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DEPARTMENT: Travel & Tourism Management

INSTITUTION: Amar Singh College, University of Kashmir

TITLE: Orientalist Imaginaries of Travels in Kashmir Western Representations of the People and Place

Rafiq Ahmad is Assistant Professor of Tourism Management at Amar Singh College, Kashmir University, Srinagar, India. With a Ph.D in Management, his work includes development of the sociology of taste and power relations in tourism within the framework of Bourdieu’s sociology. He is also interested in issues related to community tourism and Orientalist tourism


NAME: Eva Ambos

INSTITUTION: Cluster 'Asia and Europe', University of Heidelberg, Germany

TITLE: Religion on Stage: Performing Tourist Imaginaries in Sri Lanka



NAME: Pedro Andrade

DEPARTMENT: Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Linguagens

INSTITUTION: Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa



NAME: Michela Baldo

DEPARTMENT: Translation Studies

INSTITUTION: The University of Manchester

TITLE: Imagining a mythical island: Lesbian tourism in Lesbos

Michela Baldo graduated at the University of Padova in Classics, Italian and Modern Greek in 2000 and has a Masters degree (2004) and PhD in Translation studies (Italian-Canadian writing 2009) from the University of Manchester. She is currently a teaching fellow in Translation at the University of Birmingham and works occasionally as a freelance translator.



NAME: João Baptista

DEPARTMENT: Institute of Ethnology

INSTITUTION: Martin Luther University

TITLE: The sharing of imaginaries of problems in ‘community-based tourism’

João Afonso Baptista is a PhD student in Anthropology at the Martin Luther University, in Germany. His main research interests are tourism, consumption, and ‘development’. Contact: Institute for Social Anthropology, Reichardtstraße 11, 06114 Halle, Germany. E-mail:


NAME: Yaniv Belhassen

DEPARTMENT: Department of Hotel & Tourism Management

INSTITUTION: Ben Gurion University of the Negev

TITLE: The Construction of the Imaginary Holy Land in the Evangelical Sub-Culture 

Yaniv Belhassen received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, and then joined the faculty at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He teaches courses in cultural tourism studies, sociology of tourism, principles of management, and critical management studies. His research on evangelical pilgrimage to the Holy Land focuses on conceptualizing the pilgrim experience, with an emphasis on its cultural and political features.


NAME: Michaela  Benson

DEPARTMENT: School for Policy Studies

INSTITUTION: University of Bristol

TITLE: Culture, personal biographies, and credibility: Exploring the intersections of imagination and lifestyle migration



NAME: Marian  Binkley


INSTITUTION: Dalhousie University

TITLE: From Nostalgia to Progress – State Marketing of Nova Scotia’s Tourism

Marian Binkley is Professor of Anthropology, at Dalhousie University. 

Her current research focuses on the restructuring of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia from a fishing-based economy to one depend on tourism and high technology. She has published four books ? Voices From Offshore (1994), Risks, Dangers and Rewards (1995), Set Adrift (2002), and Changing Tides (co-edited 2005) ? as well as numerous articles and book chapters.



INSTITUTION: Institut de Recherche pour le Développement / Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense

TITLE: Seeking care or going on vacation? Transformations of therapeutic/traveling perceptions and practices viewed through the phenomenon of medical tourism.

Audrey Bochaton, health geographer, works as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD – Unit 208) in Lao PDR. Her PhD research concerns the questions raised by patients’ movements on a regional level, more precisely in the Lao-Thai border area. She also studies patients’ mobility on an international scale, a phenomenon known as “medical tourism”.

Audrey Bochaton, géographe de la santé, réalise actuellement un post-doctorat au sein de l’institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD – UMR 208) au Laos. Son travail de doctorat s'est intéressé aux mobilités de patients à l'échelle régionale, plus particulièrement dans la région frontalière entre le Laos et la Thaïlande. Elle a également travaillé sur les mouvements de patients à l’échelle internationale, phénomène connu sous l'expression « tourisme médical ».


NAME: Lukasz Bochenek

DEPARTMENT: Enterprise Institute

INSTITUTION: Université de Neuchâtel

TITLE: Imagining the travel – stratifying the travelers 

Lukasz Bochenek is a PhD candidate in management studies at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, where he is working on a thesis about the role of corporate social responsibility in corporate communications strategies In addition to his role at the University; he is LEIDAR’s in-house research specialist and trend analyst and our resident expert on social media and new communications technology. He lectures at the University of Warsaw.

Lukasz started his career in the Warsaw offices of McCann Erickson where he worked on the General Motors and Microsoft accounts. He has also completed various research projects for organizations including as Polkomtel, the University of Warsaw and the European Broadcasting Union. Lukasz writes and speaks English, French and Polish and has intermediate knowledge of Italian.




INSTITUTION: Université Paris I

TITLE: L'imaginaire touristique à l'épreuve du Costa Rica : de la production des lieux touristiques à la construction d'une identité territoriale



NAME: Nan Boyd

DEPARTMENT: Women and Gender Studies Department

INSTITUTION: San Francisco State University

TITLE: Sex, Race, and Tourism in San Francisco

Nan Alamilla Boyd has a BA from UC Berkeley (History) and a Ph.D. from Brown University (American Civilization). She is currently Professor and Chair of the Women and Gender Studies Department at San Francisco State University where she teaches courses on the history of sexuality, queer theory, historical methodology, and urban tourism. Her book, Wide Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965 (University of California Press, 2003), charts the rise of gay and lesbian politics in San Francisco. Her current research explores the history of tourism in San Francisco



TITLE : "Dear Mr. Vagabond":  Letters to a Hippie Guidebook Writer

Ben Brazil is a Ph.D. candidate in Emory University's Graduate Division of Religion, where he is in the American Religious Cultures track.   His main interests are in history of religions and "spiritualities" in America, the sociology of religion, and the multi-disciplinary study of travel and tourism.  His dissertation focuses on "spirituality" and travel in the 1960s and 1970s, especially as it relates to youth culture and the counterculture


NAME: Alexis Bunten

DEPARTMENT: Department of Anthropology

INSTITUTION: Humboldt State University

TITLE: Redirecting Demand: Reshaping Popular Imagination in the Production of the Ethnic Tourism Experience



NAME: Elizabeth Carnegie

INSTITUTION: University of Sheffield

TITLE: 'An espionage sortie in the American culture wars': exploring the imagined world of 'reasons late-modern other'

TITLE: Beautiful, rugged and flawed? 'New World Scots' imaginings of a left land

Elizabeth Carnegie : Research areas include museums and audiences and public memory, and religion and cultural identity. She is currently researching the role of contemporary faith in society and the shaping of cultural and religious identities within Diasporic communities. She currently lectures in arts and culture at the University of Sheffield and holds a PhD in representation (Edinburgh) and an M.A in Museum Studies (Leicester). A former curator, she has participated in  number of high profile and award winning projects including being a member of the team devising the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow (1993).


NAME: Charles Carroll

DEPARTMENT: Tourism Studies Working Group


TITLE: Divergent imaginaries guided along the Party line: Domestic tourism in national museums, intergenerational tensions and the inculcation of young propagandists in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. 




DEPARTMENT: Centre d'études africaines


TITLE: Création d'un Tibet en Afrique

Nadège Chabloz achieves her PhD in anthropology (EHESS, Paris) about the encounters between French and African people through marginal practices of tourism in West and Central Africa.



