Call for ATIG Program Committee Members

We invite applications to join the ATIG Program Committee. The committee works together each year to determine which AAA panel will be named the official ATIG-sponsored session (an “invited panel”) to be held during the AAA Meetings.

Committee members agree to read and evaluate all submitted panel proposals between March 24 and April 3 of this year. Committee members must be official voting members of ATIG (and, by extension, of the AAA) and will be expected to recuse themselves from evaluating any panel proposal they are personally involved in.

If you are interested in this position, please email the ATIG Program Chair, Clare A. Sammells, the following information by Friday, March 17:
1) Name
2) Email
3) Institutional affiliation and postition
4) A brief biographical statement indicating your work and interests in the area of the anthropology of tourism

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.

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

http://www.americananthro.org/ParticipateAndAdvocate/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=1777&&navItemNumber=748

 

 

 

ATIG Election Results

ATIG is pleased to announce its recently elected board members!

We thank all members who took the time to cast their ballots. In addition to electing new board members, the ATIG membership overwhelming supported renewing ATIG as an Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).

Newly elected officers:

Convener–Michael Di Giovine (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)

Secretary–Amy Speier (University of Texas at Arlington)

Program Chair–Clare Sammells (Bucknell University)

Undesignated Member-at-Large–Lauren Griffith (Hanover College)

Student-at-Large–Kimberly Berg (University at Albany, SUNY)

Congratulations to all and welcome to the ATIG Board!

 

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]