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Interviewed by JJ Walsh (Inbound Ambassador - Seek Sustainable Japan)

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Academic Publication

Qu, M., & Zollet, S. (2023). The Power of Small: Creative In-Migrant Micro-Entrepreneurs in Peripheral Japanese Islands during COVID-19. In K. Scherf (Ed.), Adventures in Small Tourism: Studies and Stories (pp. 219–242). University of Calgary Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/jj.7682663.13

Qu, M., & Zollet, Z. (2023). Neo-endogenous revitalisation: Enhancing community resilience through art tourism and rural entrepreneurship. Journal of Rural Studies.97. 105-114. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2022.11.016

 

Zollet, S., & Qu, M. (2023). Rural lifestyle entrepreneurship: opening spaces of possibilities for resilient community economies and local agri-food systems. In P. H. Johansen, A. Tietjen, EB. Iversen, HL. Lolle, & Fisker JK. (Eds.), Rural Quality of Life. Manchester University Press.

Sun, A., Chen, L., Yoshida, K., & Qu, M. (2023). Spatial Patterns and Determinants of Bed and Breakfasts in the All-for-One Tourism Demonstration Area of China: A Perspective on Urban–Rural Differences. Land, 12(9), 1720. https://doi.org/10.3390/land12091720

Qu, M., Funck, C., Usui, R., Jang, K., He, Y., & Lew, A. A. (2023). Island studies and socio-economic development policies in East Asia. Island Studies Journal, 18(1), 226-247. https://doi.org/10.24043/isj.395

Qu, M. (2023). Book Review: Responsible Rural Tourism in Asia, Tourism Geographies, DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2021.1878270

 

Qu, M., McCormick, A. D., & Funck, C. (2022). Community resourcefulness and partnerships in rural tourism, Journal of Sustainable Tourism 30 (10), 2371-2390, special issue of partnership and SDGs, DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2020.1849233

Qu, M. (2022). Socially engaged art tourism, in-migrants micro-entrepreneurship, and peripheral island revitalization.​ Wakayama Tourism Review 3, 17-19

Cheer, J. M., Progano, R. N., Qu, M., & McCormick, A. D. (2022). Tourism in the rural periphery: Revitalization and community resilience in Japan. Handbook of Tourism Impacts: Social and Environmental Perspectives, 295-311.

Ginoza, A., Qu, M., & Papoutsaki, E. (2022). Editors’ Note: Island Cultures and Heritage: Open and Continuous Reflections (OJIS Special Issue in Collaboration with SICRI). Okinawan Journal of Island Studies, 3(1), i-v.

Qu, M. (2022). Book Review: The Challenges of Island StudiesOkinawan Journal of Island Studies, 3(1), i-v.

Qu, M. (2022). Book Review: Rethinking Cultural Tourism. International Journal of Tourism Policy, 12(1)

Qu, M. (2021). Exploring models of art’s rural revitalization from the creative tourism geography perspectives [以创意旅游地理的视角探索艺术振兴乡村模式], Public Art [公共艺术], 5, 24-49

Qu, M., Cheer, J. M. (2021). Community art festivals and sustainable rural revitalisation. Journal of Sustainable Tourism (special issue of event and sustainability), 29(11-12), 1756-1775. DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2020.1856858

Prince, S., Qu, M., & Zollet, S. (2021). The making of art islands: A comparative analysis of translocal assemblages of contemporary art and tourism. Island Studies Journal, 16(2), 235-264.

Qu, M., & Funck, C. (2021). Rural art festival revitalizing a Japanese declining tourism island. Nancy Duxbery Eds, In Cultural Sustainability, Tourism and Development (Re)articulations in Tourism Contexts, (pp. 51-68). Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9780367201777-6

Qu, M., Coulton, T. M., & Funck, C. (2020). Gaps and Limitations - Contrasting Attitudes to Newcomers and Their Role in a Japanese Island Community, Bulletin of the Hiroshima University Museum 12, P. 31-46, DOI: 10.15027/50631

Qu, M. (2020). Teshima - from Island Art to the Art Island. Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 14(2), 250–265. https://doi.org/10.21463/shima.14.2.16

Qu, M. (2019). Book Review: Ten Innovative Ideas of Land Art Festival: How to Revitalize the Community by Japanese Rural Art Festival [大地艺术节的十个创新思想:日本乡村艺术节如何振兴社区?], Public Art [公共艺术], 2, ISSN: 1674-7038, P.106-109 (Chinese)

Qu, M. (2019). "After the Intervention of Art in the Countryside - Study of Setouchi Triennale" [艺术介入乡村之后 ——“濑户内三年展”在地研究], Interviewed by the "Contemporary Artist" magazine, ISSN: 1005-3255, vol.1, 2019. p.12-15 (Chinese)

Zollet, S., Qu, M. (2019). The Role of Domestic In-migrants for the Revitalization of Marginal Island Communities in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. MIRRA (Migration in Remote and Rural Areas) Research and Policy Briefs Series.

