Tourism, Art, and Modernity

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Kroeber 219
Graburn, N
Th 2 - 4 pm

This seminar is intended for graduate students and visiting scholars with interests in research involving tourism and heritage – embedded of course in other phenomena. It is for those who are beginning to get a grip on the topic, writing research proposals, preparing Field Statements, undertaking research, and writing up honors, masters or doctoral research. After the basic reading, the seminar focuses on the main interests of the participants, so please email or come and see me about your interests.

This seminar explores some of the core features of modernity and globalizing forces. Touristic and Heritage processes are emblematic of modernity and are a major force in the transnational penetration to hinterlands and the III and IV Worlds. Key tropes are tradition, heritage and authenticity. Artistic expressions may now be created as a measure of modernity, both to express new (national) identities and as (ethnic) resistance to cultural appropriation. Other art forms are preserved from pre-modernity but used the same way. The course also focuses on museums, cultural/self-commoditization, sex and romance tourism, development and pro-poor tourism, ecotourism, voluntourism and other forms of moralization and exploitation.

In mid-April the seminar will accommodate visiting scholars and an international conference on the place of popular culture and mythology (‘contentsu tsourismu’) in digital imaginaries, virtual reality, neo-pilgrimages and culturally disruptive formations. Your input is welcome!

This course focuses on reading the key works and recent developments. The emphasis will be on topics of immediate professional interest to the participants and the instructor. Books and articles may be distributed digitally or put on reserve.

This seminar will probably be held on THURSDAY AFTERNOON 2-4 p.m. in the Faculty Staff Lounge, 2 nd Floor, 219 Kroeber Hall; Please also join the Tourism Studies Working Group.