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

Updated: ATIG at the AAA Meeting in Washington, DC

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the AAAs in Washington D.C. later this month! While the number of individual papers concerning the anthropology of tourism is enormous, below is a list of panels that are collectively addressing issues relevant to our interest group.

Also, please mark your calendars for the Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group (ATIG) Business Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, November 30, 2017, 12:15-1:45 PM. We have a lot of new initiatives to discuss and we want you to be part of the dialogue. The meeting is open to current and new members. Please join us!

Wednesday, Nov 29

4:30-6:15pm. “The Tourism of Food and Nature Matters: From Agriculture to Meals, from Rainforests to Glaciers” (2-0670). Marriott, Roosevelt 5. Presenters: Mary-Beth Mills, Thomas Abercrombie, Charmaine Kaimikaua, Teresita Majewski, Angeles Lopez-Santillan, Clare Sammells. Discussant: Michael Di Giovine.

Thursday, Nov 30

12:15-1:45pm. Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group (ATIG) Business Meeting (3-0647). Marriott, Roosevelt 1. All ATIG members are encouraged to attend.

4:15-6pm. “Sounds of Vacations: The Political Economy of Caribbean Tourism” (3-1115). Marriott Ballroom Salon 3. Presenters: Jocelyne Guilbault, Timothy Rommen, Susan Harewood, Jerome Camal, Francio Guadeloupe. Discussant: Kevin Yelvington.

Friday, Dec 1

4:15-6pm. “Contents Tourism in East Asia; Japan, Mainland China, Taiwan, Korea” (4-1210). Marriott, Roosevelt 1. Presenters: Nelson Graburn, Takayoshi Yamamura, Millie Creighton, Rongling Ge, Ryoko Nishijima, Kyungjae Jang. Discussant: Deirdre Clyde.

Saturday, Dec 2

8-9:45am. “Tourism and Mobility Matters” (5-0115). Marriott Ballroom Salon 1. Presenters: Lila Ellen Gray, Brandon Hunter, Cheikh Lo, Lauren Johnson, Vivian Gornik, Michal Stein. Discussant: Naomi Leite.

Sunday, Dec 3

10:15am-12pm “The Anthropology of Tourism Matters: Where do we go from Here?” Official ATIG sponsored session (6-0245). Marriott, Taft. Presenters: Robert Shepherd, Noel Salazar, Kristin Kant-Byers, Kimberly Cavanagh, Michael Di Giovine.

10:15am-12pm. “Engaging Contradictions, Negotiating Memory: Reimaging Tourism, Blackness and Entrepreneurship in Contested Spaces” (6-0195). Marriott, Wilson C. Presenters: Traci-Ann Wint, L. Kaifa Roland, Melanie White, Maria Santos Soares. Discussant: Colleen Cohen.

10:15am-12pm. “Ethnicity and Tourism in China” (6-0360). Omni, Capitol. Presenters: Xianghong Feng, Chun-Yi Sum, Hongmei Zhao, Na Gong.

12:15-2pm. “Anthropologists Excel at Educational Tourism: Relevant Responses to Critical Times and Critics of Study Abroad” (6-0410). Marriott, Thurgood Marshall West. Presenters: Bill Roberts, Lori Stanley, Tim Wallace, James McDonald, Tiffany Kershner. Discussants: Steve Folmar, Rory Turner.

12:15-2pm. “Intricacies of the Anthropological Lens: Negotiating Community and Politics in Conservation and Tourism” (6-0380). Marriott, Wilson B. Presenters: Quetzil Castaneda, Matthew Harms, Frances Riemer, J. Hope Amason, Brian Hoey, Matilde Cordoba Azcarate.

2-3:45pm. Roundtable: “Short-Term Global Health Travel: Good Intentions, Murky Ethics, and How Anthropology Matters” (5-0825). Marriott Ballroom Salon 2. Presenters: David Citrin, Raphael Frankfurter, Kathryn Fleuriet, Rosa Maria Compean-Molina, Saskia Bunge-Montes.





