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Comment by David Picard on December 1, 2011 at 7:50pm

Regimes of Value in Tourism: Concepts, Politics and Practices
TOCOCU 2nd Biannual Conference
Sion, Switzerland, 2-4 July 2012

The conference aims to explore different concepts of value that emerge in the social field of tourism. At a general level, we can distinguish here between value as conceptualized by different academic disciplines and value as lived, expressed, and embodied by various actors within tourism as practice and social field. Tourism is often considered a profit generating industry where the utility value paid by tourists is larger than the exchange value of products (in classical terms, the cost of production using labor, capital and land). Yet, a large number of tourism-related practices, services and exchanges escape any strict definition of commodities—such as forms of free hospitality, sites located in the public domain, or intangible tourist values such as the “atmosphere” of a city, the “beauty” of a landscape or artwork, the “purity” of a natural or spiritual site, the “friendliness” of a local population, etc. It is an important element of the conference to discuss conceptions of value in tourism that transcend a strictly economic definition. In this sense we are interested, on the one hand, in the differentiated emotional, moral and ethical cultures by means of which tourists experience attractions and assign value. On the other hand, we wish to explore how various local, regional, national, international, and transnational actors and instances capture, conceptualize and assemble economic, political, cultural, spatial value associated with touristic places.

Debating Value in Tourism
Value is a highly controversial concept. Most debates about value and regimes of value are transpired by political projects, aims and ideologies. For some value represents a practical tool to account for the wealth an object or a practice is able to generate or maintain. For others it is a moral instrument to govern and legitimize the justice of social action and political order in society. For others still, it is an essential quality of Self inherited from various types of relatives, spirits or ancestors. Tourism is one of the social fields in which these different meanings of, and ideological claims to, value become visible and often clash. Through the public display of social life, sites and cultural artifacts, value is mobilized here as a tangible resource, as an ethical claim and as a cultural device governing tourism production. It is simultaneously exchange value for touristic producers, utility value for tourism consumers, magical value for tourists and social and symbolic value for the participating host societies. Regimes of value in tourism are often either relativistic (promoting forms of belonging, i.e. nationalism, cosmopolitanism, ethnicism) or mercantile (heritage economics, tourism economics, heritage marketing). In all cases, their specific configuration and underlying moral order, and their ability to impose themselves as dominant model to think about places reshape entire territories and the life worlds of their inhabitants. For instance, the historical invention of the seaside, mountains, the picturesque, and monuments as videnda has led to the emancipation of new spatial values in and of destinations. Economically, by financing infrastructures for mass tourism, developing tourism clusters and implicating World Bank sponsored tourism development programmes, tourism generated a new form of monetary valorization of land and sites that have not previously had any considerable “exchange value”. Tourism often induced here a land revolution transforming formerly marginalized spaces such as seashores, rural centers, remnants of ancient architecture and mountains into new economic resource bases, by that means provoking a subversion of previous symbolic meanings and spatial structures. Politically, it created “growth coalitions” in tourist destinations where economic and political values of tourism were reconsidered in terms of an urban development logic of tourist resorts, and where tourist resources became regulated through law and/or less formal power relationships. Culturally, it led to the reorganization of societies in terms of emerging tourism cultures, where tourism related heritage displays and performances began to constitute an economic and moral value in itself, allowing people in destinations to generate livelihoods and participate in social life. Ethically, the production and display of such heritage allowed political stakeholders to emancipate different claims to identity – e.g. nationalist, ethnic, cosmopolite – as guiding ethical principle to govern a person’s, community’s or humanity’s being in the world and thus to operate a civilizing control of violence between people, societies and cultures. The universalizing ethics of world heritage promoted and institutionalized by international organizations such as UNESCO represents here a specific case. A particularly important current issue brought about by cultural policy stakeholders, heritage site managers and economists concerns means by which to account for the value and regimes of value in tourism, especially with regard to intangible heritage, privately owned properties in public places and sites that belong to the commons.

Themes and Topics

 - How is value in tourism and travel conceptualized, normalized and measured, according to different disciplines and social actors (tourism and heritage planners, cultural policy makers, tourists, local populations, anthropologists, sociologists, economists, geographers)?

- What values are mobilized and experienced by tourists? To which emotional cultures and morals do they pertain? What are the values inherent in concepts like nature, god, world heritage, or humanity? How have they been historically formed? What kinds of society do they reflect? What political projects and which humanities do they articulate?

