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Tourism Imaginaries - An International Conference, Berkeley (CA), USA, 18.-20.02.2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joachim Willms [Managing Director]   

Tourism Imaginaries /
Imaginaires Touristiques

 


 

Berkeley (CA)

February 18th-20th, 2011 / 18 au 20 février 2011


 

UC Berkeley

 

Pantheon-Sorbonne


 

Organised by / Organisé par :
TOURISM STUDIES WORKING GROUP (TSWG),
University of California, Berkeley


EQUIPE INTERDISCIPLINAIRE D’ETUDES SUR LE TOURISME (EIREST),
INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDIES AND RESEARCH ON TOURISM(IREST),
University of Paris 1 Pantheon‐Sorbonne




Imaginaries of place, destination, and travel are increasingly produced/consumed by diverse populations around the globe through expanding forms of media and opportunities for travel. A range of players collaboratively produces spatial imaginaries (the potential power of place as a tourist destination) in touristic systems.

The tourist imaginary, as a nexus of social practices through which individuals and groups intersect to establish a place as a credible destination, has yet to be fully explored or defined. When they are negative, they foster avoidance of the places. They intervene not on at the moment of choice, but also on the spot, deciding for or against certain practices. We have organized this conference with the goal of a deepening of knowledge of and advancing research methods and scholarship, towards a more complete understanding of the tourist imaginary.
We seek papers that not only conceive the imaginary to be a fixed space at an exact location, also take into account the multiplicity of articulations which exist in all directions (and before and after) in the production of these representations, taking into account both cultural/institutional and personal perspectives. We are looking for papers that not only analyze tourism imaginaries as lineal visions but also apply dynamic perspectives that explore those mutually engaged in tourism to be both producersand consumersof imaginaries

We encourage submissions from across disciplinary perspectives exploring (but not limited to) the themes and sub‐themes below. We solicit differnt disciplinary approaches (e.g. philosophy, aesthetics, psychology, anthropology, history, etc.)

+ ASPECTS OF THE SOCIAL PRODUCTION AND DIFFUSION OF TOURIST IMAGINARIES
‐The production of imaginaries in the context of global competition
‐The transformative influences of information and information sources
‐The abilities of advertizing and marketing to transform imaginaries
‐The accumulation (sedimentation) of layers of the imaginary
‐Diplomatic and geopolitical hazards and relations of power
‐Objects perpetuating imaginaries: souvenirs, photos, postcards
‐Different media stakeholders: media, photographers, blogs etc.

+ ASPECTS OF RECEPTION AND CONSUMPTION OF IMAGINARIES
‐The influences of imaginaries in the choice of destinations
‐Concordance and dissonance between imaginaries and experience
‐Temporalities of the imaginary (the cultural persistence of imaginaries over time; The flux of personal imaginaries during the tourist experience of a trip)
‐The mystification of tourist sites adhering to a strong imaginary, and the imagination of tourism’s role related to the modernization process.

+GEO‐SEMANTICS OF TOURIST IMAGINARIES
‐Do the stereotypic forms of tourist imaginaries fall into certain types?
‐What are they and what are their characteristics?
‐Could one construct a “geography” of the tourist imaginary?

+ CONFLICT/COMPETITION BETWEEN AND/OR WITHIN IMAGINARIES AND NARRATIVES
‐Explorations of the intersecting, divergent, parallel, conflicting, competing multitude of imaginaries of a single geographical location
‐Examinations of production/consumption of those whose labor, leisure and life converge around imaginaries [(potential/ex‐) travelers, industry members/workers, residents]
‐Beyond the Frame: what is left to the imagination beyond all the stories, pictures and brochures?

+ STABILITY AND CHANGE
‐Stability and change of imaginaries in cultural (not personal) time
‐Changes in imaginaries and the forces behind change (institutional/experiential)
‐Stability and change imaginaries in tourists’ minds –before/during/after travel
‐Tourist‐historic imaginary (cf. tourist‐historic city) and the concept of mentalité
‐The continual enactment of the tourist imaginary in tourist venues and the attractions/performances and spectacles offered to tourists.

PLANNING SCHEDULE:

MAY 2010: Announce the call for papers.
JULY 15TH: Deadline for the submission of proposals.
OCTOBER 15TH: Selection and contacts with authors.
NOVEMBER: Announcement of the Program.
18‐20 FEBRUARY 2011: Conference in Berkeley.
APRIL 2011: Papers submitted to Scientific Committee for revision and publication.
MAY/JUNE 2011:Close consultation on publication plans.
July 2011: First set of revised papers compiled and submitted to publisher.

 

PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH:
Daytime: Local/Regional Excursion
Afternoon: Orientation and Reception
Evening :Opening Banquet, Keynote Address

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH:
Concurrent Sessions, morning and afternoon
Luncheon Keynote
Evening: Film showing (French and English) and Discussion

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH:
Concurrent Sessions 2sessions X5 speakers each,10/day
Luncheon Keynote
Closing Reception – at P.A .Hearst Museum
(One panel will be reserved for French speakers,
with sequential translation)



CONTACT INFORMATION:

Maria GRAVARI‐BARBAS: maria.gravari‐ This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Nelson GRABURN:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  


SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE / COMITE SCIENTIFIQUE:

Chronis ATHINODOROS, Marketing, California State U., Stanislaus
Alexis BUNTEN, Anthropology, California State U., Humboldt
Charles CARROLL, Interdisciplinary Studies, U C Berkeley,
Mahlon CHUTE, History of Art and Architecture, U C Santa Barbara
Béatrice COLLIGNON, Geography, Paris 1 Panthéon‐Sorbonne U.
Saskia COUSIN, Sociology/Anthropology, François‐Rabelais U, IIAC‐LAIOS+EIREST
Catherine COVEY, Architecture, U C Berkeley,
Jenny CHIO, Visual Anthropology, U. of Technology, Sydney
Bernard DEBARBIEUX, Geography, Geneva U.
Jennifer DEVINE, Geography, U C Berkeley,
Jean‐Christophe GAY, Geography, Nice U.
Nelson GRABURN, Anthropology, U C Berkeley and IICTD, London Metropolitan U.
Maria GRAVARI‐BARBAS, Geography, Paris 1 Panthéon‐Sorbonne U., IREST, EIREST
Stephanie HOM, Italian Studies, U of Oklahoma
Isabelle LEFORT, Geography, Lyon 2 U.
Naomi LEITE, Anthropology, U C Berkeley
LU Jin, Anthropology, Xiamen University
Claudio MINCA, Geography, Royal Holloway and WageningenU.
David PICARD, Anthropology, Lisbon U.
Ben PORTER, Near Eastern Studies, U C Berkeley, (pending)
Mike ROBINSON, Geography, Leeds Metropolitan U.
Noel SALAZAR, Anthropology, University of Leuven
Jean‐François STASZAK, Geography, Geneva U.
LinaTEGTMEYER, North American Studies, JFK University, Berlin
Jean‐Didier URBAIN, Linguistics, Paris V U.


 
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