Qu, M. (2019). Art Interventions on Japanese Islands: The Promise and Pitfalls of Artistic Interpretations of Community. The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts 14 (3): 19-38. doi:10.18848/2326-9960/CGP/v14i03/19-38.

Qu, M. (2019). Book Review: Conflicts, religion and culture in tourism, Tourism Geographies, 21:3, 556-558, ISSN: 1461-6688, DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2019.1583274

Qu, M. (2018). Regional Revitalization or Art Festival Tourism? Community field work research notes among 2015-2018 Setouchi International Art Festival [地域复兴还是艺术节观光? 2015-2018年濑户内三年展社区田野调查手记], "Public Art", No.5, 2018, ISSN: 1674-7038, P.64-73 (Chinese)

Zollet, S., Qu, M. (2018). Organic Farming and Agricultural Landscape Preservation for the Sustainable Development of Uttarakhand Mountain Villages, Journal of Urban and Regional Studies on Contemporary India 4(2): p. 41-53 

Qu, M. (2017). Sustainable Development Research on Contemporary Art Intervening in Village Regional Regeneration, Public Art [公共艺术], 2, ISSN: 1674-7038, P.72-81

Qu, M. (2017). The Aesthetic Experience of Augmented Reality Art. In J. J. Arango, A. Burbano, F. C. Londoño, & G. M. Mejía (Eds.), ISEA2017 Manizales BIO-CREATION AND PEACE (pp. 79–86). Manizales: Department of Visual Design, Universidad de Caldas, and ISEA International. ISBN: 978-958-759-161-3.

Qu, M. (2016). Sustainable Development Research on Contemporary Art Intervening in Village Regional Regeneration [当代艺术节介入乡村地域再生的可持续发展研究], Public Art [公共艺术], 5, ISSN: 1674-7038, P.38-45 (Chinese)

Editorial Role

Associate Editor

Folk, Knowledge, Place

Regional Editor

Event Management

Guest Editor

Okinawan Journal of Island Studies, Specially issue of "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Small Island Cultures and Heritage" (OJIS-SICRI co-edited vol)

 

Editorial Board Member

Tourism Geographies

Shima

Journal of Marine and Island Cultures

Event Management

Frontiers in Sustainable Tourism

Journal of Responsible Tourism Management

 

External Panel Member 

Responsible Youth Leader Program (RYLP) 2021-2022 is organized by Sarawak Research Society and Southeast Asia Research Academy (SEARA), with the support from Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts (MTCP) Sarawak, Responsible Borneo (REBORN) and Emerald Publishing (East Asia). 

Research Project

 

2022-2024, Rural Art Revitalization - A Comparative Study Between Japan and China [JSPS Kaken 22K13251]

2021-2022, Examination of factors that enhance the resilience of complex tourism systems in the islands of Japan [JSPS Kaken 20K12400]

2021-2022, Island revitalization 'research and artistic integration' documentary film community bridging project

2016-2021, Setouchi Triennale’s Socially-engaged Art Festival Tourism and Revitalization on Declining Island Communities

2019-2020, Community-engaged Shiosai Art Festival, Rural Revitalization and Sustainable Development

2019-2021, The Role of Creative Domestic In-migrants for the Revitalization of Marginal Island Communities in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan

2018-2019, Revitalizing Island Communities: Focus on I-turn Immigrates, Taoyaka On-site team project, Osakishimojima island, Japan

2017, "Organic Farming and Agricultural Landscape Preservation" fieldwork and onsite training, Khurpatal village, Uttarakhand, India

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Presentation

 

2023, "Creative Revitalization - Art and Contents Tourism in the Peripheral Japan, "62nd ERSA Congress Special Session - Outside the frame: creative, cultural and innovative dynamics in non-urban regions, Alicante, Spain

2023, "Neo-endogenous revitalization Enhancing community resilience through art tourism and rural entrepreneurship", 17th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS 2023), Ghent, Belgium

2023, "Creative Island Revitalization Artistic Mapping for Sustainability Education", The 17th International Conference on Small Island Cultures (ISIC) 2023 - Island Innovation, Resilience, and Revitalization, Miyajima, Japan

