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Studying and managing encounters in tourism
Malta, Thursday 7th November 2013





Doctoral Colloquium
An event organized in conjunction during the ATLAS annual conference


Scientific committee


  • Dr. Carina Ren, Tourism Research Unit, Aalborg University, Denmark

Colloquium Faculty:

  • Prof. René van der Duim, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
  • Dr. Gunnar Thor Jóhannesson, University of Iceland
  • Dr. Nadia Theuma, the Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture, University of Malta.
  • Others t.b.a.




The University of Malta, Aalborg, Iceland and Wageningen and ITIS (Malta Tourism Institute), in collaboration with ATLAS, are pleased to announce the pre-conference doctoral colloquium for doctoral students in tourism, leisure and hospitality.

The Doctoral Colloquium takes place on the 7th of November 2013 (during the ATLAS 2013 annual conference) and provides doctoral students in tourism with an exciting opportunity to discuss their dissertation research with other doctoral students and leading academics in this field. The colloquium offers a unique opportunity to meet colleagues, share experiences and ideas, and network with students and faculty from different countries and university systems.

All topics and methodological approaches within the broad field of tourism, hospitality and leisure will be considered.



Apart from aiming to foster interactions among the tourism PhD community, the main objective of the colloquium is to create a discussion environment where PhD researchers in the early, intermediate or advanced stages of their research may benefit from the experience of other researchers and students in the field. Students will discuss their work with fellow students and with track/workshop colloquium faculty, who are renowned experts in the field. Doctoral students in different stages of their dissertation process can apply for participation in the doctoral colloquium. The doctoral colloquium will be held in a collaborative, open and friendly atmosphere. In respect to this philosophy, participants are required to attend the entire colloquium. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance and will be rewarded with 1 ECTS.


Format of the colloquium

The first part of the colloquium is the plenary session which seeks to address the challenges of studying and managing encounters in tourism. Following their own presentations, speakers will invite the attending PhD students to engage in this crucial discussion of how to address tourism encounters, as inevitable, ambivalent and controversy-ridden as it may be. This is followed by track sessions/workshops (see below). Accepted submissions will be presented during the track sessions/workshops allowing for more focused discussions about each presentation.

In the second part of the day, students are divided into two tracks, one for students in an early stage of their dissertation process and one for students in an intermediate or advanced stage of their dissertation process. The first track welcomes students in the early stages of their dissertation process. Students should have a (tentative) proposal for the topic they want to study and the method they want to use and will receive suggestions on how to focus and position their work. In the second track students should have a good knowledge of their domain of study and clear research questions. They should be in the process of starting the data collection or have already finished this. They can benefit from the colloquium by subjecting the positioning of their research to a critical review, refining their data collection approach, and/or receiving suggestions for translating their work into papers. In both tracks, students will have 30 minutes to present and discuss their dissertation work.


Call for papers

The number of participants will be limited so as to create a stimulating environment. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the co-chairpersons of the colloquium.

Interested doctoral students should submit the following:

  1. A three-page summary (plus figures, tables, and references) of their doctoral research (planned or actual), outlining the research problem against the existing literature, discussing the methodology and showing some initial empirical results (if applicable). Students should also indicate whether they apply for the intermediate/advanced or for the beginners' track based on the stage of their dissertation process. Please note that the name of the candidate and of the thesis advisor(s) (if already known) and contact details should appear on the summary.
  2. A Curriculum Vitae.

The deadline for submission is the 1st of September, 2013. Submissions should be sent by email to



Provisional programme

The detailed programme is subject to review when numbers and participants are better known. However, it will include plenary workshops on topics pertinent to each stage of successfully completing a PhD and its aftermath, with opportunities for individual participants to present their work to date and gain feedback in group workshops.

Preliminary Schedule on Tuesday, 5th of November 2013:
09:30    Opening and Welcome by the Chairpersons
10:00    Doctoral Colloquium Key Note speeches
12:30    Lunch
14:00    Parallel tracks/workshops (doctoral colloquium student presentations/discussions/feedback)



Important dates

Abstract submission : September 1st, 2013
Notification of acceptance : October 1st, 2013
Colloquium : November 7th, 2013



The participation fee for this Doctoral Colloquium is € 75 for ATLAS members and € 100 for non ATLAS members. You can read all about the ATLAS student membership at the students page.

The participation is free for delegates of the ATLAS annual conference.

Registration for this colloquium can be made by sending an e-mail to



Colloquium venue and accomodation

The seminar will be held at the ITS (Institution of Tourism Studies) in Malta. Information is available at the pages of the ATLAS Annual conference.

On the pages of the ATLAS annual conference you can aso find information about accomodation.




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