DEPARTMENT: Social Anthropology

INSTITUTION: University of Manchester

TITLE: Tourism as a form of State Building: China's "Red Tourism"



NAME: Lai Chia-ling


INSTITUTION: Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang Univ, Taiwan

TITLE: Packing the World Expo as tourists' global-mega event: analyzing the media and package tour as the intermediate mechanism of tourist attraction-making



NAME: Mary Conran

DEPARTMENT: Anthropology

INSTITUTION: University of Hawaii at Manoa

TITLE: "I Want to See/Save the World": The Geography of Compassion in Volunteer Tourism

Mary Conran is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has research interests in alternative tourism, the cultural politics of tourism encounters and the political economy of tourism development. She has conducted fieldwork on volunteer, cultural and ecotourism in northern Thailand.


NAME: Maria João Cordeiro

DEPARTMENT: CECC - Research Centre for Communication and Culture

INSTITUTION: Portuguese Catholic University

TITLE: Perpetuating tourism imaginaries: guidebooks and films on Portugal

Maria João Cordeiro studied Modern Languages and Literatures (English and German Studies) in Lisbon, Trier and Hamburg (Germany). In 2008,  she earned her PhD in German Studies from the New University of Lisbon  with a project that focused on the tourist representation of Portugal in contemporary German guidebooks and newspaper travel articles. She is Professor at the Beja Polytechnic Institute and a member of the Research Centre for Communication and Culture of the Catholic University of Portugal.


NAME: Matilde Cordoba Azcarate

DEPARTMENT: The earth and environmental sciences program. The Graduate Center

INSTITUTION: The Graduate Center, City University of New York

TITLE:  “Thanks God, This is Not Cancun!”

Matilde Córdoba Azcárate is a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program, The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is also a lecturer in Social Anthropology at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. Her current research focuses on tourism (im)mobilities and development policies in the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico).

Maîtresse de conférences à l’Université Complutense de Madrid, Matilde Córdoba Azcárate est actuellement Investigatrice Postdoctorale Fullbright dans Progamme de Sciences de la Terre et Environnementales, au Graduate Center de la City University de New York. Ses recherches versent sur les (in)mobilités au tourisme et sur les politiques de développement au Yucatán (Mexique).




INSTITUTION: IUT  (Tours) / IREST (Paris 1)

TITLE: Le tourisme comme imaginaire

Anthropologue et maitresse de conférence en sociologie, Saskia Cousin enquête sur les institutions touristiques à différentes échelles (entreprises, collectivités locales, ministères, institutions internationales). Ses travaux ethnographiques portent actuellement sur les relations entre patrimonialisation et tourisme en Afrique de l’Ouest. D'un point de vue historique, elle travaille sur le rôle des sociétés locales dans l'invention du tourisme au 19e. Elle mène également un projet pluridisciplinaire et quantitatif sur google panoramio. Depuis 2005, elle coordonne un séminaire de recherche et un réseau de diffusion consacrés à l’étude critique du tourisme. Elle est également co-directrice de la revue interdisciplinaire

Saskia COUSIN  is an anthropologist and senior lecturer in sociology. She carries out fieldwork around tourism institutions at different levels (businesses,local authorities, ministries, international institutions). Her ethnographic work currently focuses on the relationship between heritage development and tourism in West Africa. From a historical standpoint, she works on the role of local societies in the invention of tourism in the 19th century. She also leads a multidisciplinary project on Google panoramio and geolocalised images. Since 2005, she coordinates a research seminar and a broadcast network dedicated to the critical study of tourism. She is also co-director of the interdisciplinary journal


NAME: Catherine COVEY

DEPARTMENT: Architecture


TITLE: (Re) imagining Cuzco



NAME: Amy Cox Hall


TITLE: Imagining Discovery: Hiram Bingham's photographs of Machu Picchu in National Geographic (1913)



NAME: Adriana Craciun

DEPARTMENT: English Department

INSTITUTION: University of California

TITLE: The Franklin Disaster as Historic Site,  Tourist Destination, and Sovereign Space

Adriana Craciun is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, where she holds  a UC President’s Research Fellowship for 2010-11, and is completing her book project, Northwest Passages: Authorship, Exploration Disaster, an interdisciplinary study of the interrelations of print, manuscript and material culture with Arctic exploration. She recently published two essays drawn from this research, in Interventions and in PMLA, and her essay on the ongoing understandings of the Franklin disaster site and relics grows from the extensive archival work she has conducted in UK archives. Craciun is also the co-organizer of a series of six multidisciplinary conferences, “The Disorder of Things: Predisciplinarity and the Divisions of Knowledge 1660-1850”


NAME: Athinodoros Cronis

DEPARTMENT: Management, Operations, and Marketing Department

INSTITUTION: California State University

TITLE: Between Place and a Story: Gettysburg as a Tourism Imaginary

Athinodoros Chronis is Associate Professor of Marketing at California State University, Stanislaus. His research embraces the experiential aspects of tourism consumption at the junction of history, geography, and material culture. He studies tourism narrativity, embodied performances, and consumer agency. He has examined the active role of consumers in the construction of cultural imaginaries both in the United States and Europe. He has theorized the co-constructed nature of tourism at Gettysburg (Annals of Tourism Research, 2005; Journal of Marketing Management, 2008) and the role of embodied memory in the formation of the Byzantine imaginary (Tourist Studies, 2006).


NAME: Thibault Danteur

INSTITUTION: Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III, LERSEM, France

TITLE: La place Jamaa El Fna de Marrakech: coproduction d'un imaginaire orientaliste

Danteur Thibault : Mon travail doctoral porte sur l’industrie de la grande distribution et son impact sur les représentations et l’imaginaire des cultures où elle s’installe à travers l’exemple du fait alimentaire. Mes recherches, menées durant dix-huit mois au Maroc, suivent une méthodologie qualitative et socio-anthropologique, et s’enracinent dans les champs de la sociologie économique, de l’alimentation, de l’imaginaire et des représentations sociales. Elles analysent les interactions complexes qui se lient entre distribution moderne et marché local tant sur le plan économique que culturel, ce qui m’a amené à m’intéresser au tourisme comme élément fondamental du tissu économique et social marocain.

 Danteur Thibault : As a Phd applicant in sociology, my work is about the influence of retail and department store industries on cultural representations and imaginaries through the example of food products and habits. My research which have been led for 18 months in Morocco, follows a qualitative and socio-anthropological methodology and focuses on the fields of economical sociology, sociology of food and sociology of imaginaries and social representations. It analyzes complex interactions which are linked between modern retail channel and local market on the economical and cultural sides as well, which brought me to be interested in tourism as a fundamental element of the moroccan social and economical model.


NAME: Jennifer Devine

INSTITUTION: University of California Berkeley

TITLE: Imagining El Mirador: El Dorado or Apacolypto?



NAME: Michael Di Giovine

DEPARTMENT: Department of Anthropology

INSTITUTION: University of Chicago

TITLE: The Imaginaire Dialectic and the Refashioning of Pietrelcina, Italy

Michael A. Di Giovine is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Chicago. Working in both Southeast Asia (Cambodia and Vit Nam) and Europe (Italy), his research focuses on tourism/pilgrimage, heritage discourses, museums, placemaking, development and revitalization. A former tour operator with over a decade of experience with the travel sector, his monograph, The Heritage-scape: UNESCO, World Heritage, and Tourism has been well received. A dual Italian and United States citizen, Michael is currently researching urban and cultural revitalization in Italy associated with pilgrimage in the cult of twentieth century Catholic stigmatic and saint, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.


