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ATLAS annual conference 2008 - Brighton, United Kingdom

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  • Leontine Onderwater
    ATLAS annual conference 2008 ... Selling or Telling? Paradoxes in Tourism, Culture and Heritage University of Brighton, United Kingdom, 2 - 4 July 2008 Even
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      ATLAS annual conference 2008


      Selling or Telling?
      Paradoxes in Tourism, Culture and Heritage

      University of Brighton, United Kingdom, 2 - 4 July 2008

       Even thought the number of abstracts received for this conference is again reaching a record, we extent the deadline for submitting abstracts to March 28th 2008 due to many requests.

      The School of Service Management (SSM), in conjunction with EPOCH from the Brighton Business School, are proud to announce they are hosting the annual ATLAS conference. This is the first time the conference has been held in England and thus it is expected that approximately 150+ delegates from ATLAS Europe and EPOCH as well as others from around the world will attend the event.

      The Royal Pavilion in Brighton

      The idea behind this conference is to provide an intellectual space to explore the numerous issues that exist between the 'selling' and 'telling' of cultural heritage through tourism. The conflicts range from purely commercial (i.e. competition for space between residents and tourists) and the more esoteric aspects of how and who makes visual, political and cultural representation of local people. The four streams are interconnected so as to provide a coherent logic to the proceedings yet diverse enough to allow for a wide range of multidisciplinary papers that will enable lively debate and provide new insights into this complex area.

      Conference themes / streams

      Abstracts for presentations are invited on the following themes / streams:

      1. Dynamic Heritage Impact: Measuring and changing impact

        The Heritage Impact stream will focus on the crucial, yet complex issue of assessing the socio-economic impact of cultural heritage at the site, city and regional levels. The core issues of the stream will include measuring socio-economic impact, and best practices for improving the 'impact' of heritage sites, cities and regions. This is an opportunity for academics, policy makers and practitioners in the heritage field to share the latest thinking on research direction and to consider strategies for improving and evaluating socio-economic impact in the cultural heritage sector.

        The scientific committee are looking for papers on the following topics:
        • Heritage-led development at the site, city and regional level
        • Changing impacts through strategy, marketing and policy
        • Analysis and critique of methodologies used to analyse impact and value at cultural heritage sites (such as metrics and measures)
        • Economic, social, technological, and environmental impact case studies

      2. Diversification and Regeneration

        Increasingly leisure and tourism have been identified as a mechanism through which urban, rural and coastal environments can be renewed and regenerated, contributing towards local and regional development. The debates on the production and consumption of leisure and tourism landscapes and environments have been recurrent in both leisure and tourism studies, with focuses on economic sustainability, community development and social cohesion, urban and coastal regeneration, rural diversification and renaissance, culture-led regeneration and marketing.

        These conference workshops will aim at discussing papers in the field of:
        • Heritage landscapes, places and spaces (objects, buildings, sites, towns, regions)
        • Role of festival and events
        • National, regional and local policies and practices
        • Marketing Heritage for tourism

      3. Culture, Heritage and Representation

        This theme focuses on the relationship between culture, heritage and representation. Within these broad areas we are keen to encourage papers that highlight and explore the many ways in which the heritage is used and experienced and as such perspectives may be informed by a range of subject areas and disciplines beyond tourism for example, anthropology, archaeology, cultural studies, geography, history, museum studies, political sciences, and sociology. The focus can be on natural or built heritage or on the artefacts of material culture that form the basis for many heritage collections and displays. Aspects of heritage management are welcome as are papers that wish to explore the embodied, performative nature of engagement with the heritage.

        Thematic priorities:
        • Heritage and identity
        • Sexuality and gender
        • Contested/ dissonant heritages
        • The role of heritage groups and organizations - international, regional, national, local
        • Coastal and seaside resort heritage
        • The experience of heritage - that of the researcher, the tourist or the heritage employee such as a tour guide.

      4. Conflicts

        While tourism is often talked about in positive terms, there are also paradoxes that arise from the confluence of leisure mobility, residents, activists, scientists, business and politics. This stream invites papers that address these controversial issues that are captured in a series of questions (below).

        The convenors also welcome papers that challenge the basic assumptions underpinning the questions:
        • Given the conflicting needs of archaeology (preservation, conservations and knowledge) and tourism (gazing and corporate profit) can they work together to produce both good science and satisfying visitor experiences?
        • Given the role of tourism marketing and policy making in deterritorialising a region, how can residents reterritorialise and reject the subaltern role? Does tourism reconfigure power relations in specific ways in destinations?
        • Does ecotourism conflict with, or create a diversion against serious efforts at combating climate change/reducing carbon emissions?
        • To what extent can tourism be described as an agent of peace? Can war and conflict be reconciled through tourism?

      Please visit the ATLAS website at www.atlas-euro.org

      Leontine Onderwater
      Jantien Veldman
      Linda Gramser

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