Upcoming Workshop: “African (Digital) Heritage” at the Univesity of Bayreuth, 18 – 19 January 2023

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

‘Tourism brings a dark past closer by’

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’

Save the date: ‘Tourism and slavery heritage’ international symposium (1-2 June 2023)

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)

Premiere of Veni research project edumentary video

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

Lift every voice and sing: sound, emotion and affect in the fieldwork encounter

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

[New paper, Open Access] Tourism and Hospitality Research in the Peripheries: Thematic Focus and a Research Agenda from Ghana

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

Register now and catch me on Zoom! Diaporas, youth entreprenuership and heritage tourism

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

Veni project is starting today: Slavery, Heritage and Tourism in the Ghana-Suriname-Netherlands Triangle

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

Cape Chronicles Reloaded: in search of a whale and place names

Every job has its great and not-so-great sides, the perks vs. the drudgery, the good days vs. the not-so-good days. This two-sides-to-every-story phenomenon is most pronounced for me as a tourism academic. On one hand, I get to travel to some amazing destinations but on the other hand, I barely get the chance to see … Continue reading Cape Chronicles Reloaded: in search of a whale and place names

Thoughts on Ghana…so far (2nd November, 2014)

What serendipity is this!?! I have been searching for a document I remember I had once made listing all the cost/scholarship amounts of my expensive university education so far. I just couldn't remember the name of this document so I was going folder by folder opening every word file I come across with the faint … Continue reading Thoughts on Ghana…so far (2nd November, 2014)