NAME: Elizabeth ErkenBrack

DEPARTMENT: Anthropology

INSTITUTION: University of Pennsylvania

TITLE: The Mobilization of Quechua as an Ethnocommodity

Elizabeth ErkenBrack is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work is focused in linguistic anthropology, with a strong interest in media and internet ethnography, semiotic analysis and the Andean region. This paper is part of her larger dissertation project, based on research conducted both in Cuzco, Peru and online, as well as comparative work done in the Lima, Arequipa and Puno regions of Peru.



NAME: Adèle Esposito



TITLE:  Siem Reap aux portes d’Angkor (Cambodge) : le rôle des images touristiques dans la conception des projets architecturaux




NAME: Federica Ferraris

DEPARTMENT: Anthropology

INSTITUTION: University of Sussex (UK)

TITLE: Out of sight, out of time: Italian tourist imageries of Cambodia

Federica Ferraris is currently Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex, UK. She has recently undertaken a post-doctoral research project revolving around EU-based Sikh travel narratives about Indian and Pakistani shrines as means of investigating the construction of second and third generation migrants’ Sikh ethnic and religious identity in Italy and the UK.

Federica Ferraris est actuellement Visiting Research Fellow auprès du Département d’Anthropologie, Université du Sussex, Royaume-Uni. Elle a récemment entreprise une recherche post-doctorale autour des comptes de voyages des Sikhs résidents en Europe à propos des temples en Inde et Pakistan comme instrument d’analyse des changements dans la construction identitaire ethnique et religieuse des deuxièmes et troisièmes générations de l’immigration Punjabi en Angleterre et Italie.


NAME: Alexandra Ferreira

INSTITUTION: Independent

TITLE: Hotel Utopia: the dream of the “National Hotel” during the 1st half of the XX century in Portugal

Alexandra Ferreira is both an incoming tourism worker, as well as an art historian, having recently concluded her master at Universidade Nova de Lisboa with the Thesis “Tourism and Hotel Equipments in Portugal: 1933 -1948”


NAME: Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes

DEPARTMENT: Department of Architectural Composition

INSTITUTION: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona TECH

TITLE: Reinventing Gaudí. From nation to tourism: Architecture, conflict, and change in Barcelona’s tourist imaginary.

Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes : Architect, PhD candidate and research and teaching assistant at the Department of Architectural Composition of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTECH. Winner of Spain’s National First Prize for University Graduates (2006) and fellow by the Caja de Arquitectos, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain.

Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes : Architecte, candidat au doctorat et assistant de recherche et d’enseignement au Département de la Composition Architecturale de l’Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTECH. Gagnant du Premier Prix Nationale pour les Diplômes Universitaires de l’Espagne (2006) a reçu des bourses de la Caja de Arquitectos, de  l’Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, et du Ministère de la Science et Innovation de l'Espagne



TITLE:  Faire le Tour du Monde à la Fin du XIXe Siècle

Lionel Gauthier est assistant de recherche et d’enseignement au Département de géographie de l’Université de Genève. Ses recherches portent principalement la construction et la diffusion de l’exotisme. Il travaille actuellement à une thèse sur la collection photographique d’un voyageur suisse de la fin du XIXe siècle.

Lionel Gauthier is a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Geography of the University of Geneva. His research focuses on the construction and the circulation of exoticism. For his current doctoral research he is working with the photographic collection of a Swiss traveler from the end of the 19th century.


NAME: Rongling Ge

DEPARTMENT: Department of Anthropology

INSTITUTION: Xiamen University

TITLE: Design a Tunpu for Tourism:  A case study in southwest China

Rongling Ge is a PhD candidate in Department of Anthropology at Xiamen University, China. She is now working on her doctoral dissertation based on her field research in a tourism village in Southwest China. It focuses on the forms and production of spatial practices in local community’s transforming process of ethnic identity and social relationships in the context of heritage tourism



NAME: Jenny Germann Molz

DEPARTMENT: Department of Sociology and Anthropology

INSTITUTION: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

TITLE: Displacement, Disconnection and Desire: Tourist Imaginaries of Escape in the Digital Age

Jennie Germann Molz, PhD is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her current research interests revolve around tourism mobilities, mobile technologies, online networking and social media. She is currently working on a book titled Travel Connections: Tourism, Technology and Togetherness in a Mobile World.



TITRE : L’imaginaire de l’expérience de tourisme solidaire versus l’imaginaire des expériences de tourisme de masse ? Un code symbolique commun derrière une opposition idéologique.

Alain Girard


NAME: Mariana  Gómez Schettini

CO-AUTHOR: Claudia Alejandra Troncoso

DEPARTMENT: Gino Germani Research Institute, Social Sciences School- Institute of Geography

INSTITUTION: University of Buenos Aires

TITLE: Tourist Imaginaries and Global Competence: Promoting Touristic Argentina 



NAME: Bertram Gordon


INSTITUTION: Mills College

TITLE: The Battle of Tourism in World War II – Different Perspectives

Bertram M. Gordon, professeur d'histoire à Mills College, Oakland, Californie, l'auteur de _Collaborationism in France during the Second World War_ (1980) et l'éditeur de la _Historical Dictionary of World War II France: The Occupation, Vichy and the Resistance, 1938-1946_ (1998), est en train d'écrire un livre, _War and Tourism: The Case of World War II France_


NAME: Marie-Laure Guilland

DEPARTMENT: sociology / anthropology

INSTITUTION: Institut des Hautes Eudes sur l'Amérique Latine, Sorbonne Nouvelle

TITLE:  "Colombia, the only risk is wanting to stay" Toward a touristic Colombia: uses and misappropriations of the imaginary of risk  "La Colombie, le risque est de vouloir y rester" Pour une Colombie touristique : Usages et détournements de l'imaginaire du risque

Marie Laure Guilland est doctorante en socio-anthropologie à l'Institut de Hautes Etudes sur l'Amérique Latine (Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle). Elle s'intéresse aux conflits de valeurs engendrés par la mise en tourisme du patrimoine colombien. A travers ce processus ce sont plus largement les enjeux identitaires et politiques de communautés locales et nationales qui sont questionnés.

 Marie Laure Guilland is a PhD candidate in Socio-Anthropology at the l'Institut de Hautes Etudes sur l'Amérique Latine (Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle). She explores the social dynamics through the conflicts of values generated by heritage process and development of tourism in Colombia. These analyses provide to wonder about the identity politic of local and national communities.


NAME: Frédérique Guyader

DEPARTMENT: anthropologie


TITLE: Stability and change in a tourism policy: the case of Lijiang (Yunnan, China).

Frédérique Guyader

Doctorante en anthropologie rattachée au laboratoire IRSEA (Université de Provence Aix-Marseille I), Frédérique Guyader consacre l'intégralité de ses travaux à l'influence du tourisme de Lijiang (Yunnan, Chine) .

Son travail de terrain s'articule autour de la recomposition du social et de la politique culturelle de cette région. Elle est par ailleurs membre du bureau de l'association française des anthropologues et du CA de l'AFEA.



NAME: Haejeong Hahn


INSTITUTION: Seattle University

TITLE: Empire Building, Catastrophes and Tourism in French and English Illustrated Press, 1870-1914 

H. Hazel Hahn is the author of Scenes of Parisian Modernity: Culture and Consumption in the Nineteenth Century (2009). She works on a book manuscript, Cultures of Travel, and also writes on French colonial urban history in Indochina. She is also co-editing, with Vimalin Rujivacharakul and Ken Tadashi Oshima, a volume titled Architectural-ized Asia, which examines the ideas of “Asia” and “Eurasia” through architectural history and related fields.