CFP Deadline Extended: Architecture & Tourism: Fictions, Simulacra, Virtualities



Paris, Sorbonne, July 4-7, 2017

Organizing Institutions
University of California, Berkeley
University of Geneva
University Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne

The aim of this conference is to question and rethink the built environments constructed for and by tourism. Such environments are commonly rooted in cultural imaginaries that become spatialized as simulacra for the purpose of attracting tourists. Simulacra may mean the reinterpretation of a medieval village as a shopping mall or the wholesale recreation of Venice in Las Vegas, or it may stem from virtual realities that have been populated by folkloric traditions, contemporary popular culture or science fiction such as Disneyland, Star Wars, or East Asian “anime pilgrimages” destinations (Contents Tourism).

We question the ways in which fictions, simulacra, and virtualities express tourism in the built environment and vice versa. What is the relationship between the “real” and the “fake,” especially within the so-called tourist bubble? How are these tourist worlds performed and what is at stake in these performances? Who benefits from the creation of these touristic worlds? How might tourism environments influence the daily practice of architecture?

Since its beginnings in the Industrial Revolution, an era that heralded the rapid urbanization of Western Europe, the phenomenon of mass tourism inspired built environments that have a constitutive, and sometimes problematic, relationship with the “real” world and its architectural references. On the one hand, such environments re-interpret architectural and urban archetypes such as the ancient palace, the Renaissance villa, or the Mediterranean village. On the other hand, they spatialize perceptions of utopia: among them, pristine environments, Shangri-La, El Dorado, Eden, and Paradise. In most cases these two situations occur simultaneously, creating idealised places inspired by dreamed or utopian ideas.

Tourists are not only the “consumers” of these idealised worlds; they also co-produce and they constantly re-interpret them through their imaginaries and their practices. Non-Western practices of tourism are similarly inspired to build their simulacra based on their imaginaries of both the “traditional Western world” (e.g., Shenzen, Windows on the World) and their virtual worlds (e.g., Hindu Temple theme parks). If these tourism worlds have been inspired by actually existing places as well as imagined worlds, then they have also inspired, in their turn, the places in which we live, work, learn, shop, study or practice our leisure activities.

*Tourism architecture: copies and simulacra (i.e., references, models, geographies)
*Architecture, game and themed environments: Macao, Las Vegas, European cities recreated in Asia
*Tourism imagined worlds/dreamlands: theme parks, resorts, “tourist bubbles”
*Contents Tourism: popular culture of youths’ virtual worlds and their ‘real’ destinations (i.e., Pokémon Go)
*Virtualities and tourism architecture
*Furniture, design, interiors, micro-environments, and landscapes of tourism worlds
*Tourism architecture as a mode of storytelling
*The “major fictions” used in tourism themed environments (e.g., Haussmannian Paris, Venice, the Caribbean exotic, colonial imperialism) and their relationship to their urban and architectural archetypes
*Cinematic fictions and tourism architecture
*Tourism architecture and relation to time: heritagization, virtualization, destruction, rewriting, reconstruction
*Makers of tourism worlds: architects, designers, imagineers
*Class and niche tourisms, and ‘niche architectures’
*Tourism architecture as iconic guides to nationality, race and ethnicity

Submission Procedure
Please send abstracts (approx. 500 words) and a one-page CV to Maria Gravari-Barbas ([email protected]), Nelson Graburn ([email protected]) and Jean-François Staszak ([email protected]) by December 10, 2016. We will notify contributors of acceptance by January 20, 2017.

Organizing Committee
Nezar AlSayyad, Department of Architecture, University of California at Berkeley
Nelson Graburn, Department of Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley
Maria Gravari-Barbas, Tourism Studies (IREST), Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University
Stephanie Malia Hom, Acus Foundation
Jean-François Staszak, Department of Geography, Geneva University

Scientific Committee (in progress)
Stefan Al, University of Pennsylvania
Nadia Alaily-Mattar, Technische Universität München
Nezar AlSayyad, University of California, Berkeley
Erica Avrami, Columbia University
Anne-Marie Broudehoux, Université de Québec à Montréal
Lee Cott, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Bernard Debarbieux, Université de Genève
Pierre Diener, DGA Paris
Diane Favro, UCLA
Nelson Graburn, University of California, Berkeley
Maria Gravari-Barbas, EIREST, IREST, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University
Stephanie Malia Hom, Acus Foundation
D. Medina Lasansky, Cornell University
Dean MacCannell, University of California, Davis
Joan Ockman, Columbia University
Virginie Picon-Lefebvre, Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Belleville
Davide Ponzini, Politecnico di Milano
Cécile Renard, EIREST, IREST, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University
Jean-François Staszak, Geneva University
Ipek Türeli, McGill University

The conference will take place at the Sorbonne, Paris.

