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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: Noel B. Salazar Medina [mailto:nsalazar@SAS.UPENN.EDU] Sent: Friday, February 28, 2003 1:24 PM To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.BUFFALO.EDU Subject: [ANTHRO-L]
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      From: Noel B. Salazar Medina [mailto:nsalazar@...]
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      Subject: [ANTHRO-L] CFP - Heritage and Tourism: A Public Interest

      Call for papers:

      Heritage and Tourism: A Public Interest Approach
      American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, IL, USA;
      November 19-23, 2003

      Organizers: Noel Salazar Medina and Benjamin Porter, Department of
      Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

      The session takes up this year's AAA conference theme, 'Peace', in an
      exploration of heritage, tourism, and the ways public interest
      anthropology can address proliferating conflicts arising in tourism at
      heritage sites. Previous studies demonstrate how heritage is packaged
      for public consumption at highly formal, institutionalized levels such
      as government publications, museums, and the sites themselves. However,
      a public interest approach to heritage breaks from this top-down model
      as it fails to account for another, more informal sphere of heritage
      discourse and reality. Heritage is identified, in its first moments, in
      the language that people use to make meaningful claims about their past,
      meanings that subsequently embody material culture and practices such as
      performance and tourism.

      Understanding heritage as an objectifying process allows us to
      investigate its powerful role in motivating heritage tourism in local
      and global contexts. Although tourists possess differing motives for
      visiting sites, people who live in and around heritage sites possess
      their own representations and attachments that are often unrecognized.
      Instead, powerful local, national, and international interest groups
      impose formal representations that agree with their economic and
      ideological agendas. As a result, conflicts between promoters, tourists,
      and local people threaten preservation and sustainability, and can lead
      to alienation and, in worst circumstances, violence.

      Given its sensitivity to conflict and dialogue within civil society,
      public interest anthropology (PIA) is rightly poised to examine ensuing
      conflicts in the global proliferation of heritage and tourism. PIA
      places civil society at the center of analysis, investigating how groups
      form and conflict with other groups in the promotion of their interests.
      An important aspect of PIA is participatory-action research, where the
      scholar acts as both researcher and public advocate, aggressively
      investigating the reasons for conflict, presenting their findings to all
      parties, and participating when invited in consensus building. At the
      same time, the scholar remains aware of disparities in power across
      involved groups and seeks to readdress this imbalance in the debate. As
      scholarship and advocacy combined, PIA offers a powerful research design
      with which to explore heritage tourism anew, providing the scholar with
      a means to further the goals of anthropological inquiry while promoting
      the need for dialogue in civil society.

      PIA is a four-field approach and graduate students from all of
      anthropology's sub-disciplines and other social sciences are strongly
      encouraged to submit a paper for this session. Topics may include
      studies exploring how local people formulate ideas about heritage and
      translate these ideas into special interests, and prescriptive case
      studies in the development and promotion of, and conflict resolution at
      heritage sites. Other topics may include particular disjunctures between
      local, national, and diasporic heritage sentiments, how local people
      promote their own heritage interests (e.g. guiding, selling, advocating)
      when faced with competing counter-narratives, and case studies examining
      the role of international agencies (e.g. World Bank, UNESCO, NGOs) in
      inadvertently promoting and actively resolving conflicts in heritage

      If interested in submitting an abstract, please e-mail Noel Salazar
      (nsalazar@...) or Benjamin Porter (bporter@...) by
      March 24, 2003. Please submit your name, your affiliation, a title and
      abstract limited to 250 words. The annual meetings of the American
      Anthropological Association (AAA) will be held in Chicago at the Hilton
      on November 19-23, 2003.



      We are currently also searching one or two respondents (scholars) who
      want to provide comments in the final portion of the session. If you are
      interested, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

      Noel B. Salazar Medina
      B.A.E.F. Fellow - William Penn Fellow
      Department of Anthropology
      University of Pennsylvania
      325 University Museum
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-6398, U.S.A.
      Phone: +1-215-417-1278

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