NAME: Dana Hercbergs

DEPARTMENT: Program in Israel Studies and the Department of Anthropology

INSTITUTION: University of Calgary

TITLE: Ideology and Mobile Cartographies: The Visual Management of Jerusalem

Dana Hercbergs is a visiting Assistant Professor at the Israel Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on Jewish and Arab identities, memory and narratives of place in Jerusalem. She is presently researching ideologically-motivated tourism and Palestinian immigrant traditions in North America.




INSTITUTION: cergy pontoise university

TITLE: Imaginaire touristique et lieux de mémoire de la Grande Guerre


NAME: Jenny Huberman

DEPARTMENT: Department of Sociology/Anthropology

INSTITUTION: University of Missouri-Kansas City

TITLE: Children and The Tourist Imaginary: Reflections from Banaras





INSTITUTION: Université de Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

TITLE: Imaginaires touristiques et imaginaires locaux



NAME: Lu Jin

DEPARTMENT: Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

INSTITUTION: University of California, Berkeley

TITLE: Tourism imaginary and rural development: The practice of ecomuseums in China as an imaginary of the Western model

Lu JIN is a PhD student in Xiamen University, China and a visiting student researcher in University of California, Berkeley.

Her research interests are tourism anthropology, heritage studies and anthropology of museums.
She is now working on her doctoral dissertation on a Sino-Norwegian cooperation project “ecomuseum” (community museum) in Guizhou, China.




NAME: Miriam Kahn

DEPARTMENT: Department of Anthropology

INSTITUTION: University of Washington

TITLE: Like Magic: Illusion and Reality in Tahiti's Tourist Cocoons

Miriam Kahn, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, has conducted research in Oceania for over 30 years. She is the author of Always Hungry, Never Greedy: Food and the Expression of Gender in a Melanesian Society; Pacific Voices: Keeping Our Cultures Alive, and Tahiti Beyond the Postcard: Power, Place and Everyday Life.


NAME: Terence Keller Andrade
DEPARTMENT: Department of Geography

INSTITUTION: University Paris III, CREDAL, UMR7169

TITLE: Le tourisme imaginé à Manaus dans la belle époque des réformes urbaines


NAME: Valérie Kohler

DEPARTMENT: Department of Geography

INSTITUTION: University of Geneva, Switzerland

TITLE: Fossilisation d’un imaginaire touristique ? Le cas du Grand Nord canadien face à sa mise en tourisme par le web

Valérie Kohler est assistante doctorante au département de géographie à l’Université de Genève, Suisse. Se basant sur une perspective constructiviste, elle s’intéresse au concept d’exotisme dans ses limites géographiques comme conceptuelles. Ses recherches se focalisent sur le tourisme arctique et sur la notion d’altérité dans l’imaginaire occidental.

Valérie Kohler is a teaching assistant and she is doing her PhD thesis in the department of Geography at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. From her constructivist perspective, she is interested in the concept of exoticism in its geographical and conceptual limits. Her researches are moreover focused on arctic tourism and the notion of Otherness in the western imagination.



NAME: Miha Kozorog

DEPARTMENT: Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology

INSTITUTION: Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

TITLE: 'Hell over Paradise': Reproduction and altering of the imaginary of a “natural place” through subcultural music festivals

Miha Kozorog is a post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). Hi is researching the role of festivals in the production of locality processes. In January 2010 he published a monograph Anthropology of a tourist destination in formation: place, festivals and local identity in the Tolminska region (in Slovenian language).


NAME: Ming-chun Ku

INSTITUTION: Institute of Sociology, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

TITLE: Actors, and Multiple Imagined Landscapes of Tourism: A Case Study of Tourism in the Mogao Caves, China

 Ming-chun Ku (Ph.D., New School for Social Research, USA) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.  She has een working on China’s historic tourism in the Reform Era since her Ph.D. dissertation researchHer recent research, conducted in Northwest China, concerns the cultural politics and cultural economy entangling in China’s heritage tourism.  She is also undertaking a comparative study of cultural governance of heritage in China and Taiwan.


NAME: Julien Laverdure



TITLE: Manipulating Archaism, Cultural Entrepreneurs and the Touristic Imaginaries of Autochtony.

Julien Laverdure is PhD candidate of sociology and political anthropology at the IHEAL (Institute of Advanced Studies on Latin America, Paris III University - Sorbonne Nouvelle) and the EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences). He holds a MA in International Studies – Latin American Studies from IHEAL – Paris III. He conducts field research in Central America, mostly Costa Rica, focusing on the cultural entrepreneurs who construct ethnic tourism and crafts markets, and their social strategies in the context of neo-indigenism and the new economies of identity.

Julien Laverdure est doctorant à l'Institut des Hautes Études sur l'Amérique Latine (IHEAL - Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle) et à l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Il est titulaire d'un Master 2 Recherche (Études internationales - Études Latino-Américaines) de l'IHEAL. Sa recherche porte, en Amérique Centrale, principalement Costa rica, sur les entrepreneurs culturels qui construisent les marchés du tourisme ethnique et de l'artisanat autochtones. Il étudie leurs stratégies sociales, dans le cadre du néo-indigénisme et des économies de l'identité.


NAME:  Isabelle LEFORT


INSTITUTION: University of Lyons 2

TITLE: Où l’on fait l‘hypothèse que le  « kitsch » constitue un opérateur d’imaginaires touristiques



NAME: Jing Li

DEPARTMENT: Asian Studies

INSTITUTION: Gettysburg College

TITLE: Aestheticizing Xishuang Banna: Minority Song and Dance Spectacle, Economic Regionalism, and Image Crafting in China’s Ethnic Tourism

Jing Li is an assistant professor of Chinese Studies at Gettysburg College, USA. Her research focuses on folklore, ethnicity, gender, and tourism. She has published articles on nationalism and Chinese folklore studies; ethnic tourism, identity construction, and cultural transformations in Xishuang Banna, Yunnan, China.


NAME: Ken Little

DEPARTMENT: Anthropology

INSTITUTION: York University

TITLE: Belize Ephemera: Materiality, Affect and an Emergent Imaginary

Ken Little’s research addresses how tourism becomes a significant modality through which transnational, late-modern, everyday life is organized and how tourist encounters open imaginative spaces that stimulate new forms of social life that actively ensure new “fantasies of becoming.”  He has been exploring new ways of thinking through flows, processes, and interconnections in touristic encounters, productions and narratives as a means of tracking the affective forces generating everyday life in Belize under the pressures of local and global transformations of public cultures. He is now completing a book length manuscript tentatively entitled On the Nervous Edge of and Impossible Tropics.   