2023, "Neo-endogenous revitalization Enhancing community resilience through art and creativity-based strategies for rural revitalization", XXIXth European Society for Rural Sociology Congress Crises and the futures of rural areas (ESRS), Rennes, France

2023, "Island studies in East Asia & Revitalization Engaged Art Island Tourism in Japan", Workshops in 2023 Exploring the Future of the Scottish Islands, University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Scotland

2022, "Revitalization Engaged Art Island Tourism Art Islandness, Creative Micro-entrepreneurship & Neo-endogenous Revitalization", International Island Forum, Mokpo, South Korea

2022, "Revitalization Engaged Creative Tourism Micro-entrepreneurship Community Enhancement",International conference within the project CREATOUR Azores - Creative tourism regenerative development and destination resilience, Azores, Portugal

2022, "How to evaluate an Art Community?" Sculpting cities and public art, Huian, China

2022, "Community-based/engaged Art Tourism", International Conference on Responsible Tourism and Hospitality (ICRTH) 2022, Sarawak, Malaysia 

2022, "Neo-endogenous Revitalisation: Increasing Community Resilience through Socially Engaged Art and Creative In-migrant Micro-entrepreneurship", German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Japan

2022, "From Island Arts to the Art Islandness", Island Studies International Conference (ISIC) “Creativity, Ingenuity, and Practice”, The Center for Island Creativity, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK

2022, " Revitalization Engaged Art Tourism Creative In-migrants & Micro-entrepreneurship Art Islandness & Neo-endogenous Revitalization", CTR International Conference "International Tourism Research Salon", Wakayama University, Japan

2021, "Lifestyle migrants in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea’s islands: beyond Western-based conceptualizations of lifestyle migration", “Islands and Migration” Research Symposium, Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI)

2021, "The neo-endogenous role of micro-entrepreneurship in the context of art festival tourism development in peripheral islands", European Regional Science Association (ERSA) 2021 conference

2021, "The role of creative in-migrants in the revitalization of Japan’s shrinking island communities", European Association for Japanese Studies 2021 conference

2021, "Partnerships for Revitalization: Small Businesses in an Island Art Festival", International Geographical Congress (IGU) 2021 conference

2021, "Enhancing creative rurality and islandness: hovering between global art festival intervention and peripheral community revitalization", CREATOUR International Webinar - Highlighting distinctiveness: Connecting travel to community and sense of place

2021, “Rural art tourism revitalization and creative social resilience under Covid impact”, One World Seminar (OWH) Session 03: tourism and pandemics in world heritage sites

2020, "The Influence of Setouchi Triennale's Rural Art Festival Tourism on the Revitalization of Shrinking Islands in the Seto Inland Sea", The inaugural colloquium of the IFoU (International Forum on Urbanism) Young Ambassador - 'The Transforming Urban-Rural Spaces: Interdisciplinary Perspectives'

2020, “What is ‘Revitalization’? Differing Interpretations by Island Festival Stakeholders”, 2nd International Conference of Critical Tourism Studies Asia Pacific, Wakayama University, Japan

2019, "The Changes of Small-scale Tourism Businesses on Islands after the Setouchi Triennale" (Poster), The 27th Seto Inland Sea Research Forum in Hiroshima Sustainable Development Goals in the Seto Inland Sea Collaboration between Satomizu and Satoumi for (SDGs), Seto Inland Sea Research Conference, Hiroshima

2019, "The Influence of Setouchi International Art Festival and Rural Triennale Tourism on the Revitalization of Island Communities in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan - Case Study from Meigijima and Ogijima islands", ISIC 15: “Island Festivals and Music Tourism”, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

2019, "'Newcomers that the community wants' versus 'outsiders that the community possibly attracts' - social practice research in the Mitarai island community, Seto Inland Sea", Geography Science Spring Conference 2019, Hiroshima University, Japan

2019, "Role of creative in-migrants in the revitalization of small island communities in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan", AAG (American Association of Geographers)  2019 conference, Washington DC, USA

2018, “Bottom-up Development of New Local Tourism Businesses under the Influence of Setouchi International Art Festival - Comparative Study of Teshima and Shodoshima Islands, Japan”, IGU Regional Conference – CAG Annual Meeting – NCGE Annual Conference, Québec City Conference Centre, Québec city, Canada

