Tourist mobilities in contemporary Africa
Nad├Ęge Chabloz (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
Anne Doquet (IRD)
Start time:
29 June, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Tourist mobility implied technical, human, financial and cultural flows. This panel is designed to show these transnational flows, the practices and representations of tourists in Africa and the political implications of tourism.

Long abstract:

Often considered as the cradle of humanity, Africa now occupies a prominent place in the imaginaries of tourists in search of roots, authenticity and human warmth. The neo-colonial figure of the rich and all-mighty white tourist has been increasingly replaced by that of the cultural, responsible, fair and respectful tourist in search of encounters with the Other and/or in search with his origins.Contributions will examine whether tourists are viewed by natives solely as a resource or as potential providers of foreign "residence permits", or if the way the visited look at the visitors is more complex or ambivalent. We would also like to focus on the representations and imaginaries of African tourists in Africa, of members of a diaspora, as well as of tourists who do not come from former colonizing countries. A shift of perspective could bring to light not so much different behaviours as asymmetric desires and culturally-bounded ideologies of travel. It could also show that social dynamics of tourism refer to political issues and economic inequalities which determine the access to leisure mobility. Finally, it could examine how tourism is raising new transnational issues, either by weakening the territorial borders inherited from colonial times or by taking part in the reconfiguration of the relations between Western countries and the rest of the world. Contributions can address these issues from various angles (human geography, history, sociology, anthropology, visual anthropology).