NAME: Sheungting Iris Lo

CO-AUTHOR: Prof Bob McKercher

DEPARTMENT: School of Hotel and Tourism Maangement

INSTITUTION: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

TITLE: Tourism, Online Photography, and Mediation of Self



NAME: Scott MacLeod

INSTITUTION: World University and School

TITLE: Information Technologies, Virtuality and the Touristic Imagination

 Scott MacLeod's ( research focuses on the anthropology of information technology and counterculture. He's taught "Society and Information Technology" on Berkman Island (not on Harvard University's faculty) in Second Life, and on Penn State Isle in Second Life as a Penn State University instructor. He's taught both anthropology and sociology in real life at Chatham University, the University of Pittsburgh, and at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He's currently writing an ethnography of Harbin Hot Springs in northern California, with a virtual world aspect, and developing World University and School (like Wikipedia with MIT Open Course Ware -


NAME: Elena  Marchiori

CO-AUTHOR: Alessandro Inversini, Lorenzo Cantoni

DEPARTMENT: Faculty of Communication

INSTITUTION: University of Lugano

TITLE: Credibility in the Online Tourism: An analysis of the aspects of reception and consumption of imaginaries produced in Web 2.0 Tourism Services

Elena Marchiori is a PhD candidate at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, University of Lugano, Switzerland – Elena’s research interests focus on web reputation and reliability in the eTourism field. She has studied the online communication of the cruise industry, and done consultancy activities in this area. Elena holds a Master degree in Media Management from the University of Lugano, and earned her Bachelor degree in Communication Sciences at the University of Padua (Italy).

Philip Feifan Xie is an Associate Professor of the Tourism, Leisure and Event Planning program and School Director of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. He holds a PhD in planning from the University of Waterloo, Canada. His areas of specialization include cultural and heritage tourism. He has done extensive research on ethnic tourism in Asia



DEPARTMENT: University of La Rochelle-CNRS UMR 6250 LIENSs


TITLE: A comme Açores (A like Azores)

Louis Marrou is nowaday Professor of human and cultural geography at the University of La Rochelle on the French Atlantic Coast. He is the vice-director of C.N.R.S. Laboratory "Littoral, Environnement et Société" and the present Scientific Director of the International Festival of Geography of Saint Dié des Vosges in France (the most important Festival of Geography in Europe). He works about the human geography of oceans and archipelagoes planning.

Louis Marrou enseigne la géographie humaine et culturelle à l'Université de La Rochelle, ville située sur la côte atlantique française. Il est directeur adjoint de l'UMR CNRS 6250 Littoral, Environnement et Sociétés (LIENSs) et Directeur Scientifique du Festival International de Geographie de Saint Dié dans les Vosges (en collaboration avec B. Lemartinel). Ses recherches portent sur une géographie humaine des espaces océaniques et le fonctionnement des systèmes archipélagiques.




NAME: Amie Matthews

DEPARTMENT: School of Social Sciences

INSTITUTION: University of Western Sydney

TITLE: Liminal imaginings: journeying narratives and the mediatised construction of the travel space.

Amie Matthews is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Western Sydney (Australia), where she teaches in sociology and tourism studies.  Building on earlier research into the role of travel in the lives of young Australians, Amie is currently researching backpacker discourses on and involvements with illicit drug use


NAME: Claudio Minca

INSTITUTION: Wageningen University

TITLE: Tourism and biopolitics



NAME: Liz Montegary


DEPARTMENT: Cultural Studies

INSTITUTION: University of California, Davis

TITLE: Reimagining Provincetown?: Fifteen Years of “Family Week”

Liz Montegary is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cultural Studies program at the University of California, Davis. Her dissertation, “QueerMovements: Mobilities, Activisms, Desires,” traces the history of lesbian and gay travel during the twentieth century to illustrate how global networks of exchange have shaped lesbian and gay politics in the U.S.



DEPARTMENT: UMR 6240 LISA (Lieux, Identité, eSpace et Activités)


TITLE: La Corse et le tourisme : une construction imaginaire à identité variable

MORETTI Jean Louis : Maître de conférences associé au département tourisme de l’UFR de droit, sciences sociales, économiques et de gestion.Membre de UMR 6240 LISA (Lieux, Identité, eSpace et Activités). Il a soutenu une thèse en géographie intitulée : « Tourisme et aménagement du territoire en Corse : la recherche de l’optimum ».

His thesis is a work of reflection upon the advancement of the relationship between tourism and its adjustments in Corsica in the past fifty years during which time planning stages and endeavours have abounded.


NAME: Patrick Naef

DEPARTMENT: Environmental Sciences Institute

INSTITUTION: University of Geneva

TITLE: Voyage a travers un baril de poudre

Patrick Naef est doctorant et assistant de recherche et d’enseignement dans le groupe d’écologie humaine de l’institut des Sciences de l’environnement (Université de Genève). Il travaille sur une thèse  pour le département de géographie. Cette recherche vise à mettre en  évidence les processus de patrimonialisation de sites marqués par un

conflit armé récent dans les villes de Sarajevo (Bosnie-Herzégovine)  et Vukovar (Croatie).

Patrick Naef is a PhD candidate and a teaching assistant in the Human

Ecology group of the Environmental Science Institute (University of Geneva). He is working on a thesis for the geography department. This research aims to look at the process of heritagization of sites traumatised by a recent armed conflict in the cities of Sarajevo(Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Vukovar (Croatia). Page personnelle / Personal page:


NAME: Pascale Nedelec

INSTITUTION: Université Lyon 2

TITLE: What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas : quand l’imaginaire touristique dessine le discours scientifique

 Pascale NEDELEC est ancienne élève de l’ENS LSH et agrégée de géographie. Ses thèmes de recherche en géographie urbaine et culturelle portent sur les villes états-uniennes. Doctorante, sa thèse traite de l’urbanité et de la citadinité à Las Vegas, travaillant notamment sur l’identité et les pratiques urbaines.

Pascale NEDELEC is a former student of the Ecole Normale Superieure and holds the “Agregation” in Geography. She is specializing in the urban and cultural geography of American cities. Ph.D. student, her dissertation deals with urbanity and sense of place in the Las Vegas urban area. She especially focuses on urban identities and practices.


NAME: Mari Oiry-Varacca

DEPARTMENT: Departement of Geography

INSTITUTION: Geneva University

TITLE: Fabriquer des imaginaires touristiques, réinventer l’identité.  Exemples dans la montagne marocaine. 

Marie Oiry-Varacca est assistante de recherche et d’enseignement au Département de géographie de l’Université de Genève. Son travail de thèse porte sur la mobilisation et la (ré)invention des identités autochtones dans les stratégies de développement territorial. Elle étudie en particulier des projets touristiques et patrimoniaux dans les montagnes marocaines.

Marie Oiry-Varacca is a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Geography of the University of Geneva. Her current doctoral research is about the mobilization and the (re)invention of indigenous identities in territorial development strategies. She focuses on tourism and heritage projects in the Moroccan mountains.


NAME: Karen O'Reilly

DEPARTMENT: Social Sciences

INSTITUTION: Loughborough University

TITLE: The role of the Imaginary in Residential Tourism

Karen O'Reilly is Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University. She has a background in both sociology and social anthropology, and has spent many years studying lifestyle migration in Europe. She is author of several books and papers in ethnographic methods and migration, and has just completed 'International Migration and Social Theory', for Palgrave.




DEPARTMENT: Department of Geography and Regional Research


TITLE: Wartime Heritage Tourist Attractions and Tourists’ Quality Expectation

Thitirat Panbamrungkij is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Regional Research at University of Vienna, Austria. She is currently doing her dissertation on applying Geographic Information System to support Tourism Development along the Southeast Asian East-West Economic Corridor.



NAME: Zhaorong Peng


DEPARTMENT: Department of Anthropology

INSTITUTION: Xiamen University

TITLE: Divergent Tourism Imaginaries: Three different tourism imaginaries to the same ethnic village

Lu Jin is a PhD student in Xiamen University, China and a visiting student researcher in University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests are tourism anthropology, heritage studies and anthropology of museums. She is now working on her doctoral dissertation on a Sino-Norwegian cooperation project “ecomuseum” (community museum) in Guizhou, China


NAME: Zhaorong Peng


DEPARTMENT: Department of Anthropology

INSTITUTION: Xiamen University

TITLE: Minzu, officials and tourists--Divergent Tourism Imaginaries of the same ethnic village

Zhaorong PENG is a professor in Department of Anthropology and a dean in College of Humanities in Xiamen University, China.

