Conferência Internacional Imaginários Turísticos

Em Fevereiro de 2011 terá lugar em Berkeley (USA) a Conferência Internacional “Imaginários Turísticos”.
Poderão ser enviados resumos e papers de várias perspectivas disciplinares que toquem nos temas ou sub-temas abaixo descritos (no original). O call for papers está aberto até 15 de Setembro de 2010.

+ ASPECTS OF THE SOCIAL PRODUCTION AND DIFFUSION OF TOURIST IMAGINARIES
‐The production of imaginaries in the context of global competition
‐The transformative influences of information and information sources
‐The abilities of advertizing and marketing to transform imaginaries
‐The accumulation (sedimentation) of layers of the imaginary
‐Diplomatic and geopolitical hazards and relations of power
‐Objects perpetuating imaginaries: souvenirs, photos, postcards
‐Different media stakeholders: media, photographers, blogs etc.

+ ASPECTS OF RECEPTION AND CONSUMPTION OF IMAGINARIES
‐The influences of imaginaries in the choice of destinations
‐Concordance and dissonance between imaginaries and experience
‐Temporalities of the imaginary (the cultural persistence of imaginaries over time; The flux of personal imaginaries during the tourist experience of a trip)
‐The mystification of tourist sites adhering to a strong imaginary, and the imagination of tourism’s role related to the modernization process

+ GEO‐SEMANTICS OF TOURIST IMAGINARIES
‐Do the stereotypic forms of tourist imaginaries fall into certain types?
‐What are they and what are their characteristics?
‐Could one construct a “geography” of the tourist imaginary?

+ CONFLICT/COMPETITION BETWEEN AND/OR WITHIN IMAGINARIES AND NARRATIVES
‐Explorations of the intersecting, divergent, parallel, conflicting, competing multitude of imaginaries of a single geographical location
‐Examinations of production/consumption of those whose labor, leisure and life converge around imaginaries [(potential/ex‐) travelers, industry members/workers, residents]
‐Beyond the Frame: what is left to the imagination beyond all the stories, pictures and brochures?

+ STABILITY AND CHANGE
‐Stability and change of imaginaries in cultural (not personal) time
‐Changes in imaginaries and the forces behind change (institutional/experiential)
‐Stability and change imaginaries in tourists’ minds –before/during/after travel
‐Tourist‐historic imaginary (cf. tourist‐historic city) and the concept of mentalité
‐The continual enactment of the tourist imaginary in tourist venues and the attractions/performances and spectacles offered to tourists

+ INSTITUTIONAL AND PERSONAL ARTICULATIONS
‐Articulations between institutional imaginaries and political and cultural forces outside of the tourism field
‐Individual resistance and modification of given cultural/institutional imaginaries, as well as the acceptance, performance, embodiment and habitus‐formation of imaginaries
‐Temporal trajectories of the narrative imaginaries, as carried by travelers, in relation to the micro‐and macro‐forces of stability and change throughout the anticipation, experience, and recollection of the tourist experience.
‐Touristic practices, performancesand imaginaries.
‐Imaginaries and the unconscious, embodied, ocular‐centric –how to study them?

+ RELATIONS OF CONTEXTUAL‐RESOURCES TO KINDS OF IMAGINARIES AND KINDS OF TOURISM
‐History, archaeology, original ethnic attributes
‐Anthropology, multiculturalism, demography
‐Geology, geomorphology, geography
‐Climate, ecology, botany and zoology.

+ RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN LOCATIONS AND TYPES OF IMAGINARIESand potential carriers/users, and the feedback in the construction of identity and community, in terms of social segments, such as
‐Nations, super‐national groups (e.g. ‘Asians’), ethnic groups, regional groups
‐I, II and III Worlds, IV World (i.e. indigenous peoples)
‐Wealth, Classes, educational and status groups
‐Gender, age, sexual orientation; hobbies, sports etc.
‐The development of new sources of tourists and tourism (e.g. Japan, China), are there correspondingly new forms of tourist imaginaries?

+ INSTRUMENTS FOR CARRYING, STORING, AND PERPETUATING THE IMAGINARY
‐Time worn and modern media
‐Control by culturally productive social groups, e.g. the ‘micro‐milieuxintellectuels’ (1) and the classes with cultural capital
‐Management of landscape, establishments, and atmospherics (“servicescapes”) (2)

+ QUESTIONS OF METHODOLOGY
‐What are the resources and methods for studying imaginaries?
‐What ethical problems are entailed?

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