In collaboration with the University of Otago, the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore is hosting a graduate workshop on Research Methods in Tourism in Asia on 5-6 September 2006. This two day workshop will provide students enrolled on either Masters or PhD programmes with the opportunity to discuss, and reflect upon, a range of methodological issues and the problems of conducting tourism fieldwork in Asia. Abstracts should be submitted for 10 minute presentations on the difficulties, dilemmas, struggles, successes or failures of doing tourism research in Asia. In addition to these presentations, the workshop will feature a series of roundtables and group discussions focusing on specific issues concerning tourism methodology in Asia.
What challenges does the nature of tourism pose for integrating or independently using qualitative or quantitative approaches? What role should academic research play in shaping tourism policy? What ethical dilemmas does researching sex tourism pose? How well can localised case study based fieldwork interpret processes of globalisation? Can the researcher transcend his or her own tourist gaze to interpret ‘situated knowledge'? With tourism studies dispersed across a number of disciplines how does the researcher define theoretical and methodological rigor? What challenges does regional/domestic tourism in Asia pose to existing theories and approaches in tourism studies?
Sessions exploring these questions, and many more, will be led by a team of academics from Asia and beyond, all of whom have researched and published extensively on tourism in the region. This workshop will directly connect with the workshop ‘Of Asian Origin’; Rethinking Tourism in Contemporary Asia, which is taking place immediately afterwards (7-9th September). Students accepted for the Questions of Methodology workshop will also be entitled to observe, and potentially present, in this path-breaking event examining tourism in Asia by Asian tourists.
PROPOSED THEMES INCLUDE:
When to tick, when to listen; quantitative versus qualitative approaches
Gossip or narrative; what exactly does data look like?
Research ethics and tourism
Playing the field; negotiating relationships and the politics of identity
Researcher, exile or tourist?; Undertaking cross cultural research
Journeys of Rigour; epistemological departures and methodological arrivals
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