First workshop announced: Critical Tourism and Emotions


Hello CTSers!


We can now announce the first of our four workshops, which will combine presentations with interactive audience discussions. The workshop ‘ Critical Tourism and Emotions‘ will be led by Dorina Buda and Sandro Carnicelli-Filho.


Tourist encounters, experiences and performances are lived through emotions such as anger, fun, fear, excitement, joy, and pain, for example, thus the power of emotional engagements should figure more prominently in tourism studies. In this workshop presentation we seek to open for discussion a different way of understanding tourist subjectivities, which is founded on critical socio-cultural approaches to emotions, feelings and affects. We understand tourist subjectivities performing in affective, embodied, emotional, and sensuous ways, as we acknowledge the complex relationships between these concepts. We want to advocate for an emotional turn in tourism studies. There is considerable engagement with critical aspects in tourism studies, thus continuing this critical turn could be further inspired by an emotional turn. Perhaps, “emotional tourism” or “tourism of emotions” should be recognised as an emerging approach to investigating the interconnections between tourism, emotions, feelings and affects. We invite the audience to engage in an entertaining and thought-provoking discussion about the profound role emotions, feelings, affects and senses play in tourism studies. We also want to explore in this workshop our own subjective positions as critical tourism researchers whereby we (should) openly acknowledge our embodied emotions and senses in the research process. If, as critical tourism researchers, we were to recognise and explore our emotions perhaps it would lead to increased recognition of the partiality of tourism knowledges.


Dorina Maria Buda was introduced into the wonderful world of emotions and tourism by her doctoral supervisors at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, where she studied and worked from 2008 to 2012. She draws on theories of emotions, affect, feelings and senses from socio-cultural geography to examine tourist performances in places and spaces of (ongoing) political turmoil. Dorina travelled to Jordan and Palestine on two occasions, during April 2009 and from July to November 2010 to collect data for her doctoral project on Danger-zone tourism: Emotional performances in Jordan and Palestine. To this end she received a Waikato International Doctoral Scholarship as well as research grants from Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Geography and Tourism programmes at the same university. She was also financially and emotionally supported in her studies and travels by her lovely parents. Currently, employed at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, she works on projects to expand research on tourism and emotions in her native Romania. Dorina’s passion is to witness emotions playing a more important role in tourism research. The main aim of this workshop, entitled Critical Tourism and Emotions, is to help increase interest for emotions in tourism research. In this respect she finds organising this workshop with Sandro Carnicelli-Filho enriching and productive.
Sandro Carnicelli-Filho started his academic interest on emotions when he was still a Physical Education undergraduate student at Sao Paulo State University in Brazil. A fieldtrip to Brotas (also known as the Brazilian Adventure Capital) and the opportunity to meet the 2005 world white-water rafting champions were the inspirational moments that made Sandro curious about emotions and adventure. Since then adventure tourism and emotions have been his main research topics. In 2007 Sandro was awarded a doctoral scholarship from the University of Otago in New Zealand, where he started his studies on emotional labor, a theory developed by American sociologist Arlie Hochschild. Sandro’s current research is investigating the management of emotions and its consequences in the London 2012 Game Makers, a project supported by the Carnegie Trust of Scotland.



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