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2020-2021 Colloquium Series

The Tourism Studies Working Group is pleased to present

“Tourists Have Fled!” Reflections on Touristification in Lisbon, Portugal

Filipa Fernandes, Assistant Professor
Institute of Social and Political Science, Universidade de Lisboa

Friday, March 12, 4PM-6PM PST
Hosted on Zoom [click here]

For some years, tourism contributed to the transformation and co-production processes of places like Alfama, located in the city of Lisbon. There were changes in urban spaces, with new elements of urban regeneration emerging, with an emphasis on the role of local communities. If in recent years, the neighborhood has lost residents in favor of tourism, and has gained “new residents” (tourists), who were looking for the so-called 'local' experiences, today, the neighborhood without people, has lost its splendor. From tourism to the progressive ‘desertification’ imposed by the covid pandemic, it is crucial to reflect on the adaptation of the destination / neighborhood to this unique moment.

 Anchored in ongoing qualitative research, especially, ethnographic, this communication proposes to address some effects of tourism development in Alfama, including the role of heritage and marketing for the perpetuation of local imaginary. Several discourses will be examined as well, the main actors of the (re) construction of the imaginaries, the policies and, also, the possible (sustainable) tourist trajectories with implications for local development and tourist practices. It will reflect on the role of some political agents and the local community for these changes, as well as the relationship between the pandemic and tourism and their possible future implications.

Speaker Bio
Filipa Fernandes holds a PhD in Tourism from University of Évora (Portugal) and MA in Anthropology from Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal). She is since 2013 an Assistant Professor at Institute of Social and Political Science – Universidade de Lisboa where she taught several courses related to heritage, tourism, local development and social sciences methodology. She is senior researcher at Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies, Universidade de Lisboa and Visiting Academic at Multidimensional Tourism Institute, University of Lapland. She has done fieldwork in Madeira Island on heritage, memory, tourism representations and tourism. Her work includes a book and several articles (some awarded). Recently she co-authored the book “Antropologia e Turismo: teorias, métodos e praxis” (Anthropology and Tourism: theories, methods and praxis). Her current research interests focus on the production of tourism imaginaries in Finnish Lapland; and touristification, tourism impacts and new hospitalities in the city of Lisbon, Portugal.

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