I was in Amsterdam last week for the Black Heritage Amsterdam Tours with students and colleagues. This tour was arranged for our GEO course on Tourist Experience by my colleague Karolina Doughty and it was also an opportunity for me to do fieldwork for my Veni research project. It was while we were on the … Continue reading Scenes from the colonial past: The Maasdamme Collection Exhibition at the Amsterdam Museum
Sound the trumpets! Beat up the drums!! Get on the dance floor!!! Pour out the drinks!!!! Raise a toast and shout the cheers!!!! Today 11 January 2023 is the 10 years birthday anniversary of Adamfo Ghana. Adamfo Ghana is an organisation dedicated to A better future for street connected children in Ghana. Looking back on … Continue reading Sound the trumpets!: Adamfo Ghana is 10 years old today
What constitutes African (digital) heritage? Who assigns heritage values to (im)material cultural elements of the past, present and future? Who maintains and conserves these cultural elements and for which (shared) purposes? To what extent do African state actors and individual cultural entreprenuers work together-apart in activating heritage memories at home and in the diaspora? These … Continue reading Upcoming Workshop: “African (Digital) Heritage” at the Univesity of Bayreuth, 18 – 19 January 2023
On the day that the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte officially apologised for the Netherlands' slavery past on Monday 19 December, a news feature of my Veni research project was published by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Below you find screenshots of the article...you can read the full news article through the links English version: … Continue reading ‘Tourism brings a dark past closer by’
This is the second 'save the date' annoucement for the 1-2 June 2023 research gathering in Amsterdam in the context of my ongoing Veni research project. Six months on from the first annoucement and as the research project has evolved, the remit of the planned event has also evolved ever so slightly. The starting point … Continue reading “Tourism, Memory and Heritage” Conference, 1 – 2 June 2023 in Amsterdam (Save the date annoucement II)
Save the date! 365 days left for this exciting symposium I am convening on “Tourism and slavery heritage: geographies of cultural productions, cultural memory and commemoration” as part of my NWO Veni project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqDQQAuSDl0 This will be an international symposium exploring the ways in which tourism in its diverse cultural practices and performances transforms and … Continue reading Save the date: ‘Tourism and slavery heritage’ international symposium (1-2 June 2023)
Here we go.....an outcome of 3 years of work from research idea conception at the start of 2019 through to execution, analysis, writing, rewriting, submission, revisions, revisions, more revisions until final acceptance in the first quarter of 2022. We started on this project while I was still based in Sheffield so it's great that it … Continue reading [New paper, 50 Free copies] Mind the gap: a systematic review of the knowledge contribution claims in adventure tourism research
Finally, I had the premiere of this short edumentary video that provides an overview of my Veni research project. The video was made in August 2021 but COVID-19 related restrictions meant that we've had to keep postpone the date of the Tourism@WUR event during which I wanted to premiere the video. In the end we … Continue reading Premiere of Veni research project edumentary video
Mama You gave me life You were here You left a mark Here in my heart You loved You were loved You held me I will hold you Here in my heart Mama You breathed Now no more You saw Now no more You danced Now no more You smiled Now no more You laughed … Continue reading Here in my heart: an ode to my mother
During this past summer I was in Ghana for fieldwork as part of my VENI research project. It was such a rewarding and challenging time in the field. I made copious observational notes and wrote my reflections on a daily basis during this time. However, since returning to the Netherlands and given the hectic start … Continue reading Lift every voice and sing: sound, emotion and affect in the fieldwork encounter
We finally found a home for this manuscript after almost throwing it in the bin at some point. The journey of this manuscript has been perhaps too long and understandably our love in this pet project began to wane. Thanks to my co-author Chris Mensah at Ho Technical University, Ghana for persisting when I wanted … Continue reading [New paper, Open Access] Tourism and Hospitality Research in the Peripheries: Thematic Focus and a Research Agenda from Ghana
A week ago on Friday 3 September, I had the honour and privilege of speaking at the opening of the MA programme in Development Studies and the Mundus MA in Public Policy at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, The Netherlands. It was an honour because the ISS is my alma … Continue reading “If it must be done, it must be done well..”: my talk at the opening of the academic year at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague.
