Critical Hospitality Studies Symposium II: Hospitality IS Society (2-4 July 2018) AUT

Issued: Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:45:00 BST

Symposium Theme: Hospitality is Society

Deadline for submission of abstract: Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) before 31st October 2017 to:

Critical Hospitality Studies continues to gain momentum both in academia and aligned to current world affairs and events. Critical hospitality scholars have and can add much to the debates around what constitutes hospitality and how this could function within societies, communities, workplaces and among individuals. Pushing the boundaries of the concept to move beyond a focus of hospitality as only concerned with commercial transaction and a management paradigm, this symposium seeks to extend and critically debate hospitality by crossing both academic and sector silos.

This symposium is driven by a multi-disciplinary perspective to understand hospitality; a focus that has been embedded in the journal Hospitality & Society since its launch in 2011 (Lynch, Molz, McIntosh, Lugosi & Lashley, 2011).  The concept of ‘hospitality’ is employed by various disciplines as a way of investigating contemporary issues in society, in addition to being investigated as a phenomenon in its own right, for example, in domains of commercial, private and public hospitality. The study of hospitality is truly a multi-disciplinary phenomenon. At this pivotal stage, it is important that scholars from different disciplines converse – not only through multi-disciplinary journals such as Hospitality & Society – but also in person. Such conversations are necessary to help build the networks required to develop the theoretical foundations and realize the conceptual power of hospitality and, ultimately, to understand better the nature and possibilities of the phenomenon. Accordingly, we invite scholars from all disciplines concerned with usage of hospitality as a conceptual tool to participate, as well as those concerned with the study of hospitality in action. We are keen to develop cross-disciplinary dialogue and we encourage contributions from colleagues working in anthropology, business and management, cultural, film and media studies, design, education, events, gender studies, geography, health and welfare, history, hospitality, information technology, language and literature studies, philosophy, politics, sociology, sports and leisure studies, tourism, as well as related fields.

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