Accepted paper:

Moved to tears: everyday life banalities into kitchen ethnography

Author:

David Picard (University of Lausanne)

Paper short abstract:

Drawing on ethnographic research on tour guides in the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion, the paper explores how everyday life banalities are assembled into deeply moving stories.

Paper long abstract:

Drawing on ethnographic research on tour guides in the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion, the paper explores how everyday life banalities are assembled into deeply moving stories. Through our focus on what we call "kitchen ethnography", we will discuss the evocative power of metaphors in tour guide performances and the connections they enable between representational and embodied forms of knowledge and learning. Moreover, kitchen ethnography becomes a good starting point to return to the discussion on the very boundaries between ethnography and story-telling, and vice and versa.

panel P088
The technologies and techniques of guiding: tour guides as cultural mediators