Call for ATIG Invited Panel at AAA 2017 in Washington DC

ATIG is soliciting proposals for the ATIG-sponsored session (an “invited panel”) to be held during the 116th AAA Meetings in Washington DC, November 29-December 3, 2017.

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 2017 meeting’s theme, “Anthropology Matters!” are especially welcome. Proposed panels conceptualized on issues other than the AAA meeting theme will also be considered. (A full description of the meeting theme can be found here.)

“Anthropology Matters!” also matters for the anthropology of tourism.  As an industry, tourism engages billions of people and dollars, has major effects on the physical and natural environment, and influences how people see themselves as individuals and societies.  It is a practice that claims to bridge cultural differences, even as it creates political divisions.  ATIG is particularly interested in sponsoring a cutting-edge session that critically reflects on these realities and the new and unexpected ways of considering how the anthropology of tourism can be said to “matter.”

Deadline for proposal submission: Friday, March 24, 2017.  (ATIG will notify submitters of its selection by Monday, April 3, 2017)

Proposals Must Include:

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

Submit by email as attachment to Clare A. Sammells, ATIG Program Chair.

ATIG CFP for the 2016 AAA Meeting

The American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group (ATIG) is currently soliciting proposals for the ATIG-sponsored session, (an “invited panel”) to be held at during the AAA Meetings in Minneapolis, November 16-20, 2016.

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 2016 meeting’s theme, “Evidence, Accident, Discovery” are especially welcome. (A full description of the meeting theme can be found at http://www.americananthro.org/AttendEvents/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=1695&navItemNumber=696 . Proposed panels conceptualized on issues other than the AAA meeting theme will also be considered.

The 115th Annual Meeting theme, ‘Evidence, Accident, Discovery’, raises issues central to debates within both anthropology and politics in a neoliberal, climate-changing, social media-networked era: What counts as evidence, and what does evidence count for? What are the underlying causes and foreseeability of violence and catastrophes? How is misfortune interpreted, and causality, attributed in cases of humanly-preventable harm? And in the give and take of relationships on which anthropological evidence typically depends, who gets to claim that they discovered something? Tourism is ideally poised to take on these issues, from the treatment of tourism as a voyage of discovery to examining the effects of such “discovery” on all groups impacted; from examining its benefits to interrogating the root causes of its catastrophic (or potential) catastrophic socio-cultural, environmental, and political-economic impacts; from understanding the evidence one uses to foster “tourist imaginaries” to deploying evidence to contest the same imaginaries. We welcome submissions that deal with any or all of these important themes of evidence-accident-discovery.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • “Accidental” tourism
  • Neoliberal tourism policies and its effects
  • Performances of discovery in a globalized age of mediation
  • Social media and tourism
  • Souvenirs as “evidence”
  • The continued role of “discovery” in tourism processes
  • The destruction of cultural heritage and its impacts on tourism processes
  • The politics and economics of tourism encounters
  • The role of affect in tourism practices
  • Tourism and climate change
  • Tourism and sustainability
  • Tourism as a catastrophe
  • Tourism as a means of fostering well-being
  • Tourism mishaps and their unexpected effects
  • Tourism pressures on cultural and natural heritage
  • Violence and tourism
  • Virtual voyages of discovery
  • What constitutes touristic “evidence”

Deadline for proposal submission: Friday, March 25, 2016

ATIG will notify submitters of its selection by Wednesday, April 6, 2016

 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

Submit by email as attachment to: Michael A. Di Giovine, Program Chair, at [email protected]

Cannabis Cultures AAA Event Featured in Anthropology News

Cannabis Cultures tour at the Denver AAA meeting. Photo courtesy AAA/Josh Gold Photography.
Cannabis Cultures tour at the Denver AAA meeting. Photo courtesy AAA/Josh Gold Photography.

ATIG was pleased to co-sponsor the “Cannabis Cultures” event at the AAA annual meeting in Denver last fall. A write-up of the event is featured in the latest edition of Anthropology News. Please click the following link to read the full story: http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2016/01/28/cultivating-knowledge-about-cannabis-legalization/

 

 

As always, if you have any ideas for future AAA events or activities that might be of interest to ATIG, please  let us know!

AAA “Cannabis Cultures” Souvenir T-Shirts Available

A special edition “Cannabis Cultures” t-shirt is now available with a donation to the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology. Your donation supports a unique opportunity for AAA members to engage with our host city of Denver and learn firsthand about the changing legal and social status of cannabis—both familiar and strange. Funds collected will help offset the costs of providing this free event to registered participants at the Denver AAA meeting.
You may find more information about how to donate and receive your t-shirt through the AAA website by following the instructions on the APLA website.

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