PhD course 22 -23 October 2019


New theoretical and methodological cross roads – new approaches to tourism, leisure and hospitality

In accordance with the main theme of The 28th Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research, Roskilde University 2018, this PhD course will address implications, dilemmas, problems and possibilities that typify present and future tourism, leisure and hospitality. The course will have a particular focus on theories and methods that are relevant for researching, explaining, describing, representing and theorizing tourism as a social practice, industry and societal phenomenon that crucially shapes the making of places, economies, environments as well as the social and cultural life of specific places. The course is committed to discussions of theories and methods within tourism, hospitality and leisure studies. We are also interested in moving beyond tourism theories as we discuss how broader theories and methods within geography, sociology, media studies, anthropology, business studies and related fields may inform and enrich studies of tourism practices, places and industries, now and in the future.  


Teaching methods and coursework requirements: This is an intense two days course that consists of two lectures and seminars where the lectures and participants give peer-feedback to the submitted articles. It is required that the students read the course literature (to be added later) and some of the submitted papers beforehand. 


Objective of the course: the candidates will require new theoretical and methodological knowledge and competences that will improve the foundation of their thesis.


Organizer: Professor Jonas Larsen (contact person), Roskilde University.


Lectures/discussants: associate professor Dr. Martin Trandberg (Aalborg University) and associate professor Dr. Jane Meged (Roskilde University).


Credits: 5 ECTS with active participation and a (passed) theory or method-informed paper (3000-5000 words, written in English or a Scandinavian language).


Start:  22 October 2019 at 9 End: 23 October at 14.30. Location: Roskilde University


Language: English


Target group: PhD-students that write geographical, sociological, anthropological or cultural studies research projects related to tourism and hospitality.


Required knowledge: Enrolled ph.d. student within the fields of tourism, hospitality, geography, social sciences and humanities


The maximum number of participants: 25  




Deadline course registration: September 1 2019


Deadline for submission of paper: 12 October 2019


Enrolment: By sending an e-mail to Jonas Larsen (



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