2017 Tourism Seminar, UC Berkeley


Department of Anthropology                                    Nelson Graburn University of California, Berkeley                               graburn@berkeley.edu        
This seminar is intended for graduate students and visiting scholars with interests in research involving tourism and heritage - embedded of course in other socio-cultural phenomena. It is for those who are beginning to get a grip on the topic, or writing research proposals, preparing Field Statements, undertaking research, and writing up honors, masters or doctoral research. After the basic readings, the seminar focuses on the main interests of the participants, so please email or come and see me about your interests.  

This seminar explores some of the core features of modernity and globalizing forces.Touristic and Heritage processes are emblematic of modernity and are a major force in the transnational penetration to hinterlands and the III and IV Worlds. Key tropes are tradition, heritage and authenticity. Artistic expressions may now be created as a measure of modernity, both to express new (national) identities and as (ethnic) resistance to cultural appropriation. Other art forms are preserved from pre-modernity but used the same way. The course also focuses on museums, events, cultural/self-commoditization, sex and romance tourism, development and pro-poor tourism, ecotourism, voluntourism and other forms of moralization and exploitation. 

*On 10-11th March the seminar will accommodate visiting scholars and an international conference on the place of popular culture and mythology.

This course focuses on reading the key works and recent developments. The emphasis will be on topics of immediate professional interest to the participants and the instructor. Books and articles may be distributed digitally or put on reserve.

The seminar will be held on THURSDAY AFTERNOON 2-4 p.m. starting January 18th inthe Faculty Staff Lounge, 2nd Floor, 219 Kroeber Hall (Anthropology Department); Pleasealso join the Tourism Studies Working Group. See www.tourismstudies.org 

*Contents Tourism: Creativity, Fandom, Neo-Destinations コンテンツツーリズム

Contents Tourism is a Japanese word [many Japan words are “borrowed” from foreign languages] designating tourism which is stimulated by Popular culture (Nishikawa, Seaton, Yamamura 2015); broadly this includes aspects of religion, mythology, folklore, popular literature especially manga and anime, TV and internet drama, and creative beliefs - often distributed on the internet by otaku and other Japanese youth culture. Technically Contents Tourism may be found in all societies and cultures but the concept has been invented, highly developed and primarily researched in Japan.

While the majority of the conference cases involve Japan we have cases, especially by younger scholars, from Korea, China, Taiwan, the US and Latin America.

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