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[eccr] CFP-Conference on Tourism-Sheffield UK-14-18.07.2005

Mon Apr 11 09:46:49 GMT 2005

>14-18 July 2005, Sheffield, United Kingdom
>Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
>This is a call for papers for Tourism and Performance: Scripts, Stages and
>Stories, an international research conference organised by the Centre for
>Tourism and Cultural Change, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom.
>The extended deadline for this CFP is 1 May 2005. Due to lower venue costs,
>we have been able to reconsider the registration fees, and offer a student
>rate. Prof Edward Bruner from the University of Illinois, USA will give a
>plenary speech on 'Experience, Narrative and Memory in Tourism'.
>Performance has been theorised as a way by which human beings act in
>society and organise their being in the world. In the context of tourism,
>there is much debate regarding the idea of tourists as performers, 'acting
>out' spaces, and enacting 'scripts', through which they organise and add
>meaning to their experiences and journeys. Tourism in this sense can be
>seen to be 'staged'. But such perspectives raise a number of questions
>regarding the reflexivity, the hermeneutics, the sensual and aesthetic
>modalities, the social interactions and the political economy of tourist
>performance: How is individual tourist performance linked to socially
>prescribed or learnt models regarding tourism behaviour and spaces? How are
>spaces and material culture 'enacted' by and for tourists?  What are the
>production and consumption modalities of in situ and in visu stages for
>tourism performance? How is tourism performance linked to modes of
>touristic social interaction during the journey? What roles do stories play
>in generating performativity and in liberating tourists from the acts of
>travel and tourism?
>The aim of this conference is to explore such questions by drawing on the
>methodological and conceptual knowledge of different disciplinary
>perspectives including those of: tourism studies, anthropology, sociology,
>history, cultural studies, folkloric studies, literature, critical theory,
>linguistics, human/cultural geography, psychology, theatre studies and
>other relevant approaches.
>Key themes of interest to the conference include:
>- Who is cooking who? Tourism consumption, digestion, and excretion
>- Hermeneutics, reflexivity and agency: Tourism as a parable of the social
>- Eden, Sodom & Gomorrah, the Solitary Wanderer, the Golden Fleece:
>Archaeologies of tourist imaginary and performance
>- Odour, sound, vision, taste - making sense of the senses: cognitive
>categories and perceptive processes in tourism experience
>- Objects as props - objects as texts
>- Staging, eroticising, and making visible: Translations, adaptations, and
>variations of the 'cultural'
>- Reconsidering the economic in tourism: Transnational spaces of encounter,
>production and exchange
>- Political and symbolic manipulation of tourism scripts
>- 'Losing the plot': Tourism lost in translation
>The conference is organised by Prof Mike Robinson and Dr David Picard, from
>the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Sheffield Hallam University. It
>will accommodate key note presentations and a series of themed sessions.
>Prof Edward Bruner from the University of Illinois, USA has confirmed his
>participation as a key note speaker. An informal welcome reception will be
>organised in the early evening of 14 July 2005. The conference will
>officially open in the morning of 15 July.
>The conference will take place in Sheffield, United Kingdom. The
>registration fee for the conference is £190 if paid before 1 June 2005 and
>£240 if paid after this date. We also offer a student rate at £160. This
>includes the full conference documentation, an ISBN referred proceedings CD-
>ROM, day-time conference catering, a conference dinner and a field study.
>The conference registration fee does not include accommodation. This can be
>booked directly with the venue (address to be confirmed through our
>website). Delegates will benefit from excellent rates at the hotel /
>conference venue where 3* style bed and breakfast accommodation is
>available. A single B&B will be at £55, a double B&B at £80 per night. As
>in previous events, we expect that the majority of delegates will stay on
>the conference site and therefore urge early bookings to avoid pain,
>disappointment and depression.
>People who wish to present a paper should send a 300 word abstract with
>full address details as an electronic file to Prof. Mike Robinson and Dr.
>David Picard (send to (d.picard /at/ ) as soon as possible but by 1 May
>2005 at the latest. Late abstracts might be also accepted.
>For any other or further enquiry regarding this conference or the Centre
>for Tourism & Cultural Change, please visit or
>contact us at:
>conference convenors:
>Prof. Mike Robinson Dr David Picard
>(mike.robinson /at/ (d.picard /at/
>conference administrators:
>Mr Francesco Gilardi  Ms Annie Yeromian
>(f.gilardi /at/  (a.yeromian /at/
>Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change
>Sheffield Hallam University
>Howard Street, Owen Building
>Sheffield S1 1WB, United Kingdom
>Phone: +44 (0) 114 225 3973
>Fax: +44 (0) 114 225 3343

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