Friday, November 7, 2008
3-7 p.m.
Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall
University of California, Berkeley

Welcoming Remarks: Jenny Chio, Co-Chair, Tourism Studies Working Group
; Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley
Moderator: Alex M. Saragoza, UC Berkeley

First Session: 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
John Walton, Leeds Metropolitan University
“Reflections on Tourism and History”

Respondent: Bianet Castellanos, University of Minnesota

Break: 4:45 – 5 p.m.

Second Session: 5 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Barry Carr, La Trobe University and Visiting Professor of History at UC Berkeley
“Doing Tourism History of Mexico: Some Reflections on Agenda Setting”

Respondent: Andrew Wood, University of Tulsa

Closing Remarks: Alex M. Saragoza

Light refreshments will be served


John K. Walton is Professor of Social History in the Institute of Northern Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.  He has published extensively on tourist studies.  Among his most recent publications are The Playful Crowd: Pleasure Places in the Twentieth Century (2005); Riding on Rainbows: Blackpool Pleasure Beach and its Place in British Popular Culture (2007); and he has edited Histories of Tourism (2005).  He is currently doing research on coastal tourism in Latin America, particularly Uruguay, Argentina and Mexico.  He is the editor of the Journal of Tourism History.

Bianet Castellanos is Professor in American Studies at the University of Minnesota.  She recently co-edited a special issue for Latin American Perspectives entitled Engendering Mexican Migration.  She is currently completing a book on Maya migration and tourism development in Cancun, Mexico.

Barry Carr is Visiting Professor of Latin American History in the Department of History at UC Berkeley, where he is also a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies.  Until 2008, he directed for several years the Institute of Latin American Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.  His numerous articles and publications have covered various aspects of labor and agrarian history of Mexico and Cuba, but his most recent research has focused on tourism development in Acapulco and Cancun, Mexico.

Andrew G. Wood is Professor of History at the University of Tulsa.  Among his publications, he is the editor of On the Border: Society and Culture Between the United States and Mexico (2004); The U.S.-Mexico Border: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Politics (2008); and he is a contributor and co-editor of the volume, Holiday in Mexico: Essays on Tourism and Tourist Encounters, which will be published later this year by Duke University Press.

Alex M. Saragoza is Professor of History in the Department of Ethnic Studies.  He has published an essay on tourism and Acapulco in the volume, Fragments of a Golden Age (2001), and he has contributed an essay on tourist development in Los Cabos, Baja California in the volume Holiday in Mexico, edited by Dina Berger and Andrew Wood, as noted above.  He is currently working on the impact of neoliberal policies on tourist development in Mexico.  

We are grateful for the support of the following sponsoring units of the Berkeley campus: Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Anthropology, Center for Latin American Studies, Department of History, Department of Ethnic Studies, the Chicano Studies Program, and the Graduate Assembly.


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