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2021-2022 Colloquium Series

The Tourism Studies Working Group is pleased to announce

Heritage Tourism: From Problems to Possibilities

Yujie Zhu (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, Australian National University)


Lucie K. Morisset (Professor, Urban and Tourism Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal)

Michael A. Di Giovine (Associate Professor, Anthropology, West Chester University)

Friday, December 3, 4PM-6PM PDT

Hosted on Zoom [click here] *no password needed


This talk is an overview and open discussion of Zhu’s newly published book Heritage Tourism (Cambridge University Press 2021). The talk examines the hegemonic power of heritage tourism and its consequences, the spectre of nationalism and colonialism in heritage-making, particularly for minorities and indigenous peoples, and the paradox of heritage tourism's role in combating these issues. The talk addresses a range of approaches and challenges of empowerment within the context of heritage tourism, including the ladder of heritage interpretation. Zhu argues that heritage tourism has the potential to develop as a form of co-production ​and that it can be used to create a mechanism for community-centred governance that integrates recognition and interpretation and promotes dialogue, equity and diversity.

For more information about Heritage Tourism: Problems to Possibilities, or to purchase a copy [click here]

Speaker Bio:  
Yujie Zhu is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, the Australian National University, Australia. His research focuses on ethical and apolitical issues that emerge through cultural heritage, memory, and tourism. His recent books include Heritage Tourism (Cambridge, 2021), Heritage Politics in China (Routledge, 2020, with Christina Maags) and Heritage and Romantic Consumption in China (Amsterdam, 2018). He also co-edited Notions of Heritage (Quebec, 2021), Heritage and Religion in East Asia (Routledge, 2020) and New Directions in Critical Heritage Studies (Berghahn, 2018). He serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Anthropological Research, Cultural Geographies and Journal of Heritage Tourism.
Discussant Bios:  

Lucie K. Morisset is Chairholder of the Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage, a professor in the Department of Urban and Tourism Studies of the School of Management Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and a researcher at the CELAT (Centre de recherches – Cultures – Arts – Sociétés).
A historian of urban planning, trained in the history of architecture and anthropology and specializing in the study of the city and its representations, she is interested in the history of ideas and objects that make up the built landscape and works with heritage as an agent of change. More generally, her work addresses the relationship between identity and culture as manifested through discourses on the built environment, tourism practices and conceptions of heritage. In recent years, her research has focused on company towns and the role of heritage in local development, particularly in the context of deindustrialization, as well as, from a more theoretical perspective, on the transformation of heritage processes and the epistemology of heritage studies.
Lucie K. Morisset is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


Michael A. Di Giovine is Associate Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michael is also the Director of the West Chester University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, the Convenor of the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group, a member of ICOMOS and its International Cultural Tourism Committee (ICTC), and a consultant for museums and heritage sites. Michael’s research spans Europe and Southeast Asia and focuses on tourism, pilgrimage, heritage, foodways, and religion. Among other venues, he has been featured on National Public Radio, The Boston Globe, Atlas Obscura, La Cucina Italiana and The Economist. Michael is the author of The Heritage-scape: UNESCO, World Heritage, and Tourism (Lexington Books, 2009). With Ronda Brulotte, he is the co-editor of Edible Identities: Food and Foodways as Cultural Heritage (Ashgate, 2014); with David Picard Tourism and the Power of Otherness: Seductions of Difference (Channel View, 2014) and The Seductions of Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys Afar and Astray in the Western Religious Tradition (Ashgate 2015); with Jaeyeon Choe Pilgrimage Beyond the Officially Sacred (Routledge 2020); and with John Bodinger de Uriarte Study Abroad and the Quest for an Anti-Tourism Experience. He sits on the academic board of The International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, and is the book reviews editor for both Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, and the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change. Michael is the Editor of Lexington Books’ series, The Anthropology of Tourism: Heritage, Mobility and Society.


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