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Yunzhen Zhang image 2020Doctoral research abstract

This research introduces and investigates awe in tourism contexts as a response to the emotional and affective turn in tourism studies. Since tourism is closely connected to embodied emotions, affective practices, and multi-sensuous encounters, exploring what an emotion or affect does through tourism would largely contribute to our understanding of the relationship between emotion, tourist subjects and places. Awe has been long perceived as a sublime feeling, which is arguably one of the most desirable experiences for tourists. However, limited attempts have been made to examine awe in tourism research. Thus it will be a valuable and challenging project by examining awe in tourism settings, where I attempt to explore what awe does with regard to tourist subject positions and tourism places.

Education

Master of Management Science in Tourism Management, School of Economics and Commerce, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China (2014)
Bachelor of Management Science in Tourism Management, College of Tourism, Hainan University, Haikou, China (2010)

Scholarships & Awards

University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship, University of Otago, New Zealand (2019)
Excellent Postgraduate Leader Scholarship of South China University of Technology, South China University of Technology, China (2015)
Postgraduate Scholarship of South China University of Technology, South China University of Technology, China (2014-2017)
Hainan University Undergraduate Scholarship, Hainan University, China (2010-2014)

Primary research interests

Emotional and Affective Tourism
Religious Tourism
Hospitality and Tourism Higher Education

Teaching experience

Teaching Assistant (tutoring or marking)

Tourism Methods and Analysis (2020), University of Otago, New Zealand
The Principle of Hospitality (2016), South China University of Technology, China
Marketing (2016), South China University of Technology, China

Publications

Li, L. & Zhang, Y. (2016). A review of foreign research on work-based learning [in Chinese]. International and Comparative Education, 38(8), 79-87.

Presentations

Zhang, Y & Li, L (2019). “What fosters tourist well-being in scared sites? A case of Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, China”, 2019 Critical Hospitality Studies Symposium, Chengdu, China
Zhang, Y & Li, L (2016). “Measuring tourist well-being in the religious holy land”, The 10th China Tourism Forum, Nanjing, China