[AIW] CFP: Tourist Imaginaries and Mobility in the United States, University of Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/France, February 6-7, 2020

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Call for Papers

International Conference

Tourist Imaginaries and Mobility in the United States

University of Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/France

February 6-7, 2020



Organizing committee: Alexandra Boudet-Brugal, Sophie Croisy, Sandrine
Ferré-Rode, Elodie Grossi, Frédéric Leriche, Dalila Messaoudi


Scientific committee: Jan Borm, Bertrand Réau, Philippe Duhamel, Edith
Fagnoni, Yves Figueiredo, Patrick Schembri, Jean-Marc Zaninetti


As today’s most prominent international industry, tourism has been raising
interest among researchers in the humanities and social sciences.
Geographers, economists, researchers in management, sociologists,
anthropologists, jurists, historians as well as cultural studies specialists
have been committed to assessing and raising awareness about the main issues
– social, cultural, economic, environmental – called into question by the
global expansion of that industry. In the research conducted on that subject
within these scientific fields, the function of tourist imaginings has not
been neglected. As a matter of fact, it is an original and useful, not to
say necessary, approach to the study of tourism as it participates in
shedding light on the social and cultural stakes as well as the central
motivations of tourist mobility.


Tourist imaginaries feed on material images (maps, advertisements, magazines
and specialized journals, media reports) as well as immaterial ones (travel
stories, speeches, fantasies and prejudices). These imaginaries which people
conjure up prior to going on a trip, fully participate in the process of
tourist mobility and contribute to the emergence and popularity of top
tourist destinations. These tourist imaginings also participate in processes
of discarding, marginalizing locations which come to be seen as places of
little interest, even repulsive places, whether this assessment is based on
facts or not. Indeed, imaginaries draw a contrasted map of tourist mobility,
traffic and spaces, which in return fuel neverendingly tourist wanderlust
and the need for new tourist spaces.  


Tourist imaginaries about the United States highlight some particularly
appealing spaces: large cities like New York or San Francisco, "wild" open
spaces, notably renowned national parks, and amusement parks -- such as
Disneyland or Six Flag -- which epitomize a prominent trend in the
development of “tourism bubbles” often backed by capitalist strategies. This
list of prominent tourist places indicates that the geography of tourist
markets is uneven and segmented. Tourists traveling to the U.S. are more
drawn to places that benefit from strong media coverage, whereas U.S.
nationals whose geographical interests and temporality are more diffuse and
who grow up with stories of the American West and its vibrant wilderness,
are inclined to practice leisure activities that favor the outdoor,
including outdoor tourism, near or far from home. Moreover, in the United
States, the question of tourism is intricately linked to memory and memorial
objects, particularly around the issues of slavery and Native American


Drawing from these observations, this international conference aims to
debate four major themes. First, the conference will explore tourist
imaginaries in the U.S. and will reflect upon the ways these imaginaries
shape mobility and produce “empty spaces” and “busy spaces” on the tourist’s
map. Next, based on the assumption that both the outdoor and tourism bubbles
hold a major place in the practice of leisure and tourism, the conference
will assess the postulate that --compared with Europe for instance—American
tourist imaginaries and practices in the U.S. remain specific. Then, we will
explore whether and how tourist mobility contributes to forging an American
identity, in other words the construction or, quite the contrary, the
fragmentation of a shared identity. Finally, the conference will welcome
contributions on tourist practices that provide a reflection on the ways in
which tourist destinations are shaped, as well as their visitors. The point
here is to consider how questions of tourist mobility and gender and racial
identities intersect as the latter inform major social and historical
specificities in the U.S.

Papers may adopt a diversity of research perspectives: historical
methodology (archival research), empirical methodology such as that of
sociology or geography (quantitative or qualitative surveys, participant
observation), a cultural studies approach or a literary studies approach.
Since these topics on tourism seek to be interdisciplinary, papers related
to all areas of the social sciences and humanities (geography, history,
sociology, anthropology, philosophy, literature, etc.) are welcomed.


Focusing on the intersections between space and American culture and
history, the conference will be structured along, but not limited to, the
following topics:

1.	Urban spaces
2.	Tourism bubbles
3.	The West and California
4.	Racial / ethnic tourism
5.	Tourism of Memory
6.	Tourism and gender identity
7.	National parks and the Outdoor

Please, submit proposals to Sophie Croisy (sophie.croisy at uvsq.fr
<mailto:sophie.croisy at uvsq.fr> ) and Frédéric Leriche
(frederic.leriche at uvsq.fr <mailto:frederic.leriche at uvsq.fr> ).

Deadline for proposals: September 10, 2019.

Proposals must include:

NAME, first name

University / department / address

Email / phone number


Proposals should be no longer than 2,000 signs ( + 5 keywords)

Decisions on proposals: October 10, 2019.


Contact Email: sandrine.ferre-rode at uvsq.fr
<mailto:sandrine.ferre-rode at uvsq.fr> 



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