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Qualitative Research Program


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We are thrilled to announce the third ttra Qualitative Research Methods workshop! This workshop, hosted on Tuesday June 20th from 1:00 to 4:00, continues to provide ttra attendees with the opportunity to learn more about the joys and challenges of qualitative research. We’ve come a long way since our first meeting at ttra 2012 in Virginia Beach where a small group of attendees found time to get together under an awning and talk about qualitative methods between sessions. Last year in Vail we featured a panel of editors from top-tier journals, a special focus on discourse and rigor in tourism research, and ten outstanding roundtable presentations.

This year’s program will provide opportunities for attendees to learn from each other through roundtable presentations and from notable qualitative researcher Dr. Heather Mair via a workshop on memory work in qualitative research (see below for details). The roundtable presentations focus on discussion and engagement with a small audience and do not utilize powerpoints, but rather other presentation aids are encouraged (e.g. audio files, short videos, or photographs).

As in years past, two tracks have been established for the roundtable presentations: one targeting innovative methodological approaches (Methods Papers) and another more traditional track that includes completed research (Research Papers). When submitting your abstract please indicate which track is appropriate for your work.

Abstracts are due January 10, 2017. Submission details, author guidelines, and document templates can be found at the ttra scholarworks website. To submit your paper, you will need:

  1. The names, affiliations and contact information of all authors
  2. The bios for all authors (50 words each)
  3. The title of your paper
  4. A short abstract (150 words or less)
  5. The body of your extended abstract with no identifier information (up to 3,000 words)


Our sincere thanks to Jeffrey Eslinger, ttra Chairman; Susan Bruinzeel, ttra President; Dr. Marion Joppe, Conference Chair; Drs. Jonathon Day and Laurent Bourdeau, Academic Paper Co-Chairs; and Ms. Kathy Palmer, ttra Executive Director and Director of Events, for their guidance and patience as we continue to explore new approaches and innovative delivery methods for the conference presentations. 

#ttra2017 Update:

Dr. Heather Mair from University of Waterloo will lead an 80 minute workshop on memory work at the 2017 Annual International Conference


Exploring the potential and the promise of memory-work in tourism scholarship

Memory-work is a critical, collaborative, qualitative, feminist research methodology, and is becoming increasingly popular in leisure and tourism studies.Developed by Frigga Haug (1992, 2008), memory-work grew out of feminism as a way to highlight the potential of research collaboration where the voices and experiences of women are central. Indeed, with its focus on social justice, memory-work offers a methodological approach that can encour

age an assessment of issues of power as they are expressed through tourism, including researcher-participant relationships and systems of domination including patriarchy, class, sexuality, and race.        

The 80-minute workshop will bring together tourism scholars to consider the potential of memory-work for tourism research and teaching. The goal of this workshop is to have participants get a sense of the memory-work approach.  The workshop begins with a very brief introduction of the main tenets of the methodology as well as some discussion of its use in tourism studies and elsewhere. Next, in order to illustrate how the methodology works, participants will be asked to reflect on their personal travel experiences and to write a short memory to be shared with the group. After reading the memories, a short, collective analysis will be facilitated and the process will be discussed in relation memory-work’s potential to tourism studies. As the workshop will illustrate, however briefly, memory-work is rather demanding. It requires a considerable amount of time and commitment by all involved. Nonetheless, the workshop will offer participants a sense of how the methodology works and will have an opportunity to ‘practice’ memory-work on their own and with the group.

Useful references:

Haug, F. (1992). Beyond female masochism: Memory-work and politics (R. Livingstone, Trans.). London: Verso.

Haug, F. (2008). Memory-work. Australian Feminist Studies, 23, 537-541.

Onyx, J. & Small, J. (2001). Memory-work: the method. Qualitative Inquiry, 7(6), 773-786.

Rouzrokh, M., Muldoon, M., Torabian, P., & Mair, H. The memory-work sessions: Critical pedagogy in tourism. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, In press.

Small, J. (1999). Memory-work: A method for researching women's tourist experiences. Tourism Management, 20(1), 25-35.

Tung, V.W.S. & Ritchie, J.R.B. (2011). Exploring the essence of memorable tourism experiences. Annals of Tourism Research, 38(4), 1367-1386.


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