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Dr Mary Mostafanezhad

Mary_Mostafanezhad_imageLecturer

Office: Commerce 4.48
Tel: + 64 3 479 8430
Email: mary.mostafanezhad@otago.ac.nz

Mary Mostafanezhad’s background

Mary Mostafanezhad joined the Department of Tourism at the University of Otago in June of 2012 with a PhD in anthropology from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (2011). Since 2004, Mary has been engaged in longitudinal ethnographic research in northern Thailand with several communities and non-governmental organizations that use tourism as a social and economic development strategy.

Mary Mostafanezhad’s research interests

Mary’s main research interests lie at the intersection of the political economy and cultural politics of tourism development. She is also interested in the interplay of tourism and transnational social movements. Mary’s current research examines humanitarian travel in the Thai-Burma Borderzone.
Mary has published on cultural, volunteer and ecotourism development in northern Thailand

Mary currently lectures in TOUR101 (Introduction to Tourism), TOUR102 (Global Tourism), TOUR423 (Advanced Tourism Concepts), TOUR424 (Tourism Fieldwork) and TOUR 427 (Tourism and Development Ethnographic Fieldschool).

Research interests

  • Political Economy/Ecology
  • Cultural politics
  • Humanitarianism
  • Development
  • Economic anthropology
  • Southeast Asia


Mary Mostafanezhad’s major works

Mostafanezhad, M. (forthcoming 2013). Sentimental Sojourns: Volunteer Tourism and Popular Humanitarianism in a Neoliberal Era. London: Ashgate Press, New Directions in Tourism Analysis Series. IBSN: 978-1-4094-6953-7

Mostafanezhad, M., & Hannam, K. (Eds.). (forthcoming 2013). “Moral Encounters in Tourism.” Honolulu: Ashgate Press, Current Developments in the Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Series. ISBN: 978-1-4724-1844-9

Mary Mostafanezhad’s selected publications

Mostafanezhad, M. (co-authored with Oaks, T. and Sin, H.). (forthcoming 2015). Invited Special Issue on Volunteer Tourism, Editorial Introduction. Tourist Studies.

Mostafanezhad, M and Azizi, S. (forthcoming 2014). The Phenomenology of World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) in Hawai‘i: Farm Hosts’ Perspectives. In K. Dashper (Ed.). Rural Tourism: An International Perspective. Cambridge University Press.

Mostafanezhad, M. (available online May 2013). Returning the Gaze: Exploring the Possibility for Dialogical Tourism in Northern Thailand. Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research.

Mostafanezhad, M. (2013). ‘Getting in Touch with Your Inner Angelina’: Celebrity Humanitarianism and the Cultural Politics of Gendered Generosity in Volunteer Tourism. Third World Quarterly, 34(3), 485-499.

Mostafanezhad, M. (forthcoming 2013). Introducing Moral Encounters in Tourism. In M. Mostafanezhad & K. Hannam (Eds.), “Moral Encounters in Tourism.” Ashgate Press, Current Developments in the Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Series.

Mostafanezhad, M. (available online May 2013). Locating the Tourist in Volunteer Tourism.Current Issues in Tourism.

Mostafanezhad, M. (2013). The Geography of Compassion in Volunteer Tourism. Tourism Geographies, 15(2).

Mostafanezhad, M. (available online June 2013). The Politics of Aesthetics in Volunteer tourism. Annals of Tourism Research.

Conran, M. (2011). ‘They Really Love Me’: Intimacy in Volunteer Tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 38(4): 1454-1473.

Fuchs, R., Conran, M., & Louis, E. (2011). Climate Change—Can Asia’s Coastal Cities Meet the Challenge? Environment and Urbanization Asia, 2(1): 13-28.
Conran, M. (2006). Commentary: Beyond Authenticity: Exploring Intimacy in the Touristic Encounter. Tourism Geographies, 8(3): 274-285.

Mary Mostafanezhad’s selected Conference presentations

Conference Panels & Roundtables Organised and Chaired

Mostafanezhad, M. (2013). Traveling for a Cause: Critical Examinations of Volunteer Tourism and Social Justice, I, II & III. Organized and chaired panel at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California.

Mostafanezhad, M. (2013). Critical Tourism Studies Working Group Roundtable. Organized and chaired roundtable at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Mostafanezhad, M. (2012). Blurred Boundaries of Care in Neoliberal Times: KONY 2012 and Other Ambiguities of Work and Leisure in Contemporary International Development. Organized panel at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Conran, M. (2012). Off the Beaten Track: New Modes of Travel and Encounter in Asia and the Pacific. Organized the Critical Tourism Studies Consortium inaugural semi-annual roundtable, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Conran, M. (2012). The Political Ecology of Alternative Food Systems. Organized and chaired panel at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, New York.

Conran, M. (2012). Moral Encounters in Tourism I, II & III. (Triple panel) discussant, organized and chaired panel at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, New York.

Conran, M. (2011). Neoliberal Interventions and the Cultural Politics of the Development Encounter. Organized panel at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

Conran, M. (2011). The Politics of Tourism: Exploring Eco, Volunteer and Community-based Tourism in Different Locales. Chaired panel at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

Conran, M. (2003). New Spaces of Tourism and Tourism Thought. Chaired panel at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Conference paper presentations

Mostafanezhad, M. (2013). Beyond Brangelina: Volunteer Tourism and the Humanitarian Gaze. Critical Tourism Studies Conference, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovia.