His research interests are tourism anthropology, ritual studies and cultural heritages, in which areas he published many articles and books.

2009. Heritage: Reflection and Interpretation. Kunming: Yunnan Education Press.

2007. Theories and Practices of Anthropological Rites. Beijing: Minzu Press.

2004. Tourism Anthropology. Beijing: Minzu Press.



NAME: Mathieu Petite

DEPARTMENT: Department of Geography

INSTITUTION: Royal Holloway University of London


Mathieu Petite is lecturer in geography at University of Geneva. He obtained his PhD in 2009 and was Academic Visitor in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway University of London. His main interest is the construction of identities through discourse and material objects. His current work concerns heritage conservation, tourism and migrations in the Alps.

Mathieu Petite est maître-assistant au Département de géographie de l'Université de Genève. Il a obtenu son doctorat en 2009 et a été chercheur invité au Département de géographie de la Royal Holloway University à Londres. Il s'intéresse principalement à la construction des identités au travers des discours et des objets matériels. Son travail porte en particulier sur le patrimoine, le tourisme et les migrations dans les Alpes.

NAME: Emmanuelle PEYVEL




Emmanuelle PEYVEL : Docteur en géographie, ATER à l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon – France. Titre de la thèse (2009) : L’émergence du tourisme au Vit Nam : lieux, pratiques et imaginaires. Doctor in geography and assistant teacher at the University of Lyon (Ecole Normale Supérieure) – France. Thesis title (2009): “The emergence of domestic tourism in Việt Nam: places, practices and representations”


NAME: David Picard

CO-AUTHOR: David Picard


INSTITUTION: CRIA/Universidade Nova de Lisboa

TITLE: Images and Experiences of Magic in Tourism



NAME: Jess Ponting

DEPARTMENT: Hospitality & Tourism Management

INSTITUTION: San Diego State University

TITLE: Producing Nirvana? A conceptual framework for understanding the production of a surfing tourist imaginary and its implications for destination communities in the less developed world.



NAME: Jess Ponting

CO-AUTHOR: Sandra Ponting, Kate Spilde

DEPARTMENT: Hospitality and Tourism Management

INSTITUTION: San Diego State University

TITLE: Tribal Gamings and Imaginaries of Contemporary "Indianness"



NAME: Benjamin Porter

DEPARTMENT: Near Eastern Studies Department


TITLE: Thinking through ruins: Parsing imaginaries on Middle Eastern tourism’s margins



NAME: Rina Priyani

DEPARTMENT: School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development

INSTITUTION: Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

TITLE: "Wisata Nusantara": Cultural and Political Imaginaries of Indonesian Domestic Tourism

Rina Priyani is lecturer at the School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia.  She was a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley in 2008-9.  Her doctoral research is about heritage conception of chinatown in urban Indonesia.


NAME: Bertrand Réau


INSTITUTION: Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique- Centre de sociologie européenne -Université Paris 1-CNRS-EHESS

TITLE: Entrepreneurs de tourisme et « imaginaires » du désert

Bertrand Reau is Associate Professor, University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne & European Center of Sociology and Political Science (CESSP) – European Center of Sociology (CSE). His work explores the social use of leisure time (both contemporarily and historically). Currently, he’s working on a definition of “international capital” through an analysis of the function of travel in elite education.



NAME: Madina Regnault


TITLE: Mayotte, une île sans imaginaire touristique ?

Regnault Madina : Doctorante à l’EHESS (Paris), Madina Regnault effectue des recherches sur les politiques culturelles à La Réunion et à Mayotte. Elle est également chargée d’enseignement (Université Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle), consultante en politiques culturelles, tourisme et développement (auprès de l’UNESCO en particulier) et actuellement Chercheur invitée à l’Université de Berkeley.

Regnault Madina : PhD Candidate at the EHESS (Paris), Madina Regnault is doing researches on cultural policies in Reunion and Mayotte Islands. She is also a lecturer (at the University Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle), consultant in cultural policies, tourism and development (especially for the UNESCO) and she is currently a Visiting Scholar at U C Berkeley.


NAME: Mike Robinson

DEPARTMENT: Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change

INSTITUTION: Leeds Metropolitan University

TITLE: Innocence, Desire and Loathing: Visiting the Book



NAME: Amos Ron

DEPARTMENT: Department of Tourism and Hospitality Studies

INSTITUTION: Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee

TITLE: Calvary and the tomb of Jesus: Tourism Imaginaries in Christian Themed Environments

Amos S. Ron : My PhD is in Cultural Geography (Hebrew University), and I am working as a senior lecturer at Kinneret College, Israel. My main research interests are three: tourism & leisure studies, cultural geography and geography of religions. My interests in tourism & leisure research focus on human-cultural aspects, especially spiritual and religious tourism, pilgrimage, heritage tourism and the sociology of tourism and leisure.

 My research in cultural geography focuses on landscape interpretation, spatial commemoration, and the relationship between landscape and identity. My research in geography of religions focuses on the spatial aspects of pilgrimage spaces, and on religious themed environments.



NAME: Rita Ross

DEPARTMENT: Canadian Studies Program


TITLE: Evangeline, Acadians, and Tourists

Rita Ross is an anthropologist and folklorist who has spent many years looking at the impact of the fictional character Evangeline on the cultural heritage of the Acadians. She is at present the Assistant Director of the Canadian Studies Program at UC Berkeley.
Rita Ross est anthropologue et folkloriste qui a passé de nombreuses années à la recherche sur l'impact de l'Évangéline, personnage de fiction, sur le patrimoine culturel des Acadiens des provinces maritimes canadiennes. Elle est actuellement le directeur adjoint du programme d'études canadiennes à l'UC Berkeley.


NAME: clothilde SABRE

INSTITUTION: université Lille 1, laboratoire Clersé

TITLE: Media Pilgrimage in Japan

Clothilde Sabre is currently PhD candidate in the field of anthropology, at the University of Lille 1, France. The PhD research is about tourism in Japan, understood as a consequence of Japanese pop culture's success in the West, especially in France.

Clothilde Sabre est actuellement doctorante en ethnologie à l'université de Lille 1. Le travail de thèse porte sur le tourisme au Japon envisagé comme une conséquence du succès de la pop culture japonaise en Occident, et plus particulièrement en France.


NAME: Habib Saidi


INSTITUTION: Laval University

TITLE: Imaginaire touristique et imaginaire national : regards croisées sur Québec et Tunis.

 Habib Saidi est professeur d’ethnologie et de muséologie au département d’histoire de l’Université Laval où il occupe le poste de directeur des programmes d’ethnologie et patrimoine. Il est membre régulier du Centre de recherche sur les lettres, les arts et les traditions et de l’institut du patrimoine culturel de l’Université Laval. Les recherches d’Habib Saidi portent sur les interactions du couple patrimoine/tourisme, plus précisément sur l’insertion de ce binôme dans les processus de revendications identitaires et nationalistes dans les pays ouverts au tourisme international.  Il dirige actuellement  un projet de recherche financé par le Conseil de Recherches en Sciences Humaines du Canada (CRSH)  et portant sur Québec et Tunis en tant que capitales nationales, villes du patrimoine mondial et destinations touristiques.


