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Call for Papers

The Tourism Studies Working Group is pleased to present

Late Breaking Panel CFP AAA Meetings, Seattle, 9-13 th November 2022
“Tourism Anthropology: War, Migration and Refugees.”

Magda Banaszkiewicz, Chair (Jagiellonian U., Cracow).
Nelson Graburn, Corresponding panel member (U C Berkeley - graburn@berkeley.edu)

[Individuals may apply to participate on Late-Breaking Session submissions, even if they are serving in other roles or already have accepted presentations at the AAA meetings].

Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, from February 24, 2022, the tourist market in Central Europe has undergone a number of changes. Over 9 million people left Ukraine in five months, and almost 5 million people crossed the border only with Poland. It is estimated that there are currently about 6 million refugees from Ukraine (State Border Guard Service of Ukraine). About 25 thousand people every day arrive in Poland and adjacent countries from Ukraine.

The panel aims to put the issue of the consequences of Russia's militarized aggression into the framework of a broader reflection on the relationship between war crises, mobility and landscapes, particularly in the context of travel and tourism. Participants may embrace other case studies throwing light on the contemporary relation of tourism to these problematic mobilities.

How does war translate into the experience of mobility and non-mobility? How is the notion of migrant and refugee being redefined? How is the tourism industry getting involved in humanitarian efforts? What actions are being taken to protect heritage? What approaches are proposed by the anthropology of tourism almost 50 years after the first panel in Mexico City? What is changing in the critical discourse towards heritage with this year's 50th anniversary of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (UNESCO, November 16, 1972)

Please send a draft Abstract of your proposed topic (or any questions) to Nelson Graburn [graburn@berkeley.edu] ASAP. Earlier submissions are more likely to be accepted; we can have 4-7 participants! The deadline for submission of our completed panel proposal is Friday August 26 th , so we are in a hurry! If your proposal is accepted and you register for the AAA meetings, required by September 9th, the TSWG will reimburse you for the cost of your student registration. If you are already going to the meetings we will still pay.

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