ATIG at the American Anthropological Association Meeting in Denver


The AAA Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching, and we hope those of your who will be in Denver will also join ATIG for both our annual business meeting and our special invited tourism session.

What: Annual Business Meeting
When: Saturday, November 21, 12:15-1:130 p.m. (check AAA program for location)

*ATIG welcomes all members and prospective members. Come and learn about current group activities and opportunities for getting involved.

“Front and Backstage at the Tourist Event: The Meeting of Familiar and Strange on the African Plains, Mexican Beaches, and Other Bucket List Venues”

When: Thursday, November 19, 8:00-9:45 a.m.

Organizer: Frances Julia Riemer (Northern Arizona University)
Discussant: Rachel Giraudo (California State University, Northridge)

2012 Minutes– Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group

2012 AAA, San Francisco


An inaugural organizational meeting will be held at the 2012 AAA Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 17th at Union Square 13 on the 4th Floor of the Hilton San Francisco from 6:15-7:30pm.
This is a call to convene tourism researchers in the AAA to found an “Interest Group”. By establishing formally an interest group we seek to develop a network of tourism-focused anthropologists, resources to share, tourism panels, roundtables, and other special events, activities, and collaborations.
At this initial meeting we will discuss the content of a statement of purpose, goals, as well as collect names and contact information for new members. Please spread the word among your AAA-attending anthropology colleagues who do research in or around tourism. Even if tourism is not your main thing, but you are interested in starting up research on tourism issues, please join us for this meeting! 

AAA 2014 ATIG Annual Business Meeting, Reception and Panels

On Saturday, December 6, 2014 the Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group reception celebrated the inauguration of the ATIG at the 40th anniversary of the first anthropology of tourism AAA panel in 1974. The reception follows the ATIG open business meeting, ATIG sponsored panel, and the Executive Program Committee Sponsored Retrospective Session on Hosts and Guests.

Retrospective Sessions (Sponsored by the Executive Program Committee):

Producing and Envisioning the Anthropology of Tourism (Part I): 40-Year Retrospective on Hosts and Guests and the Future of Tourism Research
Organizer: Quetzil E Castaneda and Valene Smith
Chair: Naomi M Leite
Presenters: Tim M Wallace, Charles F Urbanowicz, Margaret B Swain, Oriol Pi-Sunyer, Nelson H Graburn, Valene Smith
Taking Tourism Seriously: Edward M. Bruner’s Contributions to the Anthropology of Tourism
Organizer: Naomi M Leite
Chairs: Naomi M Leite and Quetzil E Castaneda
Panelists: Quetzil E Castaneda, Julia D Harrison, Helaine Silverman, Naomi M Leite, Nelson H Graburn, Noel B. Salazar
Invited Sessions organized by ATIG:
Executive Invited Session (Executive Program Committee & American Ethnological Society)
Producing and Envisioning the Anthropology of Tourism (Part II): On Present and Future Travel of Hosts, Guests, and Anthropologists of Tourism   
Organizer: Quetzil E Castaneda
Chair: Mary Mostafanezhad
Presenters: Noel B. Salazar, Kathleen M Adams, Michael A. Di Giovine, Geoffrey White
Discussants: Quetzil E Castaneda, Naomi M Leite
Invited Session (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology)
Producing Anthropology and Tourism: Practicing Anthropologists in the Tourism Sector
Organizers: Michael A. Di Giovine, Margaret B Swain
Presenters: Jackie S Feldman, Gobi Stromberg, Tom Mikael Selanniemi, Marjan Moris, Shinji Yamashita
Additional Tourism-Related Panels:
Organizer/Chair: Lara Kusnetzky
Presenters: Tami Blumenfield, Lara Kusnetzky, Jenny Chio, Eileen Rose Walsh
Discussant: Margaret Swain
Producing the Good(s): Cultural Tourism as a Contested Means to an Enlightened End
Organizer/Chair: Christine L. Holman
Panelists: Kelly Rachel LaFramboise, Charmaine Kaimikaua, Hugo E DeBlock, Caroline Jean Fernald, Candessa L Tehee
Discussant: Sean P O’Neill
“First places”: Critical Dialogics of Tourism in Heritage Places of a Primordial Collective Self
Organizer: Paula Mota Santos
Chair: Naomi M Leite
Panelists: Rachel F Giraudo, Nick Dines, Paula Mota Santos, Kimberly A Berg, Maria Cardeira da Silva, Yujie Zhu
Discussant: Regina Bendix
Mundane Cosmopolitanisms, Tourism Development, and Emergent Urban Forms
Organizers: Mary Mostafanezhad and Matilde Cordoba Azcarate
Chair: Roger Norum
Panelists: Heather Hindman, Roger Norum, Leksa Lee, Angela Montague, Mary Mostafanezhad, Matilde Cordoba Azcarate
Discussant: Jim Igoe