This conference seeks to uncover the role of tourism in this process of historicisation through diverse epistemological approaches. The aim of this conference is to examine the ways in which memory is appropriated in tourism, both at the individual and collective level, in the articulation of identities, the construction of imaginaries about people and places, the re-invention of the past as an instrument of rule and dominance and as form of resistance. In the context of increasing mobilities - particularly in the forms of neo-nationalism and transnationalism - the conference seeks to confront the rise of memory and its social values in touristic practice. What role does memory play in the construction of “globalised public space”? How does it simultaneously represent both universalizing and particularizing phenomena? And how does it shape new mobilities, ‘mixed cultures’, networks, exchange and renewed ways of communication?
We invite scholarly interventions from diverse disciplines and fields including: tourism studies, history, geography, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, heritage and museum studies. Given this conference aims to understand how and why remembrance tourism is now a globalized phenomenon we also welcome comparative approaches.
The conference dates: September 8-10, 2014
The conference Venue: Le Chambon sur Lignon, France
Themes we propose to explore in this conference but not limited to include:
● Connections between remembrance, commemoration, tourism and politics: Is the rise of memory or remembrance in public politics a global
phenomenon? What are the new categories of public practices in tourism and renewed categories in tourism politics (like remembering tourism as a form of cultural tourism)?
● Memory and construction of tourism imaginaries: How is memory appropriated in tourism, both at the individual and collective level? How are memories used in the articulation of identities and constructions of imaginaries about people and places?
● Tourism, memory and regimes of values: How can the convergence between social memory and tourism present as a selective process? How is memory appropriated by individuals and groups to shape, modify and produce particular systems of dispositions and culture?
● Tourism and Nostalgia: How tourism can be used to restore and re-establishe “lieux de mémoire,” and “milieux de mémoire”. Why “at particular historical moments” when consciousness of a break with the past tears apart memory, its embodiment in certain sites, touristic or pilgrimage, where a sense of historical continuity still persisted, becomes all too necessary to restore memory to its former spaces?
The methodology of presentation and discussion: Since this conference is being organized around specific major themes, we propose to convene special session around some of these themes and invite discussions on based on precirculation of full-length papers to be circulated at least one month before the conference to all who indicate a special interest in particular themes. Other sessions will be based on oral addresses. The interested participants may therefore mention their mode of presentation (discussion on precirculated papers or oral presentations) at the time of submitting their abstracts.
DEADLINE for long abstracts: All abstracts should be written in English and must not exceed 1000 words in length. Abstracts should be sent to email@example.com before 30 November 2013, and must include: author(s), affiliation(s), a summary of the research aims, approach and key arguments/findings, and the mode of the presentation.
Official Partners: University of Cergy-Pontoise (France), Amar Singh College, University of Kashmir (India), University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences (Netherland), University of Laval (Canada), University of Trois Rivières (Canada)
Anne Hertzog, University of Cergy-Pontoise, France
Remy Knafou,Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, France
Rafiq Ahmad,Amar Singh College, Kashmir University, India
For any information regarding the conference please contact Anne Hertzog: email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; mobile: (00 33 6 42 53 91 30)
Dr. Anne Hertzog
Maitre de conference en géographie
Université de Cergy-Pontoise - France
+336 42 53 91 30
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