Papers will examine the role of memory in the touristic experience and how these memories themselves metaphorically 'travel' to different places as they are remembered. The panel is intended to further develop the discussion of memory in anthropology.
Much writing on memory in anthropology is centred on the traumatic, the implicitly negative. Where in this discussion are memories of the positive, the ecstatic, the 'peak' experiences? It is these moments that some would say most frequently occur while away from home. Memories of such things are what those who study the touristic experience consistently hear about. Little seems to be remembered of the negative, the disconcerting, the tedious that can be the 'other' side of the travel experience. To better understand the role of memory in the touristic experience and how these memories themselves metaphorically 'travel' to different places as they are remembered, papers are invited which address themes/questions such as: what role does memory play in shaping tourists' travel desires; what does the 'filtering' of memories about the touristic experience say about it; how are memories of visits to 'dark tourist attractions' (such as war memorials, battlefields, holocaust museums, 'shanty' towns) rendered 'positive'; in the post 9/11 world how are the ever increasing personal scrutiny and encumbrances of the actual journey 'remembered'; what role do memories of travel play in the ongoing relationship between travel companions; do memories of particular travel experiences change over time as tourists move through what has been called their 'travel careers'? From what are anticipated to be ethnographically rich papers, this panel is designed to develop more fully the discussion of memory in anthropology.