Links to Season 2 Iso-CHATS Seminar Season recordings, insightful and topical.
24 July 2020 The presentation explores the political philosophies influence tourism at different levels: from individual choices to policies and even understanding of what tourism means. This talk discusses various avenues of research that involve political philosophies, and outline benefits and challenges of studying the topic. Denis is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management and teaches various subjects in Bachelor of Tourism, Hospitality and Events and Masters of International Tourism & Hospitality Management. Prior to joining James Cook University in 2020, Denis worked as an Assistant Professor at School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Denis has earned the PhD degree at Victoria University, Melbourne. He has developed research in areas of sustainable tourism, ethics in tourism, community-based tourism, nature-based tourism and tourism in Small Island Developing States.
Dr Denis Tokach is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management at James Cook University, Cairns. He teaches various subjects in Bachelor of Tourism, Hospitality and Events and Masters of International Tourism & Hospitality Management. Prior to joining James Cook University in 2020, Denis worked as an Assistant Professor at School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Denis has earned the PhD degree at Victoria University, Melbourne. He has developed research in areas of sustainable tourism, ethics in tourism, community-based tourism, nature-based tourism and tourism in Small Island Developing States.
2.2 Technology and innovation in tourism during COVID-19 | Professor Marianna Sigala (University of South Australia)
31 July 2020: This week, we are thrilled to host Professor Marianna Sigala who will discuss how innovation and technologies have empowered tourism firms and destinations to ensure business continuity, strengthen their customer engagement as well as get prepared for the post COVID-19 era. Building digital capabilities, infrastructure, readiness and innovativeness is more important than ever in the tourism industry. How can we reduce the digital gap in order to avoid widening any resulting economic gap?
2.3 The paradox of alterity for community tourism in Quebec, Canada | Professor Dominic Lapointe (Université du Québec à Montréal)
5 August 2020: In this week’s Iso-CHAT, we are joined by Professor Dominic Lapointe from the Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. Dominic will discuss how COVID-19 has transformed the smooth space of tourism into a highly striated one, with the paradox of alterity having been exposed. Revisiting the enclavic tendencies of tourism areas, along with a multilayered approach to alterity, Dominic’s talk will look at ongoing changes in the Quebec tourism industry that have been enhanced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
2.4: Resilience of tourism organizations post-crisis and disaster | Professor Girish Prayag (University of Canterbury)
21 August 2020: In this week’s Iso-CHAT, we are joined by Professor Girish Prayag who examines how tourism organizations can build resilience post-disaster. In doing so, he critically evaluates the theoretical foundations of organizational resilience in tourism research and argues for an approach that takes greater cognisance of system thinking. Also, his talk discusses if organizational resilience is desirable at all for communities.
2.5 Alternatives to neoliberal logics: prefiguring hope and possibilities for tourism futures | Phoebe Everingham (University of Newcastle)
28 August 2020: In this week’s Iso-CHAT, we are joined by Dr Phoebe Everingham who argues that in terms of long-term thinking post COVID-19, it is time to change the parameters of how we imagine a trajectory going forward, to prefigure possibilities for contesting capitalist imperatives that ‘there is no alternative’. In relation to tourism, she argues that the pandemic provides an opportunity for reimaging tourism otherwise, away from exploitative models that disregard people, places, and the natural environment, and towards a tourism that has positive impacts. Phoebe also argues that non-western perspectives can help us to shift priorities away from economic growth, towards greater social and environmental wellbeing, and meaningful human connections.
#2.6: Fast tourism and beer miles: New (competing) agendas for sport tourism | Professor Catherine Palmer (University of Tasmania)
4 September 2020: In this week’s Iso-CHAT, we are joined by Professor Catherine Palmer. Catherine’s presentation brings together research on two emerging areas in sports tourism. It will draw on research across sport, leisure and alcohol studies to trace out the complementary and competing discourses and debates in fitness-tourism, including questions of embodiment, healthism and, perhaps paradoxically, destination drinking. The presentation also continues an ongoing research agenda that asks researchers to extend their conceptual, theoretical and empirical frameworks for thinking about sports-tourism.
