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TOURISM EDUCATION FUTURES INITIATIVE 9, Kamloops, Canada, 26.-29.06.2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joachim Willms [Managing Director]   


    Thompson Rivers University

    Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

    June 26–29, 2016




Call for Contributions

Caring is rarely given serious attention. It tends to be associated with emotionality rather than rationality, weakness rather than strength. Talking about it publicly, in professional contexts, is likely to land you with the charge of naïveté for optimism. But it is precisely care—for our students, our communities, our planet—that unites our efforts at knowledge production and transmission with a larger sense of purpose. Knowing what we care about and working in service of it moves us away from a sense of inevitability for the status quo and toward alternate futures where tourism education can help to advance the good life for humanity, in the context of the ecosystem that sustains us.

Care ethics, which place a focus on the interdependence of human beings and the importance of context, challenge utilitarian views of the world and of the role of academia. They represent a counter force to the continued onslaught of neoliberal management in higher education, which would easily have us forget about the diverse types of capital that permeate tourism education and scholarship, beyond today’s typically narrow focus on money and the reputational forms of capital that currently dominate our work. By turning our attention toward a richer variety of capitals—social, intellectual, creative—within a framework of care and commitment toward those things which we value, we invite participants to disrupt current logics and practices, and to activate change in tourism education.

Please join us for an energetic, rigorous, creative, and soulful four days of intellectual growth and community-building for tourism higher education, amid the breathtaking scenery of Beautiful British Columbia.  We invite contributions ranging from the traditionally intellectual to the innovative, artistic, and experiential. 

We welcome any submissions that fit within the broad theme of intersections between care and tourism education, and we especially encourage submissions relating to the following themes:

·         Moral dimensions of teaching, learning, and creating knowledge

·         Ethics of care in intense but short-term relationships (as is often the case with teachers and students)

·         Caring about community

·         Indigenization and internationalization of higher education

·         Moving beyond disciplinary boundaries

·         Thinking creatively about “capital”

·         Social entrepreneurship and experiential education

·         Resistance to neoliberal conditions in higher education

·         Equity in tourism

·         Sustainability

·         Environmental ethics

·         Affect and emotion in tourism research and education


Acceptable formats for contributions include papers, posters, thought bubbles, panels, workshops, art exhibits, short films, etc.  If you have an idea, feel free to propose it!  Please submit a 500-word abstract, which also indicates the format of the contribution, to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Abstracts Due: December 15, 2015

Notification of Acceptance: January 15, 2016

Optional Full Papers Due: March 15, 2016

Reviews Returned to Authors: May 1, 2016

Final Submissions Due: June 1, 2016


We are committed to supporting publication opportunities based on the outcomes of the conference, in the form of a journal special issue, and also possibly an edited book.


TEFI 9 is hosted by Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, British Columbia.  “The place where the rivers meet,” Kamloops will offer a beautiful setting for the merging of people and ideas, as we reflect upon the power of caring in tourism higher education. 


Conference Chair: Kellee Caton 

Local Organizing Committee

Billy Collins, Thompson Rivers University

Lisa Cooke, Thompson Rivers University

Bryan Grimwood, University of Waterloo

David Hill, Thompson Rivers University

TEFI Chair: Dianne Dredge, Aalborg University

Executive Team:

Kellee Caton, Thompson Rivers University

Roberto Daniele, Oxford Brookes University

Jonathan Day, Purdue University

Johan Edelheim, University of Lapland

Ana María Munar, Copenhagen Business School


Inquiries about the TEFI 9 conference should be directed to Kellee Caton at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

General inquiries about the TEFI organization should be directed to Dianne Dredge at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please visit our conference web page for further information:



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