2018, “The Influence of Setouchi International Art Festival and Rural Triennale Tourism on the Revitalization of Island Communities in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan - Case Study of Teshima”, Tourism Geographies conference, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, La Malbaie, Québec, Canada

2018, “Influence of Setouchi Triennale's Contemporary Art Interventions on the Revitalization of Island Communities in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan (Case studies from Teshima and Inujima)”, the 13th International Conference on The Arts in Society, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada

2018, “The Setouchi International Art Festival's Triennale Tourism Influences on the Revitalization of Shodoshima - Focus on Both Top-down and Bottom-up Local and Non- Local Participation Aspects”, on The Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia (COSTA) 2018, Hiroshima, Japan

2017, “Influence of Setouchi Triennale's contemporary art interventions on the revitalization of island communities in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan: Case study from Shodoshima“, on Culture, Sustainability, and Place: Innovative Approaches for Tourism Development, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal 

2017, "The Aesthetic Experience of Augmented Reality Art", on the 32rd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2017 - XVI 16th International Image Festival, Colombia

2015, "A discussion about Process Philosophy and AR art form transformation from Work to Event”, the 4th conference of Japan-Korea joint international culture on art studies, “The Theory and Reality of Convergence in Arts”, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea

2014, "The Aesthetic Experiences of AR art”, the 2nd conference of Korea-Japan joint international culture on art studies, “Art-Culture-Creativity  and Interdisciplinary Research”, Hiroshima University, Japan

2014, "The Aesthetic Experiences of Augmented Space”, The 7th International Conference of Eastern Aesthetics, “East Asian Art Culture in the Era of Globalization”, Yeungnam University, Korea

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Organized Conference/Panel/Session

 

2023, (Chair) - The 17th International Conference on Small Island Cultures (ISIC) 2023 - Island Innovation, Resilience, and Revitalization, Miyajima, Japan

2022, (Co-chair) - Island Studies International Conference (ISIC) 2022 - Creativity, Ingenuity, and Practice, SICRI & The UHI Centre for Island Creativity (CIC), Shetland, UK

2022, (Panel Chair) - Art, Islands & Creativity in Precarious Times, Island Studies International Conference (ISIC) 2022, Shetland, UK

        1. Shiu Hong Simon Tu – Island Revitalization and the Setouchi Triennale: Ethnographic Reflection on Three Local Event

        2. Solène Prince, Meng Qu – The Making of Art Islands – Assemblages of contemporary art and tourism on Bornholm and Naoshim

        3. Alia Hamadeh – Contemporary island historiography and environmental codifications of architecture: the art museum on Naoshim

        4. Kate Listonis – The Island, the Bench and the Sofa at Home: The archipelago-like network of artists and audiences involved in the exhibition Town Hall Meeting of the Air, 2021, and its 2022 tour.

        5. Meng Qu – From Island Arts to the Art Islandness

2020, (Panel Chair) - Art in the Periphery: Successes and Challenges of Art and Cultural Tourism-Based Revitalization Initiatives in Rural Communities, 2nd International Conference of Critical Tourism Studies Asia Pacific, Wakayama University, Japan

    Part I: Social Art and Placemaking (Discussant: Solène Prince)

        1. Gunhild Borggreen – Returning the Gaze: Art Projects as Reflections of Intrusion

        2. Yao (Nancy) Ji – (PhD student, Keio University) The evolving role of architecture in Japans post growth revitalization

        3. Almira Astudillo GIlles – Art for our sake: Cultural iden􏰀ty at the BenCab Museum.

    Part II: Art Festivals and Revitalization (Discussant: Carolin Funck)

        4. Misuzu Toba – The Impact of “Traditional” Events on Tradition and Communities in Japan

        5. Eimi Tagore-Erwin – Large-Scale Art Festivals in Japan: Fueling Revitalization and Tourism

        6. Shiu Hong Simon – Volunteering in Art Festivals of Rural Japan: An Anthropological Perspective

        7. Meng Qu – What is “Revitalization”? Differing Interpretations by Island Festival Stakeholders

    Part III: Art Islands and Creative Landscapes (Discussant: Susanne Klien)

        8. Solène Prince – Artist Networks on a Small Island: Creativity and Networking on Bornholm, Denmark

        9. Simona Zollet, Meng Qu – Lifestyle migrants for the Revitalization of Marginal Island Communities in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan

        10. A. D. McCormick – Finding a Creative Class on the Art Island

        11. Yachen He – Art Tourism and Shifting Cultural Landscapes in a Small Japanese Island Community

2019, (Panel Chair) - Rural development in disadvantaged rural communities through agriculture and tourism: challenges and opportunities, AAG (American Association of Geographers)  2019 conference, Washington DC, USA