NAME: Noel Salazar

DEPARTMENT: Cultural Mobilities Research (CuMoRe)

INSTITUTION: University of Leuven

TITLE: The (im)mobility of tourism imaginaries



NAME: Paula Santos

DEPARTMENT: Behavioural & Political Science

INSTITUTION: Universidade Fernando Pessoa

TITLE: The Imagined Nation: Portugal dos Pequenitos miniature theme park and the mistery of the enduring appeal of the colonial image in a post-colonial time

Paula Mota Santos, PhD (University College London, UK)
Assistant Professor, Dept Behavioural and Political Sciences, Universidade Fernando Pessoa , Portugal. Main research interests:  the relationship between social identity & space and identity & representational systems (themed spaces) ; published work on heritage, tourism and photography as social practices; Additional research interests: urban anthropology; visual anthropology (the latter both as lecturer and as a filmmaker)



Bernard Schéou est économiste, enseignant-chercheur à l’université de Perpignan, membre du Cemotev (Université de Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelynes). Après des premiers travaux de recherche en économie spatiale, il se consacre depuis une dizaine d’années au tourisme, et plus particulièrement à la question de la relation à l’altérité et à l’ailleurs que cette pratique soulève.
Bernard Schéou is an economist, lecturer at the University of Perpignan, member of Cemotev  from the University of Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines. After early research in spatial economics, he has spent the opast decade on tourism, particularly on the question of the relation to otherness and elsewhere that this practice raises.




DEPARTMENT: English Department

INSTITUTION: Goettingen University

TITLE: “The only way I can deal with Egypt is as Molly MacCarthy did with Christmas: alphabetically”: Vita Sackville-West’s tourist experience in Egypt

Prof. Dr. Barbara Schaff holds the Chair of English Literature and Culture at the Georg-August University of Göttingen. She has previously held visiting professorships at the universities of Tübingen, Munich, Bochum and Vienna and been a senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University. Her research interests include travel writing, history of tourism, tourist guidebooks, transnational book history and authorship and gender, about which she has published widely.



DEPARTMENT: Department of International Tourism

INSTITUTION: Hannan University

TITLE: Imaginaries of “Old England” — A Study of a Changing Community in the English Countryside —

Prof. Yuko Shioji  specializes in  anthropology of tourism and English culture.   She is currently interested in self-representation of the host culture in tourism.  She teaches in Department of International Tourism at Hannan University, Osaka, Japan.


NAME: Harng Luh Sin


INSTITUTION: Royal Holloway, University of London

TITLE: Imagining and placing responsibilities in tourism




NAME: Estelle Sohier

DEPARTMENT: Département de géographie

INSTITUTION: Université de Genève

TITLE: Photographies et imaginaire touristique : la Grèce de Fred Boissonnas

Estelle Sohier a soutenu une thèse d’histoire à l’université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne et à l’université de Naples en 2007. Elle est aujourd’hui maître assistante au département de géographie de l’université de Genève et travaille sur les imaginaires géographiques et la photographie à travers l’œuvre du photographe suisse Fred Boissonnas.

Estelle Sohier received her Phd from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University l'Orientale of Naples in 2007. She is now lecturer at the department of geography of the University of Geneva.Her current research focuses on geographical imagination and photography through the work of a Swiss photographer, Fred Boissonnas.


NAME: Rupert Stasch

DEPARTMENT: Anthropology

INSTITUTION: U. California, San Diego

TITLE: Tourist and Tourate Imaginaries in Contrast, Conflict, or Cooperation: Nudity and Payment in New Guinea Primitivist Tourism

Rupert Stasch has carried out eighteen months of fieldwork with Korowai speakers of West Papua, Indonesia. He is the author of Society of Others: Kinship and Mourning in a West Papuan Place (U. California Press, 2009), a book exploring how Korowai make qualities of separateness and strangeness a positive basis of their social bonds. Stasch is currently working on an ethnography of interaction between Korowai and international tourists. This study focuses on Korowai and tourists’ culturally motivated hopes and dreams about each other, the great value each side finds in their interaction despite mutual incomprehension and misconstrual, and the processes of learning and transformation that different persons go through in these intercultural encounters.


NAME: Jean-François Staszak

DEPARTMENT: Dept de géographie

INSTITUTION: Université de Genève

TITLE: L'imaginaire géographique du tourisme sexuel

Jean-François Staszak a soutenu son doctorat en 1993 à l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne. Il a été maître de conférences à l’Université de Picardie, puis à l’Université de Panthéon-Sorbonne. Il est aujourd’hui professeur au département de géographie de l’Université Genève, dont il assure la direction.

Ses travaux ont d’abord concerné l’histoire ancienne et l’épistémologie de la géographie, puis la géographie économique et culturelle. Ses recherches récentes portent sur les représentations géographiques dans les champs de l’art et du tourisme - et plus largement en rapport avec la question de l’altérité. Son analyse des articulations entre les représentations, les pratiques et la réalité géographiques s’inscrit dans une perspective constructiviste, et emprunte volontiers aux théories du postmodernisme, du postcolonialisme et du genre.

Ses travaux en cours portent sur l’exotisme, avec un accent particulier sur les images.



NAME: Kensuke Sumii

DEPARTMENT: The Center for Japanese Studies


TITLE: Science to Develop a Showcase for Tourism: "Okinawa" as a Locus of Cultural Production among a Folklorist, a Popular TV Drama Producer, Popular TV and Magazine Reporters, and an Okinawan Tourist Promotion Agency.



NAME: Kristina Svels

DEPARTMENT: Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland

INSTITUTION: Demography and rural studies (sociology)

TITLE: Can a ‘blur’ image constitute an unique attraction?



NAME: Margaret Swain

DEPARTMENT: Women and Gender Studies

INSTITUTION: University of California, Davis

TITLE: Myth Management in Tourism’s Imaginariums: Tales from Southwest China, and Beyond.

Margaret Swain (Ph.D., University of Washington) is at the University of California, Davis, in Women and Gender Studies. Her first publication while a graduate student appeared in V. Smith’s Hosts and Guests, the Anthropology of Tourism (1976). Some of her recent work includes: edited books Gender/Tourism/Fun(?) (2002), and Explorers and Scientists in China's Borderlands, 1880-1950  (In Press); articles “The Cosmopolitan Hope of Tourism” (2009) Tourism Geographies, and “Commoditized Ethnicity for Tourism Development in Yunnan” (2010) in Moving Mountains, Forsyth & Michaud (eds.). She is currently co-President of the ISA International Tourism Research Cluster (RC-50)



Docteur en géographie de l’Université de La Rochelle, Benjamin Taunay est actuellement post-doctorant à l’Université d’Angers. Après une thèse sur le thème du tourisme intérieur chinois, il se penche maintenant sur l’évolution des mobilités et des destinations internationales chinoises. En privilégiant une approche interdisciplinaire, il analyse le rapport de la société chinoise contemporaine au tourisme, ainsi que les mutations socio-spatiales engendrées par ce phénomène en pleine croissance, en Chine continentale comme à l’étranger.


NAME: Lina Tegtmeyer

DEPARTMENT: Graduate School for Northamerican Studies

INSTITUTION: Freie Uniformität Berlin

TITLE: Mapping the Imaginary In the Theoretic Bubble - Best Western Tourism Studies, Urban Studies, Cultural Studies.

