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2022-2023 Colloquium Series

The Tourism Studies Working Group is pleased to present

The Intersections of Tourism, Migration, and Exile

Natalia Bloch
Associate Professor, Institute of Anthropology and Ethnology
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Kathleen M. Adams
Professorial Research Associate, SOAS-University of London
Professor Emerita, Loyola University, Chicago
Visiting Fellow, Center for Tourism Research, Wakayama University

Stephanie Malia Hom
Associate Professor, Transnational Italian Studies
UC Santa Barbara

Friday, February 3, 1PM-3PM PST

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In Person: Gifford Room, 221 Anthropology and Art Practice Bldg.
University of California, Berkeley

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About the Presentation:
In this presentation, Natalia Bloch and Kathleen M. Adams will present their new book, The Intersections of Tourism, Migration, and Exile (Routledge, 2023), and Stephanie Malia Hom will share insights drawn from her pandemic-centered postscript. Bloch and Adams’s volume challenges the classic—and often tacit-- compartmentalization of tourism, migration, and refugee studies by exploring the intersections of these forms of spatial mobility. Each form of mobility prompts distinctive images and moral reactions, yet they often intertwine, overlap, and influence one another. Tourism, migration, and exile evoke widely varying policies, popular reactions, and contrasting imagery. What are the ramifications of these siloed conceptions for people on the move? To what extent do gender, class, ethnic, and racial global inequalities shape moral discourses surrounding people’s movements? Several authors of the book’s twelve predominantly ethnographic case studies from around the world may also join the discussion. In recounting and juxtaposing stories of refugees’ and migrants’ returns, marriage migrants, voluntourists, migrant retirees, migrant tourism workers and entrepreneurs, mobile investors and professionals, and refugees pursuing educational mobility, this project cultivates more nuanced insights into intersecting forms of mobility. Ultimately, the authors hope their work will foster not only empathy but greater resolve for forging trails towards mobility justice.

Speaker Bios:
Natalia Bloch is an anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Institute of Anthropology and Ethnology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She specializes in the anthropology of mobility in the postcolonial context. She conducted research in Tibetan refugee settlements and among mobile workers and entrepreneurs of the informal tourism sector in India. She is the author of Encounters across Difference Tourism and Overcoming Subalternity in India (Lexington Books 2021). Her articles have appeared, among others, in Critique of Anthropology, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Refugee Studies, Critical Asian Studies, and Transfers. Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies.

Kathleen M. Adams is Professorial Research Associate at SOAS-University of London, Professor Emerita at Loyola University Chicago, and Visiting Fellow at Wakayama University’s Center for Tourism Research. Her specializations include tourism and heritage, the politics of art, museums, ethnicity, and nationalism. Adams’s award-winning books include Art as Politics: Re-crafting Identities, Tourism and Power in Tana Toraja (2006) and The Ethnography of Tourism: Edward Bruner and Beyond (2019, with Leite and Castañeda). She has also authored Indonesia: History, Heritage, Culture (2020), Everyday Life in Southeast Asia (2011, with Gillogly) and other books. Her articles can be read in Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Geographies, Museum Worlds, and American Ethnologist.

Stephanie Malia Hom is Associate Professor of Transnational Italian Studies at UC Santa Barbara and Co-Founder of the UC Berkeley Tourism Studies Working Group. She writes and lectures on modern Italy and the Mediterranean, mobility studies, colonialism and imperialism, migration and detention, and tourism history and practice. She is the author of Empire's Mobius Strip: Historical Echoes in Italy's Crisis of Migration and Detention (Cornell, 2019) and The Beautiful Country: Tourism and the Impossible State of Destination Italy (Toronto, 2015).

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