Accepted Paper:

The Aesthetics and Politics of Cultural Tourism in Iran   

Author:

Ladan Ghahramani

Paper short abstract:

This paper argues that the manner in which cultural tourism is being promoted by identifying market for the artifacts, heritage monuments, prehistoric sites and the local festivals is rooted in the distinction between 'domestic' and 'external' tourists.

Paper long abstract:

This paper argues that the manner in which cultural tourism is being promoted by identifying market for the artifacts, heritage monuments, prehistoric sites and the local festivals is rooted in the distinction between 'domestic' and 'external' tourists especially the way it contributes to national identity and citizenship in Iran.

A country marked with political upheavals in recent past is still negotiating with the problem of representation of its identity through the consumption of different cultural products in local and global markets.

The tourism policy in Iran clearly reflects the different experiences that these categories of tourists undergo during their touristic journeys. While examining the role of various institutions and state agencies in shaping the touristic experiences, this paper also attempts to provide a comparison with Turkey, a neighboring country in the region

Panel P10
Consuming culture: the politics and aesthetics of cultural tourism in different national traditions