Bio (Ann-Kathrin McLean)
Tourism and Hospitality Management
Ann-Kathrin McLean’s research evaluates memory studies in contemporary society and the interplay between heritage tourism, war remembrance and place-based pedagogy. In the 21st century, history mediation assists to develop memory into remembrance and finally education, bearing in mind that stories originally shared by first-hand narratives will become embedded in commemorative activities and tours at memorial sites. Of specific focus is how young Germans (third and fourth post-war generations) interpret sites of Nazi war heritage and construct individual meaning. In order to help mitigate the memory loss across generations, McLean investigates how digital media and other interpretive tools can be successfully implemented at sites of memory to engage interaction and assist in fostering education of the subject matter.
McLean has more than 10 years of experience in a number of tourism sectors that include accommodation, food and beverage, events and festivals and live theatre. She has been the production manager for international performing arts productions at the largest theatre festival in Europe and obtained hotel industry experience in the Middle East. She taught at Capilano University in the School of Tourism. Currently, she the research assistant for the War Heritage Research Initiative, a series of documentaries directed and produced by Dr. Geoffrey Bird and co-teaches in the MATM.
McLean holds a Bachelor of Tourism Management from Thompson Rivers University (2012) and a Master of Arts in Tourism Management from Royal Roads University (2016). She is a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Social Sciences program at Royal Roads University. She also holds an Events and Conventions Management Diploma (2010) and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business Administration (2013) from Thompson Rivers University.