaging way to inform, challenge, and inspire the audience. Media which has been used for past thought bubble presentations commonly included video clips and prezi presentations, however, this should not be seen as restrictive as we encourage creativity and innovative thinking. The thought bubble that you submit must convey its message clearly on its own, without the need for explanation or supplementary materials. If your thought bubble is successful in receiving the bursary you need to submit a 300-500 word abstract for inclusion in the TEFI8 Proceedings by 14 April.

Unfortunately we can only offer two Masters bursaries. However, when providing feedback for each thought bubble we will let you know whether your thought bubble is accepted for presentation at the conference; although unfunded by the conference committee.

Conference Organising Committee 

Co-Chairs: Professor Marion Joppe and Associate Professor Statia Elliot, University of Guelph 

  • Dr. Kellee Caton, Thompson Rivers University, Canada 
  • Roberto Daniele, Oxford Brookes University, UK 
  • Dr. Christian Schott, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 
  • Associate Professor Kellee Caton, Thompson Rivers University
  • Professor Dianne Dredge, Aalborg University, Denmark