Call for Self-Nominations!

Dear ATIG members,

Please find important information concerning upcoming elections for open board seats and renewal of ATIG as an Interest Group.

All American Anthropological Association members who are current members of ATIG are invited to self-nominate for one of our open board positions. Please become or renew your membership by March 1, 2019 to self nominate and vote.
· Convener
· Secretary
· Member At Large (Student)
· Member At Large (Undesignated)
Descriptions of the positions are available on the ATIG website:

These 3-year terms run from the end of the meetings 2019 to end of the meetings 2022. The Convener also includes a fourth year as ex-officio member of board to ensure transition of ATIG leadership. Board members are expected to commit to attend the Annual Meetings of the AAA and to participate in both the ATIG Board and Business Meetings that are held during the AAA meetings. It is especially important for newly elected board members to attend the 2019 to participate in the board meeting and transition into office.

ATIG uses the AAA standardized self-nomination format. Please see the attached forms; these are also available for downloading from the ATIG website. Self-Nomination includes:
– a brief bio
– statement of goals
– photo (optional)
The deadline for self-nomination is March 10, 2019.
Send self-nomination materials to Kimberly Cavanagh [email protected]

Renewal of ATIG as an Interest Group 2019-2022
The election is combined with the vote for renewal of ATIG as a formal interest group in the AAA organization. According to AAA rules, renewal must be submitted every three years and requires support of 25 AAA members. We will hold elections from March 11-19, 2019.

We encourage you to consider yourself for self-nomination.
Thank you for your participation in ATIG.

Michael A. Di Giovine, ATIG Convenor
Kimberly Cavanagh, ATIG Organization & Communications Chair

About ATIG Web Content

The Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group is proud to showcase social scientific and humanistic research related to tourism, broadly conceived. Our goal is to prompt conversations about how anthropological approaches to tourism have developed over time, what research is being done right now, and what lies on the horizon. We aim to spark discussions among veteran scholars and newcomers to the field, and we hope to draw diverse others into our conversations.

With these objectives in mind, we encourage all readers to respond to web features as they are posted and we invite you to submit your own content features.

How Can I Contribute?

To contribute, simply contact the ATIG Web Content Editor, Joe Quick, at [email protected].

Each contribution to the website will be posted in one of the following categories. We intend these categories to help us organize materials, not to constrain your contributions, so please interpret their scope generously as you consider your own contributions.

Letters from the Field

Tell us a story from your research. Was there a tourism-related event that really caught your eye? An issue that people should know about? A person you find particularly interesting? You don’t need a profound argument, just a good story. Photo essays are particularly welcome in this category.

Research Updates

Tell us what you’re working on right now. You don’t need to have all the answers yet. In this category, we’re more interested in what sort of questions you’re asking about tourism and what approaches you’re using to try to answer those questions.

Publication Updates

Tell us about your recently published article or  book. Tell us where to find your publication and what it’s all about. We’re especially interested in how your publication builds on your previous research, how it sets the stage for a new project, or how it engages with emerging trends in the anthropology of tourism.

Conference Reports

Tell us about a conference panel that you have recently attended or participated in. Explain the overall theme of the panel and identify how the included papers contribute to the anthropology of tourism. This feature is particularly well suited to panel chairs and/or respondents.

Book Reviews

Review one or more books related to the anthropology of tourism, broadly conceived. Summarize and critique the book(s) contributions to the social scientific and/or humanistic understanding of tourism and related issues. Within this category, we encourage two distinct styles of review: (1) reviews of recently-published books that advance current conversations and concerns in the discipline of anthropology, and (2) retrospective reviews that look back at the impact of books that have influenced the trajectory of the discipline over time.


Sit down with someone who has had an impact on your research related to the anthropology of tourism. Have a conversation about that person’s research and career trajectories. We’ll help you edit the transcript and share it with other researchers. We especially encourage students and early career scholars to interview their own advisors and mentors.

Current Events

Share your perspectives about ongoing issues or events related to the anthropology of tourism. This category is best suited for the kinds of commentaries that are too big or too important for a post on social media but too urgent or too fleeting for the slow pace of publication in a peer-reviewed venue. Think of this category as the op-ed page of a newspaper.

Call for Nominations for ATIG’s First Annual Book Prize

The Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group is excited to announce our new book prize. There are two separate prizes: 1) A prize for an author’s first book, 2) A prize for an author’s second or subsequent book. We are accepting nominations for our first annual book prize in both categories. All books must have been published January 2016 to the present to be considered this year. Please submit the name of the author, the book to be considered, the publisher information to [email protected] and indicate which prize (1st or subsequent publication). Please submit all nominations by March 2nd. Self-nominations are also welcome. Winners of the book prize will be announced at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in San Jose, California, 2018.

CFP: ATIG’s sponsored session for 2018 AAAs in San Jose

Call for Proposals for ATIG Invited Panel at AAA 2018 Meeting

The American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group (ATIG) is soliciting proposals for the ATIG-sponsored session (an “invited panel”) to be held during the 117th AAA Meetings in San Jose, California from November 14-18, 2018.

Prospective Invited Panel proposals should prioritize the use of tourism as an analytical framework or object of analysis, and should contribute to the anthropology of tourism, broadly conceived.  Panels that focus on the critical examination of the 2018 meeting’s theme, “Change in the Anthropological Imagination: Resistance, Resilience, and Adaptation” are especially welcome, but panels conceptualized around other questions will also be considered.

Proposals to ATIG should be for complete panels.  As per AAA requirements, panels include 7 15-minute slots, which may be used for either paper presentations or discussants.  We encourage ATIG members to use the listserv and Facebook page to seek colleagues interested in presenting on related topics.

ATIG Deadline for proposal submission: Friday, March 23, 2018

Final deadline to submit panels to the AAA is April 16, 2018.

Proposals Must Include:

  1. Title and Abstract of proposed session
  2. Names of Session organizer(s), affiliation, contact email(s), and phone
  3. List of Papers, including titles, abstracts, author names and affiliations

Please direct any questions, and submit panel proposals, to Clare A. Sammells, ATIG Program Chair, [email protected]




Term: March 1, 2017 through December 2020

Members of the Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group (via AAA membership) are invited to submit self-nominations for the office of Communications Chair. The position is to be filled immediately, upon election by the membership.

The Communications Chair is responsible for managing ATIG’s website (, Facebook group, and listserv. Duties are fairly continuous throughout the year, including the summer. The Communications Chair plays a vital role in the organization by disseminating information to the ATIG membership and maintaining communication with the AAA. Routine duties include:

  • Moderating the ATIG listserv
  • Managing the Facebook group and Twitter account
  • Updating the ATIG website as needed and working with ATIG members who are developing original content related to the anthropology of tourism

Interested parties should have strong communication skills and enjoy sharing information across social media. Basic web skills and a familiarity with WordPress will be very helpful, as will prior experience of any kind with publicity/outreach. Advanced graduate students are welcome.

To self-nominate, please email ATIG Convener Michael Di Giovine ([email protected]):

  • Short letter of interest—including a statement of the candidate’s relevant background, interests, familiarity with the anthropology of tourism, web skills, and any other experience with publicity/outreach
  • A current CV
  • Complete contact information

Candidates will be reviewed by the ATIG Board, which will then put a slate of nominees to the full membership for a vote.

The position will begin on March 1, 2018.

Deadline for Nominations:

January 15, 2017