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FUNTS' Doctoral School


Autumn 2016


25th Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research – Balancing Dichotomies


The Turku Tourism Academy, the Finnish University Network for Tourism Studies (FUNTS), the University
of Oulu, and the Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI) are organising a doctoral seminar in
conjunction with the 25th Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality. In this multidisciplinary PhD
course, students from different fields will bring the bottlenecks of their research work to discussion and
receive feedback from recognized tourism researchers. The social programme, in turn, offers unique
experiences in the amazing Finnish archipelago.

The course is targeted to PhD students in business studies, social sciences, and
geography, especially to those whose research focuses on the context of tourism, leisure or hospitality.

Duration: 27–30 September 2016, Turku, Finland

The aim of the doctoral seminar is to help students to manage their
research process and also prepare them for the post-doctoral phase. The seminar consists of lectures,
covering themes like how to tackle the research process, how to publish during and after the PhD
research, and how to possibly combine academic and industry careers.
Most importantly, however, we take time to discuss the students’ individual work in smaller groups that are created based on the research themes and disciplines. The students will get feedback from two
experienced tourism researchers (other than the supervisor of the thesis).

Registration: The course is limited to a maximum of 24 participants. Please enrol by 29 May 2016 by sending a short abstract of the paper to be presented at the seminar by email to Juulia Räikkönen (juulia.raikkonen(a) The abstract (max 500 words) should include the title and author information, the purpose of the study, theoretical underpinnings, methods, and anticipated results. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 5 June 2016. Registration and payment deadline for the doctoral seminar is 19 June 2016. The final papers will be sent to Juulia Räikkönen by 28 August 2016.

FUNTS' PhD students, please contact, for the arrangements (accommodation, fee). FUNTS wil be able to support 10 students to attend the PhD seminar, thanks to the financial support from the Foundation for Economic Education for organizing doctoral seminars in Tourism business.

The 25th Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research

invites scholars across the disciplines to explore emerging research themes related to the various dichotomies within the field. The aim is to balance these dichotomies by discussing, challenging, and integrating the traditional assumptions of tourism. Therefore, we welcome all studies touching upon one or many extremes or continuums, proposing alternative concepts, frameworks or methodologies, and reporting empirical findings.

The abstracts must be submitted through the online event management service Lyyti  by 1 May 2016.

The abstracts should be written in English and contain no more than 350 words, in plain text only. Please provide up to five keywords and choose a primary and secondary research session that best correspond to the content of your abstract. Due to the blind review process, please make sure that the abstract does not include any identifying information.

You will receive an email regarding the acceptance of your abstract by 15 May 2016. All accepted papers must be presented at the conference and will be published in a digital conference proceedings. A registered participant may not present more than two papers, but can act as co-author in more than two papers. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us at  25thnordicsymposium(a)