Anthropology News

AN Call for Proposals: Tourism

In reflecting on the anthropological gaze, many have compared fieldwork with the participant-observation of the tourist and travel writer. However, as anthropologists become increasingly involved in both global tourism industries and tourism studies, additional opportunities develop to examine the practices, ethics, flows and relationships involved in the commoditization, consumption and marketing of cultures, histories and people. What do tourism practices and encounters say about concepts such as authenticity and ownership in relation to the cultivation, management, display and erasure of difference and otherness? What consequences do tourism programs and industries have for local sites, populations and economies? How can we understand tourism’s simultaneous dependence on global flows (of money, images, people, information) and the maintenance of boundaries and local specificity?

For this thematic issue, we welcome work engaging a variety of types of tourism and related topics, including, but not limited to: ecotourism and sustainability; thanatourism or “dark tourism”; world heritage tourism; disaster and volunteer tourism; food and agriculture tourism; museums, fairs, theme parks, memorials and historic landmarks; performance and representation; tourism and community development; pilgrimage; collective memory and contested heritage. Additionally, we welcome proposals that reflect on anthropology’s particular entanglements with tourism zones, such as the promotion of tourism as a tenet of postcolonial “development” plans in communities that have traditionally hosted anthropological research.

To participate, email a 300-word abstract and 50-100-word biosketch to Anthropology News Managing Editor Dinah Winnick. Proposals for photo essays should also include five high resolution photographs (tiff or jpg), each with a caption and credit. Selected authors will be notified of their status in late June, and full articles
commentaries of 1000-1400 words or shorter pieces for other article typeswill be due on September 1.

Proposal submission deadline: May 25, 2010
Early submissions are encouraged.