This 4th conference (3 days) by the Department of Historical and Critical Studies at the University of Central Lancashire will be held under the auspices of the International Commission for the History of Travel and Tourism, which was ratified as an internal commission of the International Commission for the Historical Sciences at a meeting in Amsterdam in September 2002. Following the distinctive pattern established by the previous Preston conferences, this conference will be interdisciplinary in ethos and the unifying focus will be the tensions between how tourism-related products, processes, identities and destinations have been represented (through such media as advertising, tourist guides, travel writing, novels, cinema and broadcasting), and the ways in which they have been experienced by tourists themselves (using the direct evidence of surveys, interviews, letters, postcards and autobiographies, and the indirect evidence found in, for example, newspaper commentaries and fiscal records). We are currently setting up a programme of plenary speakers, and we would expect many of the individual papers to concentrate either on representations or on experiences. As on previous occasions, we intend to organise parallel sessions through which participants will be able to construct individual programmes to follow their own interests.
University of Central Lancashire
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