        1. Meng Qu, Simona Zollet – Role of creative in-migrants in the revitalization of small island communities in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan

        2. Simona Zollet – Newcomer organic farmers and the ‘new rurality’: multifunctional rural development pathways in the Italian Alps

        3. Su Guandong – Farmland Abandonment and Agriculture Characteristics in Japan: Regional Differences and Prospects

        4. Nguyen Hoang – Tourism and poverty: Perspectives and experiences of local residents in Cu Lao Cham MPA, Vietnam 

        5. Yachen He – Art intervention in the depopulated island community of Teshima: conflicts between local culture and art development

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Guest Lectures, Invited Talks and Workshops

2021-2023, "Art and Rural Revitalization", South China Normal University

2020-2023, "Revitalizing the Setouchi Triennale (ST) among Different Participating Island Communities: a comparative study from 2015 to 2020", National Taiwan University

2022, "From community-based art tourism to community-engaged revitalization", Yamaguchi University

2022, Rural Revival in Small Island Cultures in the Shikoku-Chugoku area of Japan, interviewed by by JJ Walsh (Inbound Ambassador - Seek Sustainable Japan)

2021-2022, IGS Idea mining workshop, Hiroshima University, Japan

2020, "Sustainable art, sustainable festival, and sustainable island revitalization", The art of coping - art practice, resilience and the limits of creativity

2020, “The Future of Diversity”, The 5th Cross-cultural Forum, Takeda Junior High School, Hachihonmatsu Regional Center, Japan

2018, “Who’s art festival is it?”, the Early Spring Study Tour, Shanghai, China

2018, “Public art intervention and community revitalization in disadvantaged areas of rural Japan”, Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China

2018, “Influence of Setouchi Triennale's Art Interventions on the Revitalization of Teshima Islands”, the Sustainable tourism development and planning field school on the Great Ocean Road, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

2018, "Art intervention and community revitalization", College of Social Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

2017, “Are you asking good questions?" workshop, Hiroshima University, Higashihiroshima, Japan

2016, “Fengshui and Geography”, The 2nd Cross-cultural Forum, Takeda Junior High School, Higashihiroshima, Japan

2013, “Augmented Future", BarCamp 2013, Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China

2012, "Future Story", IFcity, Digital Media Interaction Design Lab of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Industry Consultant

2023, Commissioned by the Setouchi Tourism Promotion Organization (DMO) to develop a model route to promote tourism around the Setouchi region.

2022,Sustainable Tourism Content Enhancement Project "Tourism Content Creation Project Utilizing [Environment], [Industry], and [Education] Connected by Learning, Tamano city, Okayama Pref., Japan

 

Teaching Experience

 

Undergraduate Courses in Hiroshima University 

  • Rural Revitalization (AQS00701) 2021-2023

  • Tourism Studies (AQS00601) - Creative Tourism in Rural Japan 2021-2023

  • Seminar on Field Research for Area Studies 2019-2022

  • Japanese Tourism - Art Tourism 2018-2019

  • Regional Geography of Seto Inland Sea 2020

  • Academic Presentation and Infographic Design 2017-2022

  • Sports exercise (Aikido) (70060034) 2020-2023

 

Graduate Courses in Hiroshima University 

  • Sustainable Tourism Development (WMJ60801) 2017-2020

  • Academic Presentation Skill Advance Course 2017-2020

 

Graduate Courses in Master's Program in Biodiversity (MPB), National Taiwan University 

  • Landscape identity: transcultural and ecological local practices (MPB5060) 2022

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Awards & Research Grant​​

2022-2024, Rural Art Revitalization - A Comparative Study Between Japan and China [JSPS Kaken 22K13251]

2021-2022, Examination of factors that enhance the resilience of complex tourism systems in the islands of Japan [JSPS Kaken 20K12400]

2021-2022, Island revitalization 'research and artistic integration' documentary film community bridging project

2020-2021, Hiroshima University Graduate School Leader Program Excellent Scholarship

2020-2021, JASSO International Student Scholarship

2020, Hiroshima University Graduate School Leader Program Excellent Scholarship

2020, Graduate Student Paper Award, the 2nd International Conference of Critical Tourism Studies Asia Pacific, Wakayama University, Japan

2020, Hiroshima University Excellent Student Scholarship

2016-2020, Hiroshima University Taoyaka Program for Leading Graduate Schools Grant

2016, JASSO International Student Scholarship

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