As a tourist, Lina Tegtmeyer behaves like a scholar. She visits libraries in famous metropolises and smells old books and engages strangers inconversations. As a scholar, she has been trained in authentic interdisciplinarity. At the intersection of North American Studies, Latin American Literature, Cultural Studies and Urban Studies, she stumbled across Tourism Studies. She is also an illustrator and currently doing a B.A. in Graphic Design and a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School for North American Studies. In her dissertation, she looks at photographic discourses of ”the ghetto” as juxtaposition to the ”tourist bubble” in New York City and Detroit.


NAME: Ami Temarantz


INSTITUTION: Dalhousie University

TITLE: “Take a Picture with a Real Indian”: (Self-) Representation, Ecotourism, and Indigeneity in Amazonia

Ami Temarantz is a Master of Arts student in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her MA thesis, a development of her ethno-ecological and ethnological fieldwork experiences in the Peruvian Amazon, explores the intersection of tourism, environment and development. It explores the selfrepresentation of Amazonian peoples in the e-marketing of their ecotourism operations.

Ami graduated Summa Cum Laude from Connecticut College with a BA (Hon.) in Anthropology and Museum Studies. Her research interests include development, anthropology, indigenous peoples, Latin America (especially Amazonia), natural resource exploitation, environmental and social justice, representation and otherness.


NAME: Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

DEPARTMENT: School of Anthropology and Conservation

INSTITUTION: University of Kent

TITLE: Scorn or idealization? Tourism imaginaries, exoticisation and ambivalence

Dimitrios Theodossopoulos teaches anthropology at the University of Kent. His earlier work examined people-wildlife conflicts and indigenous perceptions of the environment. He is currently working on ethnic stereotypes, indigeneity, authenticity and the politics of cultural representation in Panama and South East Europe. He is author of Troubles with Turtles: Cultural Understandings of the Environment on a Greek Island (Berghahn, 2003), editor of When Greeks Think about Turks: The View from Anthropology (Routledge, 2006) and co-editor of United in Discontent: Local Responses to Cosmopolitanism and Globalization (Berghahn, 2009) and Great Expectations: Imagination and Anticipation in Tourism (Berghahn, 2011).


NAME: Anke Tonnaer

DEPARTMENT: Dept. of Anthropology and Development Studies

INSTITUTION: Radboud University Nijmegen

TITLE: “I love not man the less, but Nature more": An anthropological exploration of touristic imaginings of Man and the Wild



NAME: Raghuraman Trichur

DEPARTMENT: Anthropology

INSTITUTION: Sacramento State University

TITLE: Tourism and Nation Building in Postcolonial Goa.

Raghuraman Trichur is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at California State University, Sacramento.  He holds a PhD from Temple University.  Prior to pursuing advanced studies in Cultural Anthropology, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Bombay and a Master’s degree in Tourism Studies from the George Washington University.

Prof. Trichur’s research interest includes Political Economy, Tourism, Violence, Representation and Cultural Politics.  He has been conducting research in Goa, India since 1995 and is currently in the process of finalizing a book length manuscript locating the development of tourism within the broader political economic transformation of the Goan society.


NAMEVaso Trova

 Dip. Arch. Eng NTUA (1986), MSc UCL (1989), is associate professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly, Greece where she teaches urban design. She has been a lecturer at the London South Bank University and a visiting teacher at the AA London. A practicing architect, she has designed and implemented various projects in Greece, she has won prizes in architectural competitions and has participated in exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

Her research focuses on design issues in reference to contemporary urban phenomena, mobility and temporary inhabitation, urban networks and their relation to the designed space.


NAME: Hazel Tucker

DEPARTMENT: Department of Tourism

INSTITUTION: University of Otago

TITLE: Moving towards postcolonial possibilities of tourist imaginaries



NAME: Luc Vacher


INSTITUTION: UMR 6250 LIttoral ENvironnement et Sociétés (LIENSs) CNRS-Université de La Rochelle

TITLE: Le merveilleux des eaux tropicales : l’invention d’un imaginaire touristique au rythme des évolutions technologiques.

Luc Vacher est maître de conférences en géographie à l’Université de La Rochelle (France). Il a publié de nombreux articles sur les processus de mises en tourisme et participé au sein de l’équipe MIT (Paris 7) à l’écriture de « Tourisme 2, Moments de lieux ». Ces recherches actuelles dans le cadre de l’UMR LIENSs CNRS-Université de La Rochelle traitent des pratiques touristiques et de la définition ou redéfinition des lieux en relation avec ces pratiques.

 Luc Vacher is a senior lecturer in geography at the University of La Rochelle (France). He has published numerous articles on processes of touristification and participated with équipe MIT (Paris 7) in the writing of « Tourisme 2, Moments de lieux ». His current research interests in the UMR LIENSs CNRS-Université de La Rochelle is on touristic practices and the definition or redefinition of space in relation to these practices.


NAME: Chris Vasantkumar

DEPARTMENT: Anthropology

INSTITUTION: Hamilton College

TITLE: Intersecting Tourisms, Parallel Imaginaries? Palimpsestic Itineraries of Han and Western Tourists to Langmusi, Northwest China




DEPARTMENT: Département de Sciences de l'information et de la communication

INSTITUTION: Université d'Avignon (France)


Hécate Vergopoulos est doctorante en Sciences de l'information et de la communication. Elle est membre du programme international de Doctorat en "Muséologie, médiation, patrimoine" conjoint de l'Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse (France) et de l'Université du  Québec à Montréal (Canada). Ses recherches portent sur les guides de voyage.
Hécate Vergopoulos is a PhD candidate in Information and Communication Sciences. She is a member of the International Programme "Muséologie, médiation, patrimoine" led by the Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse (France) and the Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada).
She works more precisely on travel guides.



NAME: Philippe Viallon

INSTITUTION: University of Lyon

TITLE: Les sites web des métropoles touristiques entre images et imaginaires 

Philippe Viallon est enseignant–chercheur à l’Université Lyon 2, docteur et habilité en sciences de l’information et de la communication, après avoir été attaché culturel à l’Ambassade de France à Berlin et professeur à l’Université de Genève. Il est auteur ou co-auteur de plusieurs ouvrages dont certains ont été traduits en langue étrangère : La communication touristique, Kommunikation, Gesellschaft und Medien), ou Identité et Altérité : état des lieux de la recherche sur l’interculturalité en Franceet en Allemagne. Il a également prononcé de nombreuses conférences et rédigé un grand nombre d’articles sur l’image, les médias, la dimension interculturelle de la communication et sur le tourisme.




TITLE: Simulated Authenticity

Philip Feifan Xie is an Associate Professor of the Tourism, Leisure and Event Planning program and School Director of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. He holds a PhD in planning from the University of Waterloo, Canada. His areas of specialization include cultural and heritage tourism. He has done extensive research on ethnic tourism in Asia

est sociologue, enseignant-chercheur à l’université de Perpignan, membre de l’Equipe d’Accueil (Voyage Echange Confrontation Transformation) depuis 1997 après avoir soutenu une thèse de doctorat en sociologie sur le tourisme (1996) à l’Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille). Ses travaux sur l’expérience touristique s’inscrivent dans une approche qui raccorde sociologie critique et sociologie pragmatique des régimes d’action.
Alain Girard is a sociologist, lecturer at the University of Perpignan, member since 1997 of the VECT (Voyage Echange Confrontation Transformation) after having defended a phd thesis in sociology about Tourism (1996) at the University of Provence (Aix-Marseille). His work on the tourist experience are part of an approach that try to connect critical sociology and pragmatic sociology.