Professor Catherine Palmer is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania. She has three main areas of interest: i) sport and alcohol, ii) fitness philanthropy and iii) sport, inequality and social change. Catherine has received grant funding from the ARC, the NHMRC, the Alcohol Education Research Foundation (now FARE), Joseph Rowntree and the Nuffield Foundation. With Professor Steve Jackson from University of Otago, Catherine currently has funding from the ARC for a three year research program that is exploring women and alcohol in Australian sport. Catherine has also worked with the United Nations on their Sport for Development and Peace Programme, the National Commission for Women (UK), the London Olympic Development Authority on women’s safety at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Western Australian Sports Federation and the South Australian National Football League on alcohol policy in Australian sport.
2.7: Gender in the time of COVID: Imagining a more inclusive tourism world? | Professor Erica Wilson (Southern Cross University)
18 September 2020: In this week’s Iso-CHAT, we are joined by Professor Erica Wilson. As the saying goes, COVID is a feminist issue. In this Iso-CHATS hour, Erica Wilson will reflect on the role, impact and importance of gender during the time of COVID. Specifically, she will discuss the ways in which the pandemic has affected the domains of work, home, mobility, and (tourism) academia – and the now even blurrier lines among them. Erica will propose some thoughts on a gender-aware framework which might offer a more hopeful and inclusive way forward as we navigate the impacts of the coronavirus.
Professor Erica Wilson is Associate DVC Academic and Professor of Tourism at Southern Cross University. Born in Seattle, Erica has called Australia home since 1983. Her doctoral thesis (Griffith) was an interpretive study of solo women travellers. Erica also holds a postgraduate qualification in environmental studies (Adelaide), and a first-class honours degree in tourism (James Cook). Erica has published over 80 scholarly outputs, including two co-edited books: ‘Women and Travel’ (2017) and ‘Slow Tourism’ (2012). She is passionate about supporting research students, having supervised a number of PhDs, Masters and Honours candidates to completion. Erica is particularly interested in critical understandings of tourism, sustainable tourism, and women’s travel. Erica holds the role of Secretary on the CAUTHE Executive and is a proud supporter of Iso-CHATS!
2.8: The problem with female leadership in hospitality and tourism management | Associate Professor Shelagh Mooney (Auckland University of Technology)
25 September 2020: This week’s seminar will take the form of an interview, where Associate Professor Shelagh Mooney will respond to questions posed by an invisible – but vocal – devil’s advocate whose position is that, actually, gender is no longer a problem in contemporary organisations and it is time to focus on important real world issues. The first question asked will be: “Isn’t the real reason for women’s failure to advance into senior management because they work less hours that men and so do not get promoted?” Listen in to find out the answer…!
Shelagh Mooney is Associate Professor and Postgraduate Program Leader (Hospitality) in the School of Hospitality and Tourism at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, where she lectures in organizational behaviour and human resources management. Her intersectional studies explore how social structures and organisational processes privilege or penalize individuals based on their identity, for example, gender or ethnicity. They have been published in journals which examine the interface between employment processes and society, for example, Work, Employment and Society. Her passion to forge closer links between researchers and sustainable hospitality and tourism workforce interests has led her to convene and participate in panels on industry issues, such gender discrimination in hospitality and tourism and migrant exploitation in those industries.
Iso-CHATS Interlude: Contemporary Domestic Tourism in China: Observations from the Greater Bay Area | Associate Professor Chin-Ee Ong – Sun Yat-Sen University, China.
8 October 2020: This seminar will focus on the recent experience and management of domestic tourism in China. Dr Chin-Ee Ong will draw on preliminary fieldwork in the three contrasting but connected nodes in China’s Greater Bay Area project: downtown Zhongshan City, historic town of Tangjiawan and Hengqin New Area. In so doing, Chin-Ee will set the stage for discussions on the role of tourism in the everyday lives of people and the persistent appeal of tourism megaprojects in China.
Dr Chin-Ee Ong is an Associate Professor, School of Tourism Management at, Sun Yat-Sen University, China. Chin-Ee Ong is a tourism and cultural geographer with keen interests in outbound Chinese tourism, theme park development in Asia, dark tourism and carceral geographies of refugee camps in Europe and Asia. Associate Professor Ong is the co-founder of the Heritage Tourism and Education Special Interest Group in the Association of Leisure and Tourism Education and is the Controversies and Discussions Editor for the social science-based Hospitality and Society. Assoc Prof. Ong is also on the advisory board for a reflective and critical boutique journal, Tourism Critiques and the Editorial Review Board of International Journal of Tourism Cities.