- How is value produced in tourism and for tourists? How is this production of value governed? Who owns such value? Who derives an economic or symbolic remuneration of it? How are values and their remuneration regulated? What systems of value accountancy and redistribution are in place? How tensions, contradictions and controversies over values are constructed and negotiated when touristic referents are invoked?

- Why, and how (through which processes), are such regimes of value maintained? What kind of social order and forms of participation do they reflect and help to reproduce in the construction of tourism? How different actors construct and cope with contradictions between value regimes? And how do they function as devices for social inclusion and exclusion? What ethical claims do they imply, and how do they translate these in social life?

The conference takes place from 2 to 4 July 2012 in Sion, Switzerland (a two hour ride from Geneva airport). It is jointly organised by the Tourism-Contact-Culture Research Network (TOCOCU) and the Department of Tourism Studies of the University Institute Kurt Bösch (IUKB). IUKB’s mission focuses on inter- and transdisciplinary approaches in teaching and research. The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Tourism (CRIT) is one of the programs, bringing together anthropological, sociological, geographical, politological and economic approaches of tourism. TOCOCU was created in 2009 as a means to bring together social scientists interested in research on tourism. The first conference of the network, “Tourism and Seductions of Difference,” organised in 2009 at New University of Lisbon in Portugal attracted more than 200 international scholars and represented a major milestone in the recent history of critical tourism research. This second biannual event again aims to generate interdisciplinary debate about a specific topic. As in previous TOCOCU events, the maxim of the conference is to be accessible and to create spaces of exchange between academics. All abstracts will be assessed by the scientific committee.

Call for Papers and Abstract Submission (deadline 15 March 2012)
The conference wishes to bring together academics from all social sciences (anthropology, sociology, psychology, geograpgy, economics, political sciences, etc.), tourism and heritage policy, and the emerging fields of heritage and environmental economics. The Call for Papers is open untill 15 March 2012. All abstracts will be reviewed individually by the members of the academic board (based on a point system). Based on this review, a short list of accepted abstracts will be created and communicated in early-mid April 2012. If presentation slots become available at a later stage, late abstracts may be accepted. The conference will initially accept a maximum of 100 papers.

To submit an abstract, please use the following link: Abstract Submission at the website of TOCOCU.

Opportunity to Organise Thematic Panels
We encourage scholars to organise thematic panels focusing on any aspect of the conference theme. We would expect panel organisers to prepare and constitute these panels well before the deadline for abstract submissions. Panel organisers must make sure that all panel participants will submit individual abstracts through the abstract submission system of the conference. All abstracts, be they part of pre-arranged panels or not, will be reviewed anonymously at the same time by the academic board of the conference. If some or all abstracts of pre-arranged panels are not accepted, panel organisers will be asked to reconfigure their panels by reducing their size or by including papers that were submitted through the general Call for Papers. To constitute a panel that fits in the organisation time frame of the conference, we advise panel organisers to group sets of three papers (corresponding to 90 minutes in the conference), with a maximum of 12 papers (corresponding to 4 90-minute sessions) for each panel. Please drop us a line if you wish to organise a panel.

Mathis Stock , CRIT, University Institute Kurt Bösch, Switzerland
David Picard, CRIA, New University of Lisbon, Portugal

Scientific Committee (this may be further enlarged at a later stage)
Simone Abram, CTCC/Leeds Met, Leeds, UK
Olivier Crevoisier, Univ. Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Christophe Clivaz, CRIT, IUKB, Sion, Switzerland
Saskia Cousin, IIAC-LAIOIS/EHESS, Paris, France
Michael di Giovine, Anthrop/Univ Chicago, Chicago, USA
Pamila Gupta, New York New School, NYC, USA
Naomi Leite, Anthrop/Univ Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
Kenneth Little, Anthrop/York Univ, Toronto, Canada
Stéphane Nahrath, CRIT, IUKB, Sion, Switzerland
David Picard, CRIA-UNL/FCSH, Lisbon, Portugal
Mike Robinson, Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, UK
Noel Salazar, CuMoRe/Leuven Univ, Leuven, Belgium
Valerio Simoni, Anthrop/Lisbon University Institute, Portugal
Lina Tegtmeyer, America Stud/Free Univ, Berlin, Germany
Mathis Stock, CRIT, IUKB, Sion, Switzerland
Laurent Tissot, Univ. Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Further information

