Conferences update

You can view all the presentations from the 2008 ITSA conference in Shanghai, including mine, by going to this web page.  The theme of the conference was ‘Globalisation, mega events and urban tourism’ and there are a wealth of useful case studies, theoretical perspectives and non-western viewpoints on tourism and events available to download as powerpoint files – some in English and some in Mandarin Chinese.  Unfortunately, the files are listed alphanumerically, so you might have to have a dig through to find material you are particularly interested in.

The presentations from the excellent ‘Developing tourist destinations’ seminar held in Aalborg last month will be up on the conference webpages soon along with pictures and I’ll post an update on here when they are available.  In the meantime, you can view my presentation below:

Memetics and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

You can download the full paper that we gave at the ITSA conference in Shanghai by clicking here.   You can also view our presentation below:

Memetics and the Cultural Olympiad

I will be giving a paper at the 2nd ITSA bi-annual conference on “Globalisation, mega-events and tourism”, 6-9th November in Shanghai.  The paper is the latest output from the research I have been carrying out with a colleague, Nikki MacLeod, into the Cultural Olympiad of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  In this paper, we set out our memetic framework for the conceptualisation of the Cultural Olympiad and the paper’s abstract is below:



“This paper proposes the development of a memetic framework for analysing and evaluating the Cultural Olympiad of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  A review of grey literature has revealed five recurring themes or memes (units of cultural transmission) associated with the Cultural Olympiad and the authors predict that they will be transmitted spatially, through planning and delivery processes and between the formal sectors of the Cultural Olympiad.  The paper proposes a methodology which includes a longitudinal study of three UK case studies in the four year run-up to the 2012 Olympics. These case studies (London Borough of Greenwich, Canterburyand Durham) will be the subject of quantitative and qualitative analysis which the authors hope will reveal valuable insights into the frequency, transmission and longevity of the identified memes.  The memetic framework proposed may provide future guidance for the planning and evaluation of public projects both within and outside the Olympic realm.”