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What do conferences do?: What is academics' intangible return of investment (ROI) from attending an academic conference?
The Norwegian School of Hotel Management, University of Stavanger, Norway; Multidimensional Tourism Institute, University of Lapland, Finland.
School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management, University of Guelph, Guelph, OT, Canada.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7613-9146
Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, ISSN 1531-3220, E-ISSN 1531-3239, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 94-107Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Conferences are funny events. They are self-evident elements of our lives as academics: meetings that occur, often annually; take place in various locations; and involve (hopefully) like-minded people, aiming to share their latest research findings. Conferences are actually so selfevident that very little research exists analysing what takes place at conferences, why people attend them in the first place, and essentially what the conference does to delegates as participants. This article is, on one hand, a reflective report from an academic conference: TEFI 9 —Celebrating the Disruptive Power of Caring in Tourism Education. But it is also simultaneously an analysis of the implicit and explicit rationale and return on investment for attending academic conferences, in the words of three, at that time, PhD candidate rapporteurs and one professor rapporteur, who acts as this article's narrator.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 18, no 1, p. 94-107
Keywords [en]
academic conference, tourism conference, ontology, emotion, care, ROI
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Human Geography Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-143694DOI: 10.1080/15313220.2017.1407517ISI: 000428803100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-143694DiVA, id: diva2:1171366
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Available from: 2018-01-07 Created: 2018-01-07 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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