Select References
AlSayyad, Nezar, ed. 2001. Consuming Tradition, Manufacturing Heritage: Global Forms and Urban Norms in the Age of Tourism. London: Routledge.
Bosker, Bianca. 2013. Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press; Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
Broudehoux, Anne-Marie. 2002. Modernity with Chinese Characteristics: Urban Image Construction in Fin-de-Siécle Beijing. UC Berkeley: e-Dissertation.
Franci Giovanna. 2005. Dreaming of Italy: Las Vegas and the Virtual Grand Tour. Reno and Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press.
–––. 2006. The Myth of the Grand Tour and Contemporary Mass Tourism Imagination: The Example of Las Vegas, Bologna: CLUEB.
Graburn, Nelson. 2004. “Inhabiting Simulacra: the Reimaging of Environments in Japan.” Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 39-39.
Gravari-Barbas Maria, Renard Cécile. 2015. Starchitecture(s). Celebrity Architects and Urban Space, L’Harmattan, Paris.
Hom, Stephanie Malia. 2010. “Italy without Borders: Simulacra, Tourism, Suburbia, and the New Grand Tour.” Italian Studies, Vol. 65, No. 3, November, 376–97.
–––. 2015. The Beautiful Country: Tourism and the Impossible State of Destination Italy. Toronto: U of Toronto Press.
Lasansky, D. Medina and Brian MacLaren, eds. 2004. Architecture and Tourism: Perception, Performance, and Place. Oxford: Berg.
Minca, Claudio. 2007. “The Tourist Landscape Paradox.” Social and Cultural Geography, Vol. 8, No. 3, 433-453.
Ockman, Joan. 2004. “New Politics of the Spectacle: Bilbao and the Global Imagination.” Architecture and Tourism: Perception, Performance, and Place. Eds. D. Medina Lasansky and Brian McLaren. Oxford: Berg Publishers. 227–239.
Salazar, Noel and Nelson Graburn, eds. 2014. Tourism Imaginaries: Anthropological Approaches. London: Berghahn.
Venturi, Robert, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour. 1977. Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Wagner, Rachel. 2011. Godwired: Religion, Ritual, and Virtual Reality. London: Routledge.

Conference Schedule
Tuesday, July 4th Opening Banquet, Plenary Address
Wednesday, July 5th Concurrent Sessions, morning and afternoon
Thursday, July 6th Concurrent Sessions, morning and afternoon
Evening: Closing Reception
Friday, July 7th Excursion, TBA

Before it’s too late…Nominate!

Dear ATIG members,

As Convenor and Convenor-elect, Quetzil Castaneda and I wanted to urge members in ATIG to consider self-nominating for one of 18 Executive leadership positions–from the Nominations Committee (who vets these self-nominations) to the newly formed Programmatic Advisory and Advocacy Committee (M-PAAC).

We wanted to especially draw your attention to this new M-PAAC, which would be responsible for advising the Executive Board on a range of issues affecting the membership. There are 10 positions in total on M-PAAC, including two student positions, and they address important topics like ethics, human rights, gender, labor, and practicing anthropology. While there are no positions that directly speak to Interest Groups or Sessions (or to tourism and heritage), these are important advisory positions that touch on all facets of AAA life. It would, of course, be great to have the ATIG membership well-represented!

Please note the deadline is in a few days — Oct. 5. Self-nominations are then vetted by the Nominations Committee, who will make the final decision on who will run for election.

See below for the link to self-nominate.

Best of luck!
Michael A. Di Giovine and Quetzil Castaneda