Accepted Paper:

Fast technologies and slow travels: experiencing place through apps, virtual maps, and walking  

Author:

Linda McNenly (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Paper short abstract:

Based on preliminary research and a case study analysis, this paper considers how this technology-human hybrid form of mobility and travel may possibly lead to different experiences and understandings of place.

Paper long abstract:

Developments in travel and technological advancements have led to an increase in the speed with which people and information travel across great distances. One can experience another place, another country even, within an hour or two of travel; or, one can visit these places virtually, in an instant, with a click, or with a swipe of a finger or two. While travel and technological advancements may have led to increased mobility and 'fast tourism,' this paper explores how new technology intersects with human powered movement leads to a form of 'slow tourism.' Specifically, it examines how the use of mobile applications and virtual maps for walking tours produces new ways of interacting with our environment. Based on preliminary research and a case study analysis, this paper considers how this technology-human hybrid form of mobility and travel may possibly lead to different experiences and understandings of place.

Panel MB-AMS04
"Moveo ergo sum": towards an anthropology of embodied mobilities [IUAES-Tourism, EASA AnthroMob]