Mostafanezhad, M. (2013). The Political Economy of Aesthetics in Volunteer Tourism. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California.

Mostafanezhad, M. (2013). The Politics of Aesthetics in Volunteer Tourism. Council for the Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education Annual Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Conran, M. (2012). The Cultural Politics of Care in Volunteer Tourism. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Conran, M. (2012). Getting in Touch with Your Inner Angelina’: Celebrity Humanitarianism and the Cultural Politics of Gendered Volunteer Tourism Mobilities in Northern Thailand. Australian Anthropological Society Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Conran, M. (2012). Decolonizing the Classroom: Reflections on Teaching in a Multicultural Classroom in Hawai‘i. Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World, Phuket, Thailand.

Conran, M. (2012). Getting in Touch with Your Inner Angelina’: The Cultural Politics of Gendered Generosity in Volunteer Tourism. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, New York.

Conran, M. (2011). Transnational Environmental Politics and Sustainable Tourism Development in Northern, Thailand. By proxy at the 11th International Conference on Thai Studies: Visions of the Future, Bangkok, Thailand.

Conran, M. (2011). I Want to See/Save the World’: The Geography of Compassion in Volunteer Tourism. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

Conran, M. (2011). They Come For Our Pristine Forest!”: Exploring the Political Ecology of Volunteer Tourism Development in Northern Thailand. Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

Conran, M. (2011). Climate Change and Asia’s Coastal Urban Cities: Can They Meet the Challenge? Asian Studies Conference, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Conran, M. (2011). I Want to See/Save the World’: The Geography of Compassion in Volunteer Tourism. Imaginaries Touristiques/ Tourism Imaginaries International Conference, Berkeley, California.

Conran, M. (2010). The Cultural Politics of Sentimentality in Volunteer Tourism in Northern Thailand. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Conran, M. (2010). 'They Really Love Me!’: Exploring the Cultural Politics of Sentimentality in Volunteer Tourism. International Cultural Studies Capstone Project Colloquium, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Conran, M. (2010). The Cultural Politics of Sentimentality in Volunteer Tourism in Northern Thailand. Graduate Student Colloquium, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Conran, M. (2010). Moralizing the Market: An Inquiry into the Cultural Politics of Sentimentality in Volunteer Tourism. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.

Conran, M. (2010). 'How can I help?’ or ‘How have I hurt?’: Exploring Cosmopolitan Morality in Volunteer Tourism in Northern Thailand. By proxy at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Merida, Mexico.

Conran, M. (2009). Converging Interests?: The Cultural Politics of Volunteer Tourism in Northern Thailand. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Conran, M. (2007). Returning the Gaze: Exploring the Possibility for a Dialogical Tourism. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Conran, M. (2007). (Re) Presentation and the Politics of Invisibility: Interrogating the Image in Picture Postcards from Northern Thailand. School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies, Graduate Student Conference, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Conran, M. (2007). Discussant at theMekong Tourism: Learning Across Borders II. Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Conran, M. (2005). Beyond Authenticity: Exploring Intimacy in the Touristic Encounter. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Conran, M. (2005). Beyond Authenticity: Exploring Intimacy in the Touristic Encounter. Border Tourism and Community Development Conference, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China.

Conran, M. (2005). Beyond Authenticity: Exploring Intimacy in the Touristic Encounter. University of Oregon Colloquium Series, Eugene, Oregon.

Conran, M. (2005). Beyond Authenticity: Exploring Intimacy in the Touristic Encounter. Western States Folklore Society Meeting, Eugene, Oregon.

Conran, M. (2004). Beyond Authenticity: Exploring Intimacy in the Touristic Encounter. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Other publications

Conran, M. (2004). Summary of Reconnaissance for an In-Depth Study of Agroforestry and Community Forests in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand. Online publication: http://www.ecotippingpoints.org/our-stories/indepth/thailand-watershed-forest-agroforestry-community-management.html#update.

Mary Mostafanezhad’s PhD supervision

PhD: Tess Guiney. Department of Geography, University of Otago, “Constructive Development or Commodification of Orphans? Orphanage Tourism Impacts in Cambodia”

PhD: Jasmine Zhang . Department of Tourism, University of Otago, “Dualistic Conundrums in Ethnic Tourism: The Role of Ecological Thought”

PhD: Susan Weidmann. Department of Tourism, University of Otago, “The Enduring Appeal of Mystery: Unlocking the secrets of competing narratives of commemoration versus commodification in dark tourism”

PhD: Kelsey Johansen. Department of Tourism, University of Otago, “WOOFERS: Volunteer Tourism or Service Learning? An Examination of Sustainable Food Consumption and Alternative Food Network Participation Trends Pre and Post Experience”

PhD: Yulei Guo. Department of Tourism, University of Otago, “Chinese ‘Leftover’ Girls and Independent Travel: Resisting Gender Norms through Self Re-Presentations in Travel Blogs in Shangri-la”