CFP Tourism and Seductions of Difference. Lisbon, Portugal, 10-12 Sept 2010

Please find below a CFP for TOURISM AND SEDUCTIONS OF DIFFERENCE, an international conference jointly organised by the Tourism-Contact-Culture Research Network (TOCOCU), the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change (CTCC) at
Leeds Metropolitan University, and the Centre for Anthropological Research in
Portugal (CRIA).

The conference will take place at the New University of Lisbon, in Lisbon, Portugal, 10-12 September 2010. The deadline to submit abstracts is 20 March 2010. In addition to the general CFP, a number of special interest panels
are being proposed as part of the event (with a different deadline; see below).
Please find updated information about the conference at

As tourism research spreads into the social sciences, the aim of this Conference is to bring together social scientists studying tourism and related social phenomena from different disciplinary perspectives. The focus on
‘seductions of difference’ tackles one of the central ontological premises of
tourism, the relations to ‘Others’ – people, spaces, times, objects – and the
way in which these enable the constitution and maintenance of Selves. Tourists
travel to, and through, spaces ‘different’ from those they inhabit most of the
time. They voluntarily expose their bodies to different environments, ingest
different foods, live in a different temporality, and meet different people.
Many authors have studied how such differences are socially construed, how
people, temporalities and places are experienced and brought into being through
the perceptive realms of the journey, but also through the political agendas of
stakeholders acting within the field of tourism planning and cultural policy.
The cultural history of tourism indicates that tourists are ‘drawn in’ by certain
types of places – forests, mountains, rivers, churches and religious shrines,
stately homes and palaces, ancient monuments, ruins, waterfalls, seashores,
countrysides, islands, cities, etc. Some psychologists, for instance, have
observed how some places – such as Florence, Jerusalem, or Paris – trigger
quasi-Stendhalian epiphanies among certain tourists who often do not seem to
share more than a common nationality. Who, or what are they seduced by? What
constitutes this arousal? How do tourists learn what to be seduced by? How is
the tourist experience and the temptation to travel culturally framed? What can
these attractions tell us about the moral order of tourism and modern culture?
How are forms of local, ethnic, gender and national self being worked and
shaped in the contact zones of tourism? How are tourist attractions assembled
to entice tourists? Seduction is no isolated act but always has some form of
consequence and usually demands compensation. In the same vein, touristic
consumption is not free, and in different senses implies forms of expected
reciprocity. What are the moral obligations of those who lure tourists to a
symbolic death by singing a siren song? How are tourists resuscitated, and how
do they buy their freedom? What are the threats and consequences of seducing
tourists? What happens when tourists seduce? How does tourism seduce all sorts
of people and who rejects seduction? What kinds of society result from tourism?


Along with studies on methodological issues in tourism research, we welcome papers that address issues related to the theme of the conference. Indicative topics of interest include:

 - Seduction as ontological work: maintaining identity, socialising time and space, others

- Formations of seduction: social assemblages, contact cultures, attractions

- Fields of seduction: gender, houses, heritages, nations, territories, classes

- Mediums of seduction: texts, bodies, arts, architectures, foods and natures

- Techniques of seduction: performance, flirtation, enticement, friendship, magic, concealment

- Emotions of seduction: temptations, transgressions, ingestions, emancipations

- Threats of seduction: spoliation, contamination, exclusion, death, degradation

- Politics of seduction: hospitality, containment, kinship, power

- Moralities of seduction: values, reciprocity, obligations, co-habitation

- Consequences of seduction: mobilities, cosmopolitanisms, world society



To propose a paper, please send a
250 word abstract including title and full contact details to The Call for Papers for this event will
initially be open until 20 March 2010. Late abstracts may be considered.
All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the academic committee.


There is also an option to submit
papers to SPECIAL INTEREST PANELS organised as part of the conference. These
panels work as double or triple sessions (6 or 9 papers) and are fully
integrated to the general conference programme. While thematically connected to
the overall conference theme, these panels aim to deepen a particular
theoretical or thematic aspect, or explore new ideas or hypothesis. The
organisation of these special interest panels is semi-autonomous; each has its
own panel director(s) and most have launched their own call for papers. The
deadline for submitting abstracts (150 words + full contact details of authors
- directly sent to the panel directors) to these special interest panels may be
after the deadline for the general call for papers.  More details and information at our website.


List of Special Interest Panels:


1. Slumming: Tourism and the Seductive Marginal (Panel directed by Fabian Frenzel, Bristol, and Ko Koens, LeedsMet, UK)


2. Seductions of History: Visitors’ Motives and Experiences in Historical Destinations (Panel directed by Luis Silva, CRIA / FCSH-Universidade Nova de Lisboa)


3. Seducing Bodies (Panel directed by Valerio Simoni, CRIA-ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal)


4. Rethinking Pilgrimage, Seduction and Difference (Panel directed By Michael A. Di Giovine, Dept of Anthropology, University of Chicago, discussant Regina Bendix, Univ Goettingen, Germany)


5. Borders, Unfamiliarity and (Im)mobilities  (Panel directed by Bas Spierings, Urban and Regional Research Centre Utrecht, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University)


6. Seducing Wilderness (Panel directed by Dennis Zuev, CIES-ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal)


7. Cartographies of Seduction: Tourism, Objects and Places (Panel directed by Filipa Fernandes, ISCSP - Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Portugal)


8. Seductions of Ugliness (Panel directed by Tamas Regi, CTCC, Leeds Met, UK and David Picard, CRIA-UNL, Lisbon, Portugal).



Fully revised papers accepted at
the conference will be published in the conference proceedings (ISBN referred
electronic format with international distribution). We are also exploring
opportunities to publish an edited book and special issues of peer reviewed
academic journals based on a selection of papers (developed into full articles).
More info on this shall be available shortly after the event.




Carina Amaral and David Picard

Conference email:




CRIA/FCSH-Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Lisbon, Portugal


CTCC, Leeds Metropolitan University,

Leeds, United Kingdom

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