Comment by Marjorie Murray on November 15, 2011 at 10:39pm

Call for papers: "Parenting: kinship, expertise and anxiety" (W043)

EASA2012: Uncertainty and disquiet
Nanterre University, France, 10/07/2012 – 13/07/2012


Marjorie Murray (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Charlotte Faircloth (University of Kent)

Short Abstract

This panel explores the implications of a trend towards expert-informed, outcome-oriented 'intensive parenting' in a range of ethnographic contexts. We focus on the intersection between kinship, expertise and anxiety, highlighting the paradoxical perception of parents as omnipotent and incompetent.

Long Abstract

A trend towards 'intensive parenting' has been widely noted by scholars working in in a range of Euro-American contexts. This 'parenting' they contend, is not just a new word for childrearing, or care activities associated with traditional kinship roles. Instead, it requires a certain level of expertise and an affiliation to a way of raising a child, framed in theories that attribute parental centrality to particular 'outcomes'. Parents are urged to 'spend a tremendous amount of time, energy and money in raising their children' (Hays 1996:x). More broadly, recent social policies in the UK and elsewhere have invested in 'parental education' under the assumption that parenting is the source of, and solution to, different social ills.

These changes have had a profound impact on the way adults experience parenthood: cast as both omnipotent and incompetent, parents are encouraged to seek 'support' from experts, triangulating the relationship with their child. Parenting has become bound to the job of risk management, at once creating and fuelling the market for these experts who 'enable' parents to avoid certain risks and 'optimise' their children (Lee 2007). We ask then, how does expertise intersect with kinship relations? Are parents actually anxious and 'paranoid' (Furedi 2002), or does ethnographic evidence reveal something different? Is this an international trend, or something confined to specific class-based milieus in specific contexts? This panel will explore the implications of this wider historical shift, through the use of ethnographic examples.

The call for papers is now open and will close on November 28. To propose a paper you can do so at:




Comment by Caterina Borelli on November 5, 2011 at 9:25pm

Call for papers: "How to survive transitional chaos: new post-socialist solidarities" (W045)

EASA2012: Uncertainty and disquiet
Nanterre University, France, 10/07/2012 – 13/07/2012


Caterina Borelli (Universitat de Barcelona)
Fabio Mattioli (CUNY Graduate Center)

Short Abstract

The panel focuses on post-socialist societies, exploring not only the violence of transition but also the productive moments whereby new solidarities are elaborated. By not focusing on a specific region, the panel aims at discussing the future(s) of the concept of post-socialism.

Long Abstract

This panel focuses on so-called post-socialist societies. In the last two decades, anthropologists have underlined the problems posed by transitions from socialism. Far from being an untroubled one-way process, transition has often carried with it profound instability, if not chaos. Many authors have stressed how the vagaries of the new market economy have had a disruptive effect on previous social relations, institutions and networks. Seeing the uncertainty and unpredictability of everyday life in post-socialist societies, anthropologists have described transition as a violent process of restructuring socialist society - a theme easily forgotten by western "transitology".

This panel sets out to expand such contributions, exploring transitions as productive moments. While recognizing the common experience of harsh transformation, we focus rather on the creative ways people inhabit their new situation. We examine the multiple paths through which people reconfigure the socialist past in alternative strategies for the present. We look at the new forms of solidarity that have been patched together during the transition, i.e. political actions, networks of informal economy, collective expressions of many-sided sensibilities. Because "postsocialism" is no longer a region-specific condition, we aim at generating a wider debate about its own "post" - under the rubric of the new: new forms of social cohesion, contestation and organization of civil society; alternative visions and practices of politics; emergent meanings of sociality, authority, and leadership. Looking at transitional chaos in its creative aspects, the panel explores the way the "first post-socialist generations" reshape the prior order in pathways towards the future.

Chair: Katherine Verdery (CUNY)

Comment by Jonathan Skinner on October 25, 2011 at 6:58am
Call for Papers: "Hesitation and uncertainty in bodily practice" (W122)

EASA2012: Uncertainty and disquiet
Nanterre University, France, 10/07/2012 – 13/07/2012


Eleni Bizas (University of St Andrews)
Jonathan Skinner (Queen's University Belfast)

Short Abstract

This panel focuses on the nature of hesitation and uncertainty in bodily practice. We wish to interrogate these turning-point moments in the learning, the doing, and the observing of dance and other forms. How too might a refined understanding of these moments and their conceptualisation assist with the more general anthropological enterprise?


