Julia Harrison

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BA (Saskatchewan) MA (Calgary) DPhil (Oxford)


Julia Harrison conducts research on the nature of the tourist interaction and experience; and most recently on Ontario cottage culture. Other research interests include the politics of representation of Canadian Aboriginal cultures in museums; the history of Canadian anthropology; and the culture of non-profit institutions.  Her book Being a Tourist (UBC Press) was published in 2003; in 2006 she co-edited volume (with Regna Darnell, UWO) Historicizing Canadian Anthropology (UBC Press).  She recently guest edited (with Sue Frohlick, University of Manitoba), a special issue of Tourist Studies, called Engaging Ethnography: Research with Tourists. She has published in a range of museum, tourism and anthropology journals including Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, Museum Anthropology, International Sociology, and Journal of Applied Behavioural Science.  In 2005-06 she served as President of the Canadian Anthropology Society/la société canadienne d’ anthropologie.  Prior joining the Anthropology faculty at Trent in 1994, she had a 16 year career as a museum curator in Canada and Australia.  In addition to fieldwork in various parts of Canada including Alberta, Saskatchewan; Manitoba; central Ontario, and downtown Toronto, she has done extensive research in Hawai’i.  She has supervised graduate students at Trent in Anthropology, the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies (both MA and PhD) and in Theory, Culture, Politics.  

At the undergraduate level she taught courses on tourism and the tourist experience; ethnographies of Canadian Aboriginal peoples; and an introduction to sociocultural anthropology. At the graduate level she taught courses on Canada as ‘cultural spectacle; qualitative research methods; and directed a course on intellectual traditions of Canadian Studies.