2011 Colloquium Series

On Friday, April 23, Crispin Thurlow(Ph.D. Candidate, University of Cardiff, Wales), will present a talk titled "Tracing Space, Locating Self: The Embodied (Inter)Actions of Tourism Discourse." Location: Room 101, Archeological Research Facility, 2251 College Avenue (on the UC Berkeley campus). Time: 4pm.

Synopsis: It is received wisdom nowadays in tourism studies that tourist performances are multi-sensory. While tourists’ encounters with/in places are powerfully represented and organized by visual imagery, they are also experienced through material exchange, social interaction and physical movement. From the academic field of Language and Communication, Crispin will present a multimodal discourse analysis of three related modes of nonverbal action – pointing, posture and positioning – at the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. He will show how tourists’ embodied and mediated (inter)actions with/in this particular tourist site nicely demonstrate Henri Lefebvre’s (1991) notion of ‘lived’ space as the intersection of both ‘conceived’ (or imagined) space and ‘perceived’ (or physical) space. It is through their ways of seeing the world that tourists become viewing subjects and through their bodies that they become doing subjects. It is their viewing and their doing, Crispin will argue, that also produces tourists as knowing subjects – with a sense of the world as both knowable and as conquerable.
Speaker Bio:
Crispin Thurlow (PhD Cardiff University, Wales) is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Washington (Seattle) where he also holds adjunct positions in Linguistics and in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. His most recent books are Semiotic Landscapes: Language, Image, Space (Continuum, 2009) and Tourism Discourse: Language and Global Mobility (Palgrave, 2010), both with Adam Jaworski. His next book is now also in production: Language, Tourism, Globalization: The Sociolinguistics of Fleeting Relationships (Routledge, 2010). Crispin is on the editorial board of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication and, in 2007, he received the University of Washington’s highest award for teaching excellence..

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