Hesitation, moments of uncertainty, and accidental events are part of a dancer's experience in learning, doing and performing dance. In dance traditions, such in-between moments communicate, do, and symbolize differently and need to be approached appropriately by participants and researchers alike.

A hesitation is perhaps a particular moment of being, a defining pause or lull to becoming. A hesitation might be accidental - suggesting a cognitive and/or corporeal uncertainty about movements. The accidental in an otherwise scripted performance may be ignored or appropriated, perhaps signaling the performers' confidence, creativity and artistic authorship. Hesitation can also be instrumental. It may be performed to introduce one's solo so as to communicate improvisation to the audience. Unscripted moments may also be part of a performance, to allow for individual or group expression. The ambiguity of hesitation in a performance might challenge the expectations of an artistic community. The audience as well as the performers - and apprentice anthropologist - may experience insecurity in the inbetweeness of the hesitation. However, whereas uncertainty in one's dancing can indicate the degree of familiarity with the 'rules of the game', insecurity signals a 'break' with one's habitus while highlighting the aesthetic values of, say, an unfamiliar dance.

This panel focuses on the nature of hesitation and uncertainty in bodily practice. We wish to interrogate these turning-point moments in the learning, the doing, and the observing of dance and other forms. How too might a refined understanding of these moments and their conceptualisation assist with the more general anthropological enterprise?

The call for papers is now open and will close on November 28. To propose a paper you can do so at:
Comment by Klaus Rominger on August 8, 2011 at 5:59am

Hi everyone,

Although many symposiums and Research Congress' ask that you write a paper and cover all of your expenses during the course of delivering your research to the audience- it is a very good way to get your work out there.


That said- you might want to check if the Symposiums/Research Congress' in which you want to attend and lecture at will place your paper in a either a primary or non-primary Journal.

Primary Journals are peer reviewed while non-primary Journals are usually used in house within the University or organization in which you plan to deliver your paper. This is something to keep in mind before you write the paper, with the salient feature here being that peer reviewed stuff will invariably be harder to write but potentially more valuable to your careers in Anthropology.


but either way- peer reviewed or not-whenever you deliver a paper there are always funding agencies there-so try to keep that in mind and choose a topic they would are either currently funding or would potentially fund.


Being an Anthropologist is fun but invariably we would all like to be able to afford the luxuries of life food


I know many of you already much of this info but my first few Symposiums I didn't





Comment by Julia Yezbick on April 26, 2011 at 3:43pm
New journal from Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab and the new metaLAB@Harvard:

Sensate is an online, media-based journal for the creation, presentation, and critique of innovative projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Our aim is to build on the current groundswell of pioneering activities in the digital humanities, scholarly publishing, and innovative media practice to integrate new modes of scholarship into the cognitive life of the academy and beyond.

Sensate aims to foster new forms of scholarship that expand the traditional paradigm of academic discourse and open new possibilities for scholarship and artistic creation. Fundamental to this expansion is reimagining what constitutes a ‘piece’ of scholarship or art. Work featured in Sensate might take the form of audiovisual ethnographic research, multimedia mash-ups, experiments in media archaeology, participatory media projects, or digitized collections of archival media, artifacts, maps, or objects. By highlighting the processes of media and knowledge production, we hope to foster emergent and generative scholarship.

We hope that you will find many ways to engage with not only the content, but the ever-expanding network of Sensate collaborators. We welcome any feedback, provocations, and invitations for collaboration. Please contact us at:

Sensate is free and open-access. Please visit the site at:
Comment by Erica Borgstrom on March 31, 2011 at 4:38pm
Call for Papers- Annual Symposium (Health and Welfare Research Group)

Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Location: CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

Keynote Speaker:  Dr Monica Greco (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London)

Call for Papers Deadline: 15 April 2011

Online Registration should be open in May

Annual Symposium


Health Behaviours, Therapy Culture & Therapy Criticism, Intervention

This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together researchers working on diverse aspects of health and welfare. The one-day workshop is designed to showcase ongoing research by postgraduates and early career researchers, in order to promote academic exchange and future collaboration. Dr Monica Greco, senior lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London, will give a keynote address.