Are you interested in diaspora issues? Is the migration-development nexus an area of interest? Do you wonder about the contribution made by diaspora groups to their home countries? How about the question of the entreprenuerial drive of diaspora groups both in their host countries and in their countries of origin? Perhaps you are interested in … Continue reading Register now and catch me on Zoom! Diaporas, youth entreprenuership and heritage tourism
In line with taking time to enjoy the rejections and acceptance in academic publishing life, I am happy to share the news of my book chapter which is currently in print in a volume on 'Tourism, Change and the Global South' edited by Jarkko and Jayne. This chapter has had a long incubation period starting … Continue reading New book chapter in print: Images, instruments and the governance capacity of local governments in tourism development planning
Here we are again on this date of 1 April which is fast becoming a memorable and important marker for me in many ways. It has been only two years ago that we made a family relocation from the UK to the Netherlands and I officially started the position of a Lectuer in Cultural Geography … Continue reading Veni project is starting today: Slavery, Heritage and Tourism in the Ghana-Suriname-Netherlands Triangle
See what came through the post 🙂 It has taken quite some time since I said Look out, the book proofs are in: Sustainable Tourism Policy and Planning in Africa But now it's in and I'm glad to receive my author's physical hardcopy of this book. More details about the book can be found here https://www.routledge.com/Sustainable-Tourism-Policy-and-Planning-in-Africa/Adu-Ampong-Kimbu/p/book/9780367480509 … Continue reading The book is in my hands:”Sustainable Tourism Policy and Planning in Africa”
Happy New Year and the very best wishes for 2021! You are warmly invited to join the editors and contributors of the Routledge Handbook of Tourism in Africa for a virtual online launch of this handbook on Wednesday 13 January 2021, 10.00 - 11.30 GMT/11.00 - 12.30 CET. This virtual online event will be taking … Continue reading Invitation: virtual book launch of the Routledge Handbook of Tourism in Africa
Dear Reader, Thank you for reading my blog posts throughout the year. Afehyia pa oooo.....Merry Christmas.....Fijne Kerstdagen. I wish you and your loved ones, a restful and delightful holiday season in person or virtually. Enjoy this wonderful Ghanaian 5 days of Christmas The Kontomire Song.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ba2H90FDkHI&ab_channel=KwanPaGH
Our manuscript that got accepted last month has now been published online on the Annals of Tourism Research website. This is my early Christmas present through Elsevier offering 50 days of free access to this article. You can use this link to view and also download a free PDF copy of the article. Download a … Continue reading 50 days FREE article access & download! …Exploring tourism impacts through participant-generated images
Finally, the baby has been delivered live and coloured with black&white patches. Oh, it smells nice and feels good to have a physical copy of the Routledge Handbook of Tourism in Africa in my hands. Part of the whole process of co-editing this voluminous handbook has been shared on this blog including when the manuscript … Continue reading Baby delivered: the smell of a printed book!
As part of the Studium Generale's series 'Racism', I will be delivering a live lecture on Tuesday 8 December, 20.00. In this lecture I will be exploring how the fluid everyday practices and performances of tourism at slavery-related heritage sites stimulate plural public memories and dialogue thereby challenging established narratives of the past, racial identites … Continue reading Slavery Heritage Tourism: places of remembrance and spaces of dialogue – a Studium Generale Lecture
We are coming up to almost a year since COVID-19 brought a lockdown of tourism activity across the world. How did this lockdown affect the tourism industry in Africa? How did entreprenuers, businesses, operators and managers adapt to this sudden stop of a very important economic activity? What are the stories of resilience, innovation and … Continue reading Invitation: ATLAS Africa Webinar (The Impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry in Africa)
I feel at once ecstatic, jubilant and humbled with a keen sense of my extreme privilege in being awarded the Dutch National Research Council (NWO) Veni grant - being 1 of 162 laurates awarded out of 1,127 applicants. This has been more than a year in the process of thinking and writing long before the … Continue reading I have a VENI! 3 year research project funded!
YES! Our manuscript after an enjoyable one round of revision (R1) has been accepted in Annals of Tourism Research @AnnTourRes This is a co-authored manuscript with Theres Winter in which we make a call for the adoption of more visual methods in tourism studies, particularly participant generated photo-elicitation approaches. Title and abstract below. Watch out … Continue reading Yes! Manuscript accepted. Get in!
Did you miss the chance to join my Black History (Achievement) Month lecture on Zoom? Well, you are in luck! The recording of the session is now ready and live so you can check it out here. Pre-reading of the lecture details and invitation can be found in this link. https://youtu.be/J3Wn752-hUU Leave your critiques, comments … Continue reading Watch and listen…video recording of my Black History (Achievement) Month lecture
Welcome to Black History Month! which is now an established part of the yearly cultural calender. First celebrated in the USA, Black History Month has for the past 30 years has been celebrated in the UK in October each year. In the Netherlands, Black History Month has been celebrated since 2010 and in 2016 onward … Continue reading Black History (Achievement) Month: a lecture invitation
Happy Birthday! to my lovely wife, Marre...I just want to wish you a happy birthday and to say thank you. Thank you for who you are - kind, loving, compassionate, thoughtful and a thousand many other adjectives of that can describe your amazing personality
I will be on this panel discussion on "Exhibiting Africa: Decolonizoing 21st century museums". I am looking forward to what should be an educative session at the Lux-Nijmegen Center.
In addtion to the 8 papers of the SI, we have written a new extensive introduction and conclusion chapters. The introductory chapter outlines what we see as the varieties of sustainability conceptualised in tourism policy and planning strategies in different African countries. In the conclusion chapter, we argue for a reconsideration of what sustainability means for tourism policy and planning in sub-Saharan Africa. We then outline a future research agenda that links tourism policy and planning more intimately to the Sustainable Development Goals .