The Health and Welfare Research Group is a graduate-faculty research group at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). From an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, the group studies the construction and conceptualisation of human and social well-being in diverse historical periods and geographical areas. The Group also considers the impact of these ideas on the contemporary practice of healthcare and the implementation of welfare policy.

The Symposium will focus on the three themes which have been explored in the Health and Welfare programme of reading groups and seminars for 2010-11.

These are:
Health Behaviours ~ Therapy Culture & Therapy Criticism ~ Intervention

We welcome proposals for papers or posters from researchers working in any discipline that addresses one or more aspect of these themes. Please send a title, short abstract (no more than 150 words) and details of institutional affiliation to: by 15 April 2011

Comment by Ana Bravo-Moreno on November 8, 2010 at 10:03pm

Para presentar una comunicación, por favor, enviad vuestro resumen a:




Coordinadora: Dra. Ana Bravo Moreno (Universidad de Granada)
Ponente invitada: Dra. Rossella Ragazzi (Tromso University)

Resumen: La Mesa Temática explorará los elementos emocionales que acompañan y condicionan los procesos realizados por los niños y jóvenes hijos de inmigrantes en sus trayectorias de incorporación a las instituciones de la sociedad receptora, que en los casos de reagrupación familiar incluyen la re-incorporación a sus propias estructuras familiares tras periodos de separación y en situaciones nuevas. En este sentido, se abordarán cuestiones relacionadas con el impacto que estas experiencias y su tratamiento en las escuelas puede tener según cómo se plantee su consideración y tratamiento. La mesa quiere estimular la presentación de investigaciones que exploren estas subjetividades desde metodologías innovadoras (participativas, audiovisuales, proyectivas, etc.).
Comment by maria cardeira da silva on September 27, 2010 at 12:19pm
(P122) Islam in the making and unmaking of places

The 10th international SIEF congress will take place in Lisbon, 17-21 April 2011.

The Call for papers closes 15 October.

(P122) Islam in the making and unmaking of places
Maria Cardeira da Silva (CRIA/FCHS-UNL) and José Mapril (CRIA/ISCTE-IUL)

Short Abstract
There's a gap between research in Islamic contexts and research in contexts with Muslim minorities. Assuming that it is heuristically important to seek the ethnographic continuities between what has been called the center and periphery of Islamic and Arab we invite contributions that testify to that.

Long Abstract
In the current anthropological literature, a gap seems to persist between ethnographic research carried out in Islamic contexts and that undertaken in contexts in which Muslims are minorities. This is clearly visible in theoretical terms, namely because the debates and issues raised in one context differ significantly from those in the other. In this panel, though, we assume that regardless of the specificity of each context, it is heuristically important to seek the theoretical and ethnographic continuities between what has been sometimes called the center and periphery of Islamic and Arab contexts. Themes such as translocal Islam, revivalist movements, the place of religion in the public space, Islamic education and governmentality efforts, secularism, (liberal) citizenship, consumption, ‘modernity’, ethical self fashioning, gender negotiations, political Islam, ‘correct’ Islamic practices, etc, are some of the topics that continuously affect Muslims wherever they are. In this panel we invite contributions that address such or other issues, in a way that, from an ethnographic or theoretical point of view, can give evidence for and testify to our assumption.
Comment by László Fosztó on September 27, 2010 at 9:08am
Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology

Call for Papers: Social closure

Deadline for submission of papers: December 6, 2010

The Journal invites contributions for its third issue: “Social
closure”. Authors are invited to explore the differentiation of “us”
from “them”, its transformation and trespassing in various social
classifications based on gender, ethnicity, occupation, lifestyles,
body shapes, beliefs, or other marks.

The Call for papers invites contributions that clarify, for Journal
readers, the social processes involved in social closure and social
openings. Some of the topics which may be of interest in this
reflection include:

- How are groups and group identities shaped and transformed?
- How are social borders created, maintained, transformed, discarded,
or ignored?
- What repertoires of norms regulate border crossings?
- How do individuals approach social borders and their rules of use?
- How do moral concepts and judgments relate to processes of social closure?
- Does social closure shape in any way the